Hope regenerated

Hope regenerated

Wounds that used to kill don’t, but IED attacks leave many service members with severe, lasting damage to legs or arms. So the Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine office stamps a high priority on extremity repair. by Ms. Kristy Pottol, Lt. Col. Melinda Eaton and Lt. Col.(P) David Saunders Compared with the Vietnam War, body armor and improved battlefield resuscitation have increased survivability in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; however, the downstream effect is a greater number of extremity wounds leading to higher levels of disability. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) often cause serious damage to the limbs. As many as 50 percent of service members with extremity injuries suffer […]

For ARL engineer assigned to South Korea, there’s energy in the air

For ARL engineer assigned to South Korea, there’s energy in the air

This column is the first in a series of articles profiling the work of defense science and technology personnel participating in the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program, managed by the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation. The program’s mission is to increase international collaboration in military research, development and acquisition, as well as to provide career-broadening work assignments for U.S. military and government defense personnel in foreign defense establishments. By Ms. Gabriella Krohmal and Mr. Adam Genest U.S. and South Korean civilian defense scientists are working together to create energy from thin air. Dr. Mark Griep, a U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) biomedical engineer who […]

Overseas opportunities

Overseas opportunities

The Army’s Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program gives researchers a chance to grow professionally while collaborating with U.S. allies on new technologies. by Ms. Gabriella Krohmal and Mr. Adam Genest In Japan, U.S. Army software engineer Ross Arnold surveys what’s left of the town of Arahama, four hours north of Tokyo. Arahama was destroyed in 2011 by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, killing 15,894 people and destroying more than 120,000 buildings, including every building in Arahama except the schoolhouse. Arnold, who’s assigned to the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center, hopes that the new software algorithm he’s been working on with Japan’s Air Systems Research […]

CERDEC NCO receives Bronze Star

CERDEC NCO receives Bronze Star

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — An Army Materiel Command senior enlisted member received the military’s fourth highest combat award, here Dec. 15. Sgt. 1st Class David M. Worthington, a senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, received the Bronze Star Medal for ensuring “the success of multiple special operations of national significance” during deployments to Iraq and Syria throughout 2015 and 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, commanding general of the US Army Communications-Electronics Command, presented the Bronze Star to Worthington during a ceremony at CERDEC headquarters. “As a two-star general who was active-duty for 30 […]

An outsider’s take on acquisition

An outsider’s take on acquisition

Army acquires tactical communications equipment; units lack time, resources to train with it; some deploy without it. A PEO’s liaison to the operational force breaks down this dilemma. by Brig. Gen. Karl Gingrich I arrived at the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) in June 2016 as an outsider to the Army’s acquisition community. Given that I had no acquisition credentials or signal experience, many found the assignment curious, but the Army knew exactly what it was doing and why. It was specifically the lack of credentials and limited knowledge of the tactical communications portfolio that enabled me to do what the Army wanted—bring […]

Very small satellites, very big deal

Very small satellites, very big deal

A flock of Doves takes detailed pictures of the whole Earth every day. You’ve probably seen their photos, or read a headline informed by the data they gather. What can the Army learn from these birds and the former NASA engineers who set them aloft? by Mr. Michael Bold As wildfires raged through half a dozen Northern California counties in October, a San Francisco company offered free access to its satellite photos of the devastation to the public, first responders, aid providers and media. What made the company’s photos of the burning wine country worth studying was that they were taken daily from 230 to 310 miles above Earth. The […]

Integrating people, processes for program success

Integrating people, processes for program success

STEVEN SCHULTZ COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; assigned to the Joint Program Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support POSITION: Chief integration engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 18 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in automotive engineering, Lawrence Technological University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Michigan AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2009, 2013 and 2015 Integrating people, processes for program success by Ms. Susan L. Follett Considered the top team award in acquisition, DOD’s David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes groups and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary innovation using […]

Are you relevant?

Are you relevant?

By Mr. Michael Bold   DAWIA requires career-long education for AAW members; it’s up to you to make the most of it. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” ― Albert Einstein And if you’re a member of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), intellectual growth in the form of continuous learning is just as it sounds―continuous. When the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) became law in 1990, it envisioned a professional acquisition workforce that was not only well-educated in the acquisition process, but also constantly upgraded that education. The Continuous Learning Policy was enacted to make certain that, for members of the AAW, education was […]

Tools for talent

Tools for talent

By Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, Acquisition Career Management There are many ways to motivate our Army Acquisition Workforce Our work as Army acquisition professionals involves everything from helicopters to radios, tanks to software, body armor to missiles, and so much more. But at the end of the day, it really is all about talent management: finding a way to put the right person in the right job at the right time. There are a number of tools that have long been available for what we call the three R’s: recruiting, retention and relocation. We also have some relatively new tools, such as expedited hiring and direct-hire authority. The new year […]

Better, faster, cheaper

Better, faster, cheaper

PEO EIS’ Defensive Cyber Operations office is achieving rapid acquisition of constantly evolving IT by using consortium-based other transaction authority. by Lt. Col. Scott Helmore and Tom Cole, Brig. Gen., USA (Ret.) How to acquire and provide capability better, faster and cheaper has been a consistent theme in defense acquisition for decades. In this era of cyber, information technology (IT) and software-intensive systems, technology moves faster than the traditional acquisition system can support. Traditional timelines for requirements, funding, development, production and fielding span years. By the time systems are delivered to Soldiers, the need they were designed to fill may be several years old. This problem has confounded Army leadership, […]