Army DACM Office hosts first career summit

Army DACM Office hosts first career summit

Army DACM Office hosts first career summit By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 20, 2017) – The U.S. Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office took to the road Sept. 6-7 to break down the basics of career management to the nearly 2,000 Army acquisition professionals at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. “We are a business of people,” Gary Martin, program executive officer for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, said during the opening session. “Today’s session is about you and the business of acquisition workforce development.” “Army Acquisition Workforce Summit: Back to Basics” included two general sessions and eight breakouts over two days at APG-North and APG-South. […]

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Instead of KISS (keeping it super simple), requirement writers for ACAT III programs often go to absurd lengths to document what a product should do—even when the product is already sitting on a shelf. Here’s how to write a requirement—and a better way based on the author’s doctoral dissertation. by Dr. Donald Schlomer, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.) To understand requirements, you first have to understand the concept of a “capability,” which simply means something that can do something. Whether it’s a high-tech jet that can take off vertically and reach the outer atmosphere in seconds, or a lowly boot made for extended jungle wear that won’t encourage trench foot, someone […]

On the front lines against PTSD

On the front lines against PTSD

USAMRMC leads the way in research to prevent, diagnose and treat service members’ psychological injuries. by Col. Dennis McGurk, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Steele, Capt. Leonard D. Skipper, Dr. Ronda Renosky and Dr. Ronald L. Hoover Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been called one of the “signature wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) has been at the forefront of documenting the prevalence and impact of PTSD on Soldiers and the joint warfighter, and developing interventions to prevent or address it. USAMRMC is the Army’s medical materiel developer, with responsibility for research, development and acquisition and medical logistics management. In 2004, […]

One acquisition process at a time

One acquisition process at a time

From the standpoint of ASA(ALT)’s test and evaluation unit, there’s a better way to support test and evaluation events, one that would directly improve operational readiness. by Ms. Laura Pegher, Mr. Adam Bussey and Ms. Amber Dufour In an acquisition environment concerned with all things cost, schedule and performance, logistics and product testing historically have tended to be an afterthought or overlooked altogether. The Army places a high priority on validating performance requirements in various developmental and operational tests, but acquisition test events such as the logistics demonstration (log demo) and verification of the technical manual often take a back seat. Based on historical data, the U.S. Army Forces Command […]

The importance of keeping track

The importance of keeping track

There aren’t very many industrial property management specialists, but the work they do to account for government property can be vitally important to DOD and the Army.  by Ms. Sabrina Johns  How important to an organization is accounting for government property? The short answer is “very,” but for the long answer, come with me to the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where how a property book officer, a logistics manager and an industrial property management specialist are addressing historical challenges associated with locating, establishing official records for and managing government property within the organization, as well as property provided […]

The Power of Prototypes

The Power of Prototypes

One year on, the Army Rapid Capabilities Office is breaking the ‘one-size-fits-all’ acquisition approach to combating rising threats. by Lt. Col. Marcos A. Cervantes Last August, senior Army leaders unveiled a new secret weapon. But it wasn’t a missile or a radar or a tank. It was the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), a new organization designed to cut through the bureaucracy and rapidly deploy technologies to combatant commanders in order to address high-priority strategic threats. The office’s mandate, said Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, was “to ensure that we’re pursing the right capabilities for our Army today and tomorrow, and to do it very quickly, […]

CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

The Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office (CCO) initiated and organized a vendor day at Mogadishu International Airport, Somalia, July 12. Engaging employment from local businesses helps shape the environment of the U.S. and its regional partners through relationships and agreements, which builds trust, dependability and shared security interests. According to CJTF-HOA contracting officer U.S. Army Maj. Curtis Sampson, the groundwork for this initiative was laid before his April 2017 arrival to Camp Lemonnier, and the contracting office leadership fully supported the idea of helping open the local vendor market in Mogadishu. “This effort stemmed from a proposal to decrease the number of items being […]

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Joint Program Manager for Towed Artillery Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition and Marine Corps Program Executive Office for Land Systems TITLE: M777 India production lead, program management engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE WORKFORCE: 7 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in engineering; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in mechanical engineering, Rutgers University India’s howitzers have New Jersey roots By Susan L. Follett Two M777A2 howitzers arrived in India in May, marking an early milestone under a contract that eventually will provide that country with 145 M777A2s starting in late 2018. Christopher Ayoub is a key player in that effort, as program management engineer for the Program Manager […]

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

New family of munitions enhances training and increases capabilities and lethality. by Mr. James Terhune For nearly 30 years, 40 mm grenades have been a mainstay on the battlefield, undergoing little more than safety and reliability improvements. In 2009, the Army set out to take advantage of new technologies to help counter evolving threats and new tactics and to provide more realistic training to warfighters. The Product Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition (PD MCA), part of Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), has created plans for the development of the next generation of 40 mm grenades. The 40 mm grenade family contains both high-velocity (HV) grenades, which are fired […]

Champion for technology

Champion for technology

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, RDECOM commanding general, answers questions about how RDECOM solves problems that Soldiers face today, as well as what the Army will face in the future. by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin For Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, readiness is a moving target. The necessity for readiness today is simply a given, but then there’s tomorrow and the host of tomorrows to come. “We need to strike the right balance between near-term and far-term technology so that we can stay ahead of our adversaries. Our goal is to figure out how to capture breakthrough technology and harness its potential so that we keep the technology pipeline full,” Wins […]