The Army Modernization Plan 2012

The Army Modernization Plan 2012

The Army’s modernization plan establishes a blueprint to develop and field a versatile and affordable mix of equipment that will allow Soldiers and units to succeed in full-spectrum operations today and to maintain their decisive advantage over any enemy. The Army has evaluated its modernization program portfolios, set priorities within them, and continually improves its acquisition program. In improving the programs and processes, the Army has four major lines of effort: Develop and acquire new capabilities to meet capability gaps through traditional and rapid acquisition processes. Sustain existing equipment to extend its useful life. Procure unique equipment for immediate capability needs. Field and distribute capabilities in accordance with Army priorities […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011

Update on FY12 Contracting Certification Changes The Army Deputy Director of Acquisition Career Management is seeking a reprieve to the Defense Acquisition University contracting curriculum changes, scheduled to go in effect October 1. The following alternative plans are under consideration:  extensions that would allow workforce members to complete their certification training under the current FY11 Contracting Certification requirements; an extended grace period to meet experience requirements; and permission for those to complete training already in progress. More up-to-date information will be provided once the vetting process is concluded. Defense Acquisition University Updates Registration is open for FY12 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses. Students should continue to apply through the Army Training […]

Army, Industry, International Partners Make Headway Against Leishmaniasis

Army, Industry, International Partners Make Headway Against Leishmaniasis

[author type="author"]Carey Phillips[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USMRMC) marked a major advance against the disease cutaneous leishmaniasis when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of a new diagnostic test developed by a partnership of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), and the molecular diagnostics company Cepheid USA Inc. On the treatment front, USAMMDA continues to work with the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health and the Institute Pasteur of Tunis to develop the Paromomycin/Gentamicin Topical Cream for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Because there is no topical treatment approved by the FDA, U.S. […]

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

WASHINGTON–Nineteen members of the acquisition workforce were among 263 federal employees, spanning 23 government agencies, that graduated from the Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF) program at a graduation luncheon held in their honor at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Aug 18. The EIGF program is a year-long leadership development program designed to build and enhance the skills of government employees to help them increase their effectiveness in their positions and to work toward becoming an executive. The program is organized by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to help revitalize the federal government. “Over the course of a year, what we try to […]

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

By LTC Jason Richardson, Dr. Michael Turell, and CPT Elizabeth Wanja Rift Valley fever death toll on the rise (Pretoria News, May 7, 2010)  Economic losses from Rift Valley fever greater than previous documented (ILRI Clippings, Oct. 10, 2010) Epidemiologists now have a tool that might make such tragic headlines a thing of the past. The Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and VecTOR Test Systems Inc. have developed a diagnostic device that can detect the presence of the Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus in mosquitoes, thus alerting deploying troops to its presence and enabling public health officials to prevent or […]

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

By Barb Ruppert Today’s warfighters face numerous threats to their vision, from blasts to chemical, biohazard, laser, and environmental exposure. According to the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, traumatic eye injuries from penetrating wounds and visual disorders related to brain injury together rank as the second most common injury among active-duty military personnel. Compounding the problem, eye-injured Soldiers have only a 20 percent return-to-duty rate, compared with 80 percent for other battle trauma injuries. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is funding research projects as a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to preventing and treating vision disorders. It is collaborating […]

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

By Scott Friend and Charles Smith Project Director Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Enterprise Systems & Services (PD ALTESS), part of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, received three national honors.  The Radford, VA-based ALTESS, a provider of information technology (IT) systems, services, and security for the Army’s acquisition domain, learned in February that it would receive a Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Project Management Award. Less than a week later, ALTESS’ Service Level Management Branch Chief, Debbie Jenkins, was selected as Pink Elephant Inc.’s Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Practitioner of the Year. Then, in March, ALTESS was named runner-up for Excellence.gov’s Going Green Award. ALTESS’ 2011 awards reflect […]

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

A large, white radome dominates the high ground at Tobyhanna Army Depot in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It symbolizes the growing number of radars and sensors, including air defense, air traffic control, ground surveillance, airborne, shipborne, range threat systems, and critical counterfire systems, which Tobyhanna personnel maintain and support for the U.S. Army, Air Force,  Marine Corps, and Navy. “Tobyhanna has been repairing and testing radars since the 1960s,” said COL Charles Gibson, commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, “so we have extensive capability and experience in this critical commodity.” Facilities, experience, and personnel make Tobyhanna DOD’s one-stop-shop for radar sustainment, engineering, redesign, and environmental testing. Tobyhanna has flexible and […]

Building the Army Network: ‘A Revolutionary New Approach’

Building the Army Network: ‘A Revolutionary New Approach’

By Kris Osborn The U.S. Army in July completed an exhaustive Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, to test programs of record and assess emerging network technologies. The NIE, which began the first week of June, is a key part of the Army’s network strategy. This and future follow-on NIEs are structured to assess the scope and readiness of emerging technologies and integrate new capability before sending it to Soldiers in combat. One of the main goals of the NIEs is to help the Army field current technology faster, ensuring that Soldiers maintain the technological edge over our adversaries. With this overarching […]

Army Building Foundational Software for Common Operating Environment

Army Building Foundational Software for Common Operating Environment

By Kris Osborn and Margaret C. Roth The U.S. Army’s System-of-Systems (SoS) Engineering effort has identified a number of computing environments through which to implement standards defined by the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6), service officials said. When adopted, these standards will define the Common Operating Environment (COE). Aimed at addressing interoperability between systems and agility in development and deployment, the COE also focuses on an open architecture to leverage industry innovation, ensure cyber-hardened foundations for security, and reduce the life-cycle cost of systems. The computing environment (CE) structure is geared toward organizing the Army environment from the sustaining base to the tactical edge. Stringent Standards Stringent technical standards will […]