Faces of the Force: Jeannie Sommer

Faces of the Force: Jeannie Sommer

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) Product Office; Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office; Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space TITLE: IFPC Inc 2-I Test Lead Engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 6.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering and test and evaluation; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in computer science, Athens State University AWARDS: Hon. Dr. Claude Bolton Jr. Engineering and Systems Integration and Professional of the Year; Outstanding Acquisition Performance Recognition from the Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; Honorable Order of Saint Barbara; “You Made It Happen” Recognition from PEO MS T&E EFFORTS […]

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 30, 2017)—Following an unprecedented number of votes cast, award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies” honors, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2016. The System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (SOSE&I), based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was the only command to win three ALTies: Col. Terrece B. Harris won the honors for best commentary, while Vanessa Flores won for best graphic. Flores was also a runner-up for best photograph. Lt. Col. Steven D. Gutierrez was the runaway winner for best article for his look at a Training […]

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Earning DAWIA certification is challenging but not impossible, and it creates a smarter, stronger acquisition workforce. By Robert E. Coultas There are jobs, and then there are careers. And for those with careers in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), developing that career means compliance with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements to complete certification within 24 months of being hired. Getting that certification isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little planning, some effort and an investment of your time. Regardless of the career field, AAW members should have a plan to accomplish required training and establish early on a rhythm of work and training to meet future […]

The Multilingual PM

The Multilingual PM

An acquisition program office brings together a multitude of professional specialties, each with its own specialized language. It’s the PM’s job to understand, interpret, translate, and unite. by Col. Joel D. Babbitt People use many languages in the course of a day. In military families, for example, it is not unusual to hear a smattering of German or Korean picked up from assignments overseas, mixed liberally with a base of English or, for some, Spanish. At work in the office of a program manager (PM), there could be a half dozen or more languages in use, each with its own vocabulary, conceptual framework and rules of usage. They are as […]

Science on the Spot

Science on the Spot

RDECOM science advisers assigned to commands in the field are poised to respond to capability gaps quickly—often with a prototype produced with 3-D printing. by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin If Gloria shows any signs of distress, Soldiers know to steer clear. That’s because Gloria, a pig who came to “life” through the magic of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, makes loud noises and oozes if there are chemical, biological or nuclear threats nearby. Without Gloria, Soldiers could step into a potentially hazardous situation without even realizing it. Gloria is one of the numerous projects that the Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) advisers have developed, along with Edgewood Chemical Biological […]

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

By Caitlin O’Neill, PM PNT staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Working together towards a common vision, Army partners recently came together to collaborate on critical Army positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) initiatives, technologies and capabilities necessary to support integrated system development. The Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) Standards Support Office (VSSO) risk reduction demonstration, held in January at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., focused on completing risk reduction efforts associated with implementing VICTORY capable systems on ground vehicle platforms. The VSSO successfully demonstrated three major capability areas: Remote control and management of devices including PNT/GPS, data radios, and electronic warfare (EW); distributed position and timing via native implementation […]

A Green Machine Success

A Green Machine Success

PM MAS secures ManTech and R&D funds to enable the industrial base to experiment with green machining to produce the next generation small-caliber round. by Mrs. Marta Hess, Mr. Jeremy Lucid and Mr. Joseph Paras Until 2010, ammunition for small arms weapons has not kept up with evolving threats, and the performance of legacy ammunition has remained relatively stagnant since the early 1980s. Developed using Cold War-era technology, legacy ammunition has a number of deficiencies in providing warfighters with a definitive advantage against current and future threats. A large-scale effort to develop and field the next generation of small caliber ammunition—and with it, the overmatch capability legacy ammunition does not […]

Partnering at the Speed of Cyber

Partnering at the Speed of Cyber

Stakeholders broke out of traditional roles while testing and evaluating cybersecurity at NIE 16.2, learning that when red and blue teams talk earlier and more often, cyber systems get stronger. by Lt. Col. Jeff Strauss and Mr. Robert Wedgeworth The ever-increasing complexity and interconnectivity of Army tactical networks and mission command systems, along with the requirement for mission assurance in the contested domain of cyberspace, present a unique challenge to operational testing and evaluation (T&E). The challenges in cyber (T&E) stem from several factors, first among them the sheer number of devices and the amount of data they exchange. These, when coupled with the growing size, evolution and complexity of […]

Medical Operations in the Multidomain Battlefield

Medical Operations in the Multidomain Battlefield

The battlefield of the future could be exponentially more complex than any the Army has known, and that’s why TATRC is looking forward to novel ways to treat and evacuate casualties. by Mr. Nathan Fisher In a conference room of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) headquarters at Fort Detrick, Maryland, in January 2017, leaders and staffers listened intently as Gen. David Perkins, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, outlined the future of the Army—the multidomain battlefield. The multidomain battlefield operational concept is built upon the premise that the joint force will not be able to assume uninterrupted superiority in any domain (land, sea, […]

Faces of the Force: Jacki Garner

Faces of the Force: Jacki Garner

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: G-6 Communications, U.S. Army Europe POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Chief, Information Technology Theater Business Office YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 2 years, 10 months DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in information technology EDUCATION: M.S. in computer information systems, University of Phoenix; B.S. in computer science, University of Central Texas; associate degree in business programming, Central Texas College AWARDS: Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award in Information Technology; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Garner’s efforts streamline IT purchases for USAREUR By Susan Follett U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) has Jacki Garner to thank for a theater information technology (IT) acquisition process and an IT investment governance and […]