The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is a one-stop shop for everything acquisition career-related. Your Army DACM Office is responsible for ensuring acquisition career development, talent management initiatives, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). The AAW consists of approximately 37,000 Army acquisition civilian and military leaders and professionals residing in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD AT&L), and the USD AT&L Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office to enable acquisition workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the AAW.
December 2016 Hot Topics
FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING As of Nov. 30, only 35.9 percent of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) had completed the annual ethics training requirement. CAPPMIS will only capture ethics completion if an AAW professional has either CLM 003, ETH003, MAN-ETH16, 2016 Acquisition Ethics, or the word “Ethics” in the course title from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016. Less than 30 days remain to ensure the AAW meets this Office of the Secretary of Defense mandate. CENTRALIZED CIVILIAN SELECTION BOARDS On Dec. 1, the product director centralized selection board convened at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to review 46 NH-04/GS-14 equivalent broadband/pay-band AAW applicants to select the best qualified to serve in the 11 FY17 product director positions within the program executive offices during the June-August 2017 timeframe. On Dec. 14, the FY17 Project Director Centralized Selection Board is scheduled to convene at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command to select the best qualified applicants to serve as an NH-04/GS-15 equivalent broadband project director for the summer of 2017. INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES It’s that time of the year to develop your Individual Development Plans and Annual Performance Objectives with your supervisor. We invite you to take a look at your Acquisition Career Field Career Models and our Career Planning Steps page on our website to facilitate that discussion and requirement: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/civilian/career-planning-steps/ CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Closing soon: The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program nomination window opened on November 12 for second-quarter classes. This announcement closes December 14. Related posts: September Army DACM Office Hot Topics December Army DACM Hot Topics May 2016 Hot Topics September 2016 Hot Topics
DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course
By Kristine Faria The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program marked a high point in November as the current class graduated from the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. Designed to strengthen the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of senior acquisition leaders, PMT 401 uses a case study approach, asking students to analyze cases that represent contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas. DAU-SSCF Executive Director Mark Lumb delivers the keynote address at the PMT 401 graduation ceremony, stressing the importance of a trained, ready, professional acquisition workforce. During the course, required by law for Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) program managers (PMs), participants applied their knowledge of the acquisition environment and deepened their understanding of acquisition principles and practices. Speakers, team projects, media training and leadership simulations enriched the learning experience. PMT 401 is part of the broader DAU-SSCF program, an intensive 10-month course of study that prepares senior-level civilians for key acquisition leadership roles. DAU-SSCF is offered at three sites: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Huntsville, Alabama; and Warren, Michigan. On Nov. 18, students from the three DAU-SSCF sites convened at the DAU South Region campus in Huntsville for the combined PMT 401 graduation ceremony. Before the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management, met with the program fellows to share thoughts and guidance of particular relevance to the acquisition leaders. Williamson stressed several key points, including the importance of networking. “Building your own network is valuable to you and to the enterprise,” said Williamson. He emphasized the importance of sharing lessons learned, and noted that PMs can save time when a problem arises by calling a buddy rather than trying to solve the problem on their own. Williamson also noted that his job is to create the opportunity to grow people, and he encouraged program fellows to join him in this mission by telling them that they have a responsibility to grow talent and mentor upcoming leaders. He advised them to think about the people who will be in the DAU-SSCF seats next year. Williamson also answered questions from participants and shared his thoughts about how they can apply the skills and talents they have developed throughout the program. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director of acquisition career management, speaks to DAU-SSCF fellows before the ceremony marking their completion of the Program Manager’s Course. DAU-SSCF Executive Director Mark Lumb provided the graduation ceremony’s keynote remarks. He stressed the importance of a trained, ready, professional acquisition workforce, and said that PMT 401 had prepared them well by honing their critical thinking skills. Lumb inspired the graduates with a quote attributed to Anglican minister John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” After graduation, the fellows returned to their DAU-SSCF studies. During the remaining six months of the program, they’ll continue work on their major research projects, attend leadership seminars and workshops and participate in installation and industry site visits that will enhance their understanding of Army acquisition within the greater defense framework. DAU-SSCF graduation will take place in May, and the application period for next year’s class opens January 23. For more information about DAU-SSCF, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/. The current class of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Senior Service College Fellowship gathers in Huntsville for a ceremony marking their completion of the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. (photos by Tonia Beavers, DAU) Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner DACM Corner: AcqDemo: Rewarding Excellence Acquisition Education and Training Corner October Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC
