The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for ensuring the career development and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce, which consists of approximately 40,000 acquisition civilian and military members. This workforce resides 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), and the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to enable workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Recognized for Skill in Communication
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Katrina McFarland, received the David D. Acker “Skill in Communication” Award. The Acker Award is the most prestigious of the awards sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Alumni Association. It is presented annually to an individual who has promoted and communicated acquisition management and leadership excellence to the acquisition workforce. During the presentation ceremony, DAU Alumni Association President Bill Bahnmaier remarked on the various events in which Mrs. McFarland participated. “I still vividly recall one of those forums which addressed how to prepare for – and the type of material required – to successfully present a program for decision at a Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review meeting,” said Mr. Bahnmaier. “That was real communications and learning.” Among other things, Mrs. McFarland was recognized for developing unique initiatives to achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency in the defense acquisition system. Also noted were her dedication and commitment to increase the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce with the introduction of the Acquisition Workforce Qualification Initiative, and her inculcation of cost consciousness and affordability across the acquisition community. The Acker Award was created in memory of the late David Acker, a staff specialist in the Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering who played an active role in preparing the charter for the original Defense Systems Management College. Previous Acker Award winners include current and former Under Secretaries of Defense and former industry Chief Executive Officers. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open NEWS YOU CAN USE Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2011 Update
‘Mastering’ advanced education opportunities
Scott Greene, Army DACM Office Education and Training Branch Chief Do you need a few more college courses to meet your business hour requirement to become an Army Acquisition Corps member? Do you think a master’s degree will help you achieve that next career step? Has completing your bachelor’s degree been a lifelong goal? If you answered yes to any of those questions or are just interested in taking a few classes, hopefully you are familiar with the advanced degree programs offered by your Army DACM Office. Our most popular tuition assistance program is the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) announcement for ATAP opened July 8 and closes August 6. ATAP is a part-time, tuition assistance program available to both civilians and our NCO populations. And this year we have removed any civilian grade restriction on master’s degree funding as well. We fund your tuition (within our program policy funding limits), you cover the cost of the books and materials, and you take and complete the courses during your off-duty time. As with any of our programs, you must first meet your position certification requirement before taking advantage of this great opportunity. That said, those who need ATAP to meet their certification requirement (degree or business hours) in the following acquisition career fields may have the certification requirement waived: Business – Cost Estimating (P) Contracting (C) Science and Technology Manager (I) Engineering (S) Test and Evaluation (T) If ATAP interests you, please make sure to list all of the courses for which you desire funding on your Individual Development Plan and get your supervisor to approve them. Your first- and second- level supervisor will also be required to review and approve your ATAP application. Lastly, be sure you are currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited university or college. Then, beginning in October, you’ll be ready to take classes at little to no expense of your own! For additional information on the program and to read the complete policy, please visit our ATAP web page. In addition to ATAP, we also offer a few other tuition programs: *Naval Postgraduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management: Get credit for Defense Acquisition University courses while also completing a master’s degree. This program is centrally funded by the Army DACM Office and we usually conduct the announcement in the February/March timeframe. You will need supervisor permission for two four-hour duty time blocks each semester per week. Doing homework, writing papers and preparing for tests will have to be conducted during non-duty hours. *School of Choice: School of Choice is like ATAP on steroids. Under this full-time program, we centrally fund your tuition (within our program funding limits) while your command continues to pay your salary. You are afforded 18-24 months to complete either your bachelor’s or master’s degree in a business- or acquisition-related discipline. Due to resource constraints, the Army DACM Office will not be conducting a formal announcement for School of Choice in FY14; however, we are currently planning on announcing it again sometime in FY15. Interested in other acquisition, education and training opportunities? Visit our ‘DACM Hot Topics’ for current offerings, timelines and updates. Related Links DACM Hot Topics Army DACM Office – for anything acquisition career-related DACM NEWSletter Scott Greene is the chief of the Army DACM Office Education and Training Branch. He is Level III certified in program management and holds a master’s in leadership and organizational development from Marymount University, as well as a bachelor’s in American politics from The University of Virginia. Scott is a 2008 graduate of the DOD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 805-1229. Related posts: Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July NEWS YOU CAN USE A program for our emerging leaders Acquisition Education and Training Corner
Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July
Hot Topic #1: Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – President John F. Kennedy The Army Director, Acquisition Management (DACM) Office is sponsoring a unique leadership training opportunity at no cost to your command. Here are just a few testimonials from former students: “Career- and life-changing training.” “Loved every minute. I will be recommending to our leadership that more individuals from our command attend this training. Thank you!!” “Unique approach. This training was not what I was expecting. Very helpful information.” “This is a very good class that gives you a different look at how you see yourself and how you can use the information and results to be a better leader.” “Too bad we can’t do this every 10 years.” “Extremely fortunate to have been selected to attend this class. I extremely enjoyed it and learned lots. Now it’s time to implement and improve.” ALCP uses self-awareness as the key to both leadership and diversity development to create an innovative culture. The program helps participants to understand each individual’s personal preferences and behaviors and how each person not only interacts with his or her co-workers, but how they are viewed by others, peers, subordinates and supervisors. This approach includes addressing people’s unconscious biases to help them discover new approaches to doing things and emphasizing the strength and power in accepting individual differences to produce a stronger “whole.” ALCP training promotes communication through common language and helps develop leaders who value individual styles and behaviors, creating leaders who are more capable of critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, collaboration and creative innovation. There are three different levels of ALCP training for Army Acquisition Workforce members (ALCP-B for GS 7-11; ALCP-Level 1 for GS 12-13; and ALCP Level 2 for GS14-15). Command or organization representatives nominate workforce members in a 1-N list, by command quota. Check the ALCP program page for additional information on this great training opportunity. Hot Topic #2: Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program Looking for a way to pay for your continued education? Are you short business credit hours to apply for Acquisition Corps membership? Look no further! The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) DACM Office is pleased to announce the 2014 offering of the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). The ATAP announcement opened July 8 and closes August 6. ATAP provides tuition assistance for eligible Army acquisition workforce members to complete required business hours toward Army Acquisition Corps membership or courses towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree during off-duty time. The USAASC Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the ATAP and will cover tuition costs within specified funding limits. Book fees, graduation fees, registration fees, general fees, and travel expenses are not funded by the ATAP. Make sure you are currently enrolled in or accepted by an accredited university or college—then you can take classes beginning in October at little to no personal expense. ‘DACM Hot Topics’ is brought to you by the USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch to help Army acquisition professionals stay on top of career information with timely updates including training opportunities, current program offerings and what’s on the horizon. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: ‘Mastering’ advanced education opportunities A program for our emerging leaders GoArmyEd released; soon to be linked to legacy systems Meet ‘Ellie,’ your new virtual human acquisition career guide
Faces of the Force
Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson
Having served in the Army for 23 years, six of them as an enlisted Soldier, Lt. Col. Mark Henderson has enjoyed diverse and challenging assignments, but is always looking for ways to grow and improve—leading him to one of the most insightful and rewarding jobs of his career.
Lt. Col. James ‘Chris’ Mills
Spend the day in Lt. Col. Chris Mills’ shoes and you’ll get to experience the entire acquisition life cycle. As Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, he and his team are responsible for the Army’s scout helicopter and training helicopter fleets, managing the modifications, sustainment and support of more than 738 aircraft.
Lt. Col. Mark Talbot
Lt. Col. Mark Talbot joined the Army nearly 30 years ago “to be all I could be, as the slogan goes,” he said. In that time, he’s been many things including an instructor at Ranger School, the director of Acquisition Forward Operations in Baghdad, and the executive officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Systems Management at the Pentagon. “I’m a pretty curious person, and my service has definitely suited my personality,” he said.
Several years ago, Daniel Woolley worked as a software engineer at a major defense contractor while attending graduate school. That work brought him into contact with a lot of dedicated individuals, and ultimately led him to his current role of chief architect at PEO C3T’s Project Manager (PM) Mission Command.
The Army’s Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid System (GBSAA) is the first system of its kind and it’s changing the face of unmanned aviation—and as its deputy product director Mary Ottman is at the heart of the development effort
Jorge L. Caballero
After 20 years of military service as a U.S. Army Soldier, Jorge Caballero discovered what he wanted to do—program management. Caballero discovered his interest during his last job as a Soldier working for the Pentagon Renovation Program (PENREN) in August 2000, but found even greater clarity after 9/11. For Caballero, “9/11 changed everything.” On that day, just 20 minutes before the plane hit, he was working at the side of the building. After the attack, Caballero worked as the only noncommissioned officer in charge of the PENREN coordination cell for the Phoenix Project; named for the western side of the…