S&T Notebook: A Two-Year Tenure Winds Down

S&T Notebook: A Two-Year Tenure Winds Down

Dr. Scott Fish This is the final 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. As part of our efforts to expand the Army’s awareness of S&T Initiatives outside the Army, Ms. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and I visited Sandia National Laboratories on Aug. 23. We were met by Dr. Jeff Isaacson, Vice President for Defense Systems and Assessments, and Dr. Jerry L. McDowell, Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive Vice President for National Security Programs. They provided an overview of Sandia’s current research and […]

A User-Friendly Common Warfighter Machine Interface

A User-Friendly Common Warfighter Machine Interface

MAJ Scott Gill Warfighter Participation Events (WPEs) are taking place to collect Soldier feedback to develop a user-friendly Common Warfighter Machine Interface (CWMI) to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) of the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense. A user-friendly CWMI will optimize tasks and decision-making capability, minimize training requirements and manpower, and ultimately maximize operational effectiveness. Technological effectiveness is contingent on the user’s ability to interact with and influence the machine. This is especially true when it comes to the warfighter’s interaction with the CWMI of the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) architecture. AIAMD integrates Air Defense Artillery (ADA) sensors, weapons, and a […]

DOD, VA to Fund Consortia Studying Combat-Related PTSD and TBI

DOD, VA to Fund Consortia Studying Combat-Related PTSD and TBI

In support of Presidential Executive Order 13625, Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families, signed Aug. 31, DOD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are combining more than $100 million to fund two new consortia aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Once in place, the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) and the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) will be jointly managed by the VA and by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) on behalf of DOD. “PTSD and mTBI are two […]

U.S. Army Intelligence Flexes New Software Capabilities During Enterprise Challenge

U.S. Army Intelligence Flexes New Software Capabilities During Enterprise Challenge

Ray K. Ragan The primary U.S. Army intelligence system demonstrated some of its capabilities for program managers and military intelligence students alike during Exercise Enterprise Challenge 2012 (EC12), which concluded Sept. 7 at Fort Huachuca, AZ. EC12 allowed agencies within DOD, including coalition partners, to test new and existing technologies in an operationally realistic environment. The exercise was executed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency under the authority of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Programs, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)). Several locations hosted this year’s exercise, including the Fort Huachuca test site of the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). One of this year’s featured systems was the Army’s […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Introducing DACM News We are proud to present the new Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) News, an online newsletter providing pertinent and timely career development information to the Army Acquisition Workforce on new offerings, changes, and opportunities in one document. The first DACM newsletter is at http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DACM_Newsletter_Sept12.pdf. Education and Training Opportunities The Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) announcement will be open through 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 provides expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. More information is at http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/. The Acquisition Leadership […]

ACC Recruiting Recent College Grads in Rapid-Fire Hiring Campaign

ACC Recruiting Recent College Grads in Rapid-Fire Hiring Campaign

Recent college graduates looking for a career in Army contracting should keep an eye on Armyhire.com for a series of rapid-fire job announcements, according to U.S. Army Contracting Command’s (ACC’s) human capital director. ACC will be hiring up to 150 recent college graduates to fill entry-level positions at a number of U.S. locations, said Bill Baxter, ACC Deputy Chief of Staff, Human Capital/G-1. The jobs will be posted on Armyhire.com, the command’s civilian employee recruiting website. A number of hiring authorities will be used to make tentative job offers quickly, he said. “We’re looking for the brightest and most talented people to join our team of world-class contracting professionals to […]

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Selects 51C NCOs

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Selects 51C NCOs

Langston W. Willis A reclassification board has selected 37 NCOs for reclassification into Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Contracting. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) convened the board—with members from the Defense Contract Management Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Army Contracting Command— Aug. 14-15. The primary mission of 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early-entry module contingency contracting team. The Army established the classification in December 2006 to meet an increasing need for contingency contracting officers in the modular force. The number of 51C NCOs has risen from 247 at the end of […]

Tobyhanna Army Depot Earns Shingo Silver Medallion

Tobyhanna Army Depot Earns Shingo Silver Medallion

Anthony Ricchiazzi The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) is preparing for an environment of budgetary restraint, and the employees at CECOM’s Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA, have put to use an effective weapon in DOD’s war on waste: the proven operations strategy known as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Depot employees wield that weapon so well that they have earned their first Shingo Silver Medallion, and sixth Shingo medallion overall, for improved support of a weapon system used to train aircrews to avoid threats. The Shingo prize recognizes world-class organizations for creating a culture of continuous improvement through employee empowerment and effective leadership. Increased efficiency and decreased cost for the AN/MST-T1 (V) […]

A New Efficiency in Pine Bluff

A New Efficiency in Pine Bluff

Rachel C. Newton Of the several different projects on which the Directorate of Material Management (MM) at Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA), AR, has been working over the past few months, none is more important than the Ammunition Operations Center (AOC) Task Manager Module. “Basically what the program allows us to do is to be more efficient in our standard depot operation functions,” said Lavara Henry, Chief of the directorate’s Storage Division. The AOC for ammunition and equipment movement allows the scheduling of work, crews, and equipment and produces reports, storing the information in one central area. “So at the end of the day, I can go in and ask for […]

Small SDDC Branch Provides Big Cost Savings for DOD

Small SDDC Branch Provides Big Cost Savings for DOD

Mitch Chandran For DOD shippers who need to move specialized and large-volume cargo domestically, the Special Requirements Branch (SRB) of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) is a one-stop shop for finding the right rate and transportation mode. The branch, part of SDDC’s Strategic Business Directorate, wants DOD shippers with special requirements to know that not all rates are equal and that they will help find cost-efficient transportation solutions. The branch specializes in arranging transportation for oversize, overweight, and high-volume cargo movements. Dora Elias, SRB Chief, and her team of 11 transportation experts partner with commercial industry’s truck, rail, barge, and pipeline carriers daily on behalf of shippers to […]