Army Marketplace Revolutionizes Army Software Development and Delivery

Army Marketplace Revolutionizes Army Software Development and Delivery

[author type="author"]Carol Wortman[/author] The Army Software Marketplace is formally changing the way the Army defines, develops, tests, certifies, and delivers software applications to Soldiers and the rest of the Army workforce. The Marketplace is part of the Army Software Transformation (AST) initiated by the Army Chief Information Office (CIO)/G-6. By adapting the latest information technology solutions and leveraging industry best practices, the Army is helping to meet Soldiers’ growing demand for capabilities. Incorporating best-practice collaboration and innovation into the Army is reducing the barriers to entry for innovation. The Marketplace will enhance the user-feedback loop, eliminate redundancy, and promote reuse, ensuring an ongoing, sustainable infrastructure of support for ever-changing mission […]

Army Migrates to Enterprise Email

Army Migrates to Enterprise Email

The Army’s network email is in the midst of migrating to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Enterprise Email, an improved system which permits users to have military email access worldwide. The new email system also allows users to retain their accounts if transferred to a different DOD agency or organization. If users switched organizations under the previous system, their email address would change to reflect that. “Right now the global address list is small for individual users, and for the Army there is no visibility on other services’ addresses. Upon migration to Enterprise, 3.9 million addresses will appear in the [global address book] immediately,” said Mike Krieger, Army Deputy […]

Automated Demilitarization Process Estimated to Save Millions for DOD

Automated Demilitarization Process Estimated to Save Millions for DOD

[author type="author"]Jaime Thompson[/author] Rarely does a process solve numerous problems at the same time, but the Improved Conventional Munitions Recycle, Recovery, and Reuse (ICM R3) Demilitarization (Demil) process not only helps to preserve and optimize Army Demil ranges, but also returns money to the Demil Enterprise. The ICM R3 Demil process is the first fully automated R3 capability for the demilitarization of M42, M46, and M77 submunitions. It was developed by the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) Demil Technology Directorate and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). “DOD has more than 750,000 D563 projectiles that contain 88 individual M42 and M46 submunitions, and more than 300,000 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) warheads that […]

Responsible Recapitalization in Action

Responsible Recapitalization in Action

For more than a year, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) has deployed a biomedical equipment specialist in support of the Responsible Reset Task Force (R2TF). Led by the U.S. Army Materiel Command, R2TF is staffed with 25 to 30 individuals from throughout the Materiel Enterprise. SGT Harland Wells, located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, was part of the team responsible for R2TF’s four main mission goals: property accountability, timely disposition, triage formation, and total asset visibility. Wells accomplished this mission by bringing the equipment to record, assessing condition, assigning the condition code, and then requesting disposition instructions for shipping. As a biomedical equipment specialist, Wells meticulously inspected and sorted […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: July 2011

Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience Catalog Several educational and leadership opportunities are available in the near term through the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). The updated Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience Catalog provides in-depth information on all training and developmental opportunities. For information on opportunities available to acquisition civilian and military workforce members, view the catalog at http://asc.army.mil/career/pubs/aete/default.cfm. Eligible individuals may apply for programs by using the Army Acquisition Professional Development System tab within the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS) at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp. Excellence in Government Fellows Program Project managers and acquisition professionals can receive hands-on leadership development through Excellence in Government Fellows […]

For Contingency Contracting Officers, Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Pakistan Yield Valuable Lessons

For Contingency Contracting Officers, Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Pakistan Yield Valuable Lessons

[author type="author"]MAJ Scott L. McKee and MAJ Ryan E. Ocampo[/author] Contingency contracting officers (CCOs) are supporting American fighting forces worldwide while simultaneously providing global humanitarian assistance relief, as evident in their mission assisting flood victims in Pakistan. Tasked with command and control (C2) of DOD’s contracting role in last summer’s Pakistan relief efforts, the Office of Defense Representative-Pakistan (ODR-P) developed a plan to create life-support areas at and move supplies through Pano Aqil, Ghazi, and Chaklala airfields. All relief efforts are led by Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. In lieu of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program or the Defense Logistics Agency, a combination of government-furnished property and direct contracting was […]

Prophet Enhanced Offers Increased Flexibility, Survivability, Collaboration

Prophet Enhanced Offers Increased Flexibility, Survivability, Collaboration

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] Creating a picture of the battlefield so that commanders can make informed decisions on how to operate encompasses various forms of intelligence. With the delivery of the first Prophet Enhanced (program of record) to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BSB), the realm of ground signals intelligence (SIGINT) received a major boost. Prophet Enhanced serves as the Army’s premier ground SIGINT platform, building upon the success and lessons learned from preceding Prophet systems including: Prophet Spiral 1, Triton III, and a quick reaction capability (QRC) version of Prophet Enhanced. With the initial fielding of eight systems to the 504th BSB, military intelligence Soldiers reached a major milestone as […]

The Army Reserve—Innovating Its Way To Sustainability

The Army Reserve—Innovating Its Way To Sustainability

[author type="author"]Ian M. Donegan and Steven A. Patarcity[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) is using technology, innovation, and creativity to achieve its energy security and sustainability goals of reducing consumption and environmental impact, while increasing efficiency and the use of alternative and renewable resources. Three USAR installations are participating in the Army’s pilot Net Zero program. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, announced in April  that Fort Buchanan, PR, Fort Hunter Liggett, CA, and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, CA, will participate in one or more of three categories: energy, water, and waste. These bases will strive to achieve “net zero” status, consuming only […]

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

[author type="author"]William G. Balliew[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has established the first fully accredited unit-level Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator system in the Army at Fort Rucker, AL, fulfilling a vision for a simulation training strategy that closely replicates real-life air traffic control situations. The system is just what planners from the USAR Command (USARC) Aviation Directorate had in mind when the 2nd Airfield Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (2-58) was activated in 2007 to train air traffic controllers. The planners foresaw the unit developing a realistic simulation training strategy, and an accredited ATC simulator system was critical to that strategy. “Simulation is the future of aviation training. This […]

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The U.S. Army’s Project Manger Battle Command (PM BC) is working vigorously to “collapse” the boundaries separating various applications from one another and to engineer a consolidated product line aimed at increasing interoperability between capabilities, such as fires, maneuver, sustainment, airspace management, and air defense, service officials said. “We have a lot of systems in a command post. All of those systems make it very complex for the commander and staff to perform their critical functions,” said COL David Moore, PM BC, within Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical. The BC Collapse Strategy consists of ongoing efforts to consolidate the tactical server infrastructure and develop two […]