By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 22, 2016) – The fourth Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) concluded last week, with 33 students from across the Army Acquisition Workforce in attendance at Arlington, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), developed the course and launched the pilot in April 2015. He kicked off the November course speaking to students about what to expect in their new roles. “Learn and understand what it takes to get from A to Z,” said Williamson. “Our job is to deliver capability to our Soldiers and sometimes it’s a bumpy ride. The way that you can help is to help educate.” The attendees included newly selected centralized selection list (CSL) product managers, acquisition directors and contracting commanders, as well as the recently established central selection board product directors (PDs). Approximately 90 percent of the participants will be CSL new starts ready to assume command this coming summer, while the remaining 10 percent of the class comprised recent PD incumbents who assumed command this past summer. Mr. Craig Spisak, director U.S. Army Acquisition Center, makes closing remarks at the fourth AALPC. (Photos by Michelle Strother, SAIC) “This is the fourth course, and we are always working to make it better. We actively solicit feedback from students, speakers, facilitators and leaders and use that feedback to continue to improve each iteration of the course” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and deputy DACM. USAASC is responsible for coordinating and overseeing AALPC. Spisak also served as the moderator throughout the five-day course. The course is designed to generate thought and discussion about a host of challenges that future acquisition leaders likely will face when they get into their new jobs and learn from accomplished leaders and seasoned practitioners who have faced similar challenges. AALPC is an additional course to the pre-command courses offered at Fort Leavenworth, Defense Acquisition University and the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence. The Hon. Steffanie Easter, the senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive, shared advice with the students. “When you’re engaging with senior leadership, be succinct and know your message,” she said. “Never assume you know what your leadership is thinking. … You have to own your message, and be comfortable knowing you’re right. Own your message and own your program.” Over the five-day course, a variety of senior leaders from DOD and industry spoke to the group covering a wide range of topics, including; leadership, effective communication, talent and organizational management, risk identification and management, budget, and how to operate effectively in a complex environment. Industry speakers included John Savona, director of manufacturing at Ford Motor Co.; Jennifer Chronis, general manager at Amazon Web Services; and Robert Carpenter, senior vice president of business operations at Sierra Nevada Corp. Ms. Jennifer Chronis, Amazon Training with Industry representative leads a speed networking session at the fourth AALPC. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke about the correlation between time and quality. “If you want basic quality, it can be done fast,” he said. “Consider the quality of product you want. You’re better off doing the regular acquisition process. But you made need to use rapid acquisition for operational urgency and save lives.” The course also helps participants better understand the dynamics of the environment in which they operate, know their roles and the roles of their subordinates, to capture lessons learned and to develop an outline for what it takes to run an organization as an Army acquisition leader. “There is natural friction between program managers and the contracting office,” explained Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement Harry Hallock. “You need to make sure you accept that natural friction and be prepared and willing to work together. Don’t be afraid to bring the contracting folks into the process early. They can be useful in fashioning requirements.” One student emphasized the networking benefits that the course provides as a result of hearing from various leaders and subject matter experts and discussing issues within his peer group. “This course helps us start the transition from major or action officer to a leader of an enterprise,” said Lt. Col. Shermoan Daiyaan. “It gives us the opportunity to start thinking and talking about things specific to the acquisition corps. It’s a mental transition that’s important and we’re starting that now. … The opportunity to network is also beneficial because we’re getting to know people who can help us solve problems.” The Army DACM Office plans to conduct two courses each year, in the spring and fall, to train the centrally selected managers before they assume their new positions. The next session is scheduled for April 2017 in the Washington area. See more images of the course on the USAASC Flickr site. The fourth AALPC was attended by 33 participants from across the acquisition leadership. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: DACM Corner: AcqDemo: Rewarding Excellence Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2011 Update Acquisition Education and Training Corner: March 2011 Update Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success