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 […]

Commanders plan; autonomy facilitates

Commanders plan; autonomy facilitates

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — “Receipt of Mission” — so begins the Army’s extensive Military Decision Making Process, or MDMP, followed by six more steps, 44 tasks and hundreds of sub-tasks. This proven methodology assists commanders and staff with applying their critical thinking skills to formulate sound decisions, but it can be complex and time consuming. To streamline the process, Army science and technology engineers are inserting autonomous technologies into the MDMP, with the caveat that “autonomy” will never substitute for the human commander’s intent. The Automated Planning Framework, or APF, is an autonomous capability under development at the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center. It […]

Integrating systems, experiences

Integrating systems, experiences

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Soldier Warrior; Program Executive Office for Soldier TITLE: Project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 18 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 26 (including almost two years as an enlisted Soldier) DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and contracting EDUCATION: M.S. in national resource strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy; M.S. in management, industrial procurement and contracting, Florida Institute of Technology; B.B.A., Marshall University AWARDS: Dwight D. Eisenhower School and National Contract Management Association Award for Excellence in Research and Writing; National Reconnaissance Office Director’s Circle Award  Integrating systems, experiences By Susan L. Follett “If you want to have a direct impact […]

September hot topics

September hot topics

September hot topics Army DACM Office Updates Coming soon to your neck of the woods—Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Summit: Back to Basics pilot at Aberdeen Proving Ground – North and Aberdeen Proving Ground – South Sept. 6-7. The summit provides an overview of the AAW composition, an understanding of how the Army DACM Office can assist the workforce, and what opportunities, resources and tools are available to help AAW members manage their career development. For questions on the summit or to schedule one at your organization, please email us. Looking for a new challenge? The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) / Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) programs prepare Army senior civilians […]

AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan: Year one

AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan: Year one

More than 30 initiatives are underway, and we’re just getting started. by Ms. Joan L. Sable October 2017 marks the completion of the first year of a five-year Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), led by the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, an office dedicated to you and your acquisition career. This plan is a key component to support human capital management efforts and the Army’s No. 1 priority: readiness. Together, we have a responsibility to ensure that our AAW maintains a competitive edge and can face any challenge. This investment in the AAW is supported by your senior acquisition leadership. Lt. Gen. Paul […]