CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

Michael Dorsey The Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) opened the 15th Consolidated Buy (CB) for ordering June 18 with the announcement that tablets and slates are now available to all government organizations purchasing desktops, notebooks, and printers during CB-15. The ordering period runs through Sept. 30. Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and has touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—are also being offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates. What distinguishes the tablets and slates offered in CB-15 is their ability to meet network standards and run the Microsoft Windows-based Army Golden Master. This means […]

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

Robert Grasso Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) has awarded an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle licenses and maintenance that consolidates more than 250 existing maintenance contracts across Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), avoiding at least $10 million in costs and potentially as much as $50 million when taking into account contractual administration and other issues. The ELA, awarded May 29, affords all PEO EIS programs and AMC organizations the unlimited use of 11 licensed products, quantity buys for an additional eight products, and discounts on others. The Oracle product mix is based on the most commonly […]

OSD Unmanned Warfare Directorate Develops Online Unmanned Catalog Database

OSD Unmanned Warfare Directorate Develops Online Unmanned Catalog Database

Since 2000, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has been publishing a 25-year road map for unmanned systems (UMS) on a regular basis. Inclusive of the 2009 edition, these road maps evolved to include an ever-growing list of DOD UMS. With the rapid development and increased acquisition of UMS over the last decade, these road map catalogs provided a useful but quickly outdated snapshot of DOD UMS, encompassing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned ground vehicles, and unmanned maritime systems. The Unmanned Warfare directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) recognized the need for timely updates to the UMS […]

S&T Notebook: Robotics, Strategy, Small Units and More

S&T Notebook: Robotics, Strategy, Small Units and More

Dr. Scott Fish This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. While this has been a busy summer with lots of activity pertaining to the future of Science and Technology (S&T) Management in the Army, the end of July and early August were packed full of reviews and actions. On July 25, I participated in the Congressional Robotics Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Phil Gingrey (R-GA), M.D. The meeting covered a variety of subjects, but the focus was on driverless cars and supporting technologies. […]

WRAIR Investigator Receives Key Support to Develop Combined Anti-Heroin and HIV Vaccine

WRAIR Investigator Receives Key Support to Develop Combined Anti-Heroin and HIV Vaccine

Dr. Gary R. Matyas of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development. Matyas proposes to develop an effective, safe, and easily manufactured combination anti-heroin/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccine that could treat heroin addiction while also preventing HIV infection in those receiving the vaccine. Matyas will receive $1 million per year for five years to support his research. He is a U.S. Army civilian at WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD. NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the award July 25 as part of its Avant-Garde Award Program […]

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army medical logistics processes are receiving long-awaited improvements with the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) 3.1.2 Prime Vendor Generation IV (GEN IV) application upgrade. The new software will reduce errors, improve customer service, and make processing, ordering, and delivery of supplies more efficient through enhanced capabilities for medical logisticians. The upgrades will affect all echelons, to include Army medical treatment facilities, medical logistics companies, and combat support hospitals. “We are on the cusp of achieving an Army Medical Department [AMEDD] strategic goal of a joint medical logistics enterprise solution from foxhole to sustaining base,” said Dana Baker, Chief of the Medical Logistics Informatics Division in the Office of the […]

Enterprise Information Award Submissions Due Sept. 14

Enterprise Information Award Submissions Due Sept. 14

Submissions for the Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) 2012 Excellence in Enterprise Information Awards are due by the close of business Sept. 14. The awards are given to government and industry project teams that display excellence, innovation, and best practices in information management and information technology. The award winners are selected based on the following criteria: innovation; financial impact; operational consequence; and cultural change. Nominations opened July 16 and will close Sept. 14. Winners will be notified the week of Oct. 15. Nomination forms are available by sending an email request to Betsy Lauer (blauer@afei.org). Please include the name and organization of the person(s) requesting the nomination. For more information […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities The Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) announcement will be open from Aug. 27 to Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are Level III certified in any career field. The CDG/AAF Program is a three-year developmental program that offers assignments in program executive offices and offices of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command; and functional organizations. In addition, the program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/. The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) is the newest […]

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

Todd Kosis Historically, more combat casualties have been attributed to indirect fire weapons than any other means. Today, in the live force-on-force (FOF) training environment, the indirect fire weapon systems and the Soldiers who use them have no way to be included. That is about to change. For the first time, we can put the indirect fire teams directly in the middle of the live FOF training environment, at both their home stations and the Combat Training Centers. In the past, indirect fire teams have been left on the sidelines because they didn’t have a training device to perform their crew duties on indirect fire weapon systems. This new training […]

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

Pamella B. Gray At a time of increased scrutiny of government spending, the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is moving forward to transform the way Army manages its finance and real property accounting. On July 1, GFEBS completed the final wave for full deployment to support more than 50,000 customers worldwide by facilitating the management of nearly $140 billion in the General Fund and an additional $80 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds. Previously, the Army’s finances were tracked by multiple systems that were increasingly inefficient, costly, and outdated, some more than 30 years old. To gain visibility over finances and inventories, many Army commands established their own methods […]