Fit, nourished and resilient

Fit, nourished and resilient

Human performance optimization aims to take Soldiers to higher and higher peaks of physical and mental fitness. by Dr. Stephen Muza and Ms. Mallory Roussel Let’s flash back to the U.S. military in 2006. The U.S. had been engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom for five and three years, respectively. In a post-9/11 environment with a higher operations tempo and longer and more frequent deployments, the U.S. military had an ongoing need to enhance mental and physical resilience and decrease injuries among deployed service members. In June of that same year, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences hosted a conference titled “Human Performance Optimization in […]

Sensor overload

Sensor overload

An S&T objective looks to ‘ExPED’ite and improve processing and exploitation of the avalanche of raw intelligence data. by Mr. Michael Pellicano and Ms. Danielle Duff At the tactical level, a commander depends on the depiction of accurate and timely battlefield situational understanding on the common operating picture (COP) to support the decision-making process. This picture is directly influenced by intelligence analysts using an institutionalized workflow called tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination, which turns raw intelligence data into actionable intelligence that is then fed into the COP. Over the previous decade, driven by the demands of war and technological advances, significant enhancements in the capabilities of sensors and collection […]

Science and technology supporting future Army aviation

Science and technology supporting future Army aviation

 Research in several areas will mature new capabilities to make Future Vertical Lift possible.   by Mr. Todd Turner and Mr. Matthew Simone In the future, Army aviation systems will need to operate in an anti-access and area denial (A2AD) contested airspace against adversaries that have advanced capabilities that constrain freedom of maneuver. To be effective in these environments, future aviation systems will need extended range, increased situational awareness and higher speed to maneuver into positions of advantage, survive and engage the adversary. There also will be a need for increased use of unmanned systems to penetrate this contested airspace. The investments in the air systems science and technology (S&T) portfolio […]

Network C3I

Network C3I

Targeted S&T supports new directions in network modernization by focusing on command, control, communications and intelligence capabilities for expeditionary operations featuring active electronic warfare. by Ms. Nora Pasion Army senior leaders have identified network command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) as one of the Army’s six modernization priorities. Consistent with guidance from the chief of staff of the Army (CSA), the Army will move away from the existing network modernization path that lacked survivability, effectiveness, interoperability and suitability, and toward an expeditionary network enabling the Army to fight and win in all environments and against all enemies. To support this way forward, the Mission Command Network Modernization Implementation Plan will […]

A look at leader development: A Pacific point of view

A look at leader development: A Pacific point of view

By Tara Clements More than a month after returning from our first TDY deployment to Korea and Hawaii with the DOD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), I pulled out my journal to review my notes. It’s astounding to revisit the ground and content our cohort covered in two short weeks. The trip was intense—a tight schedule, long hours and tedious travel across multiple time zones. It also provided exclusive access to general officers and members of the Senior Executive Service, and a behind-the-scenes look at the warfighter’s environment that helped all of us better understand DOD’s purpose in the Pacific. It also gave me context around some of the “Beltway […]

The Top Five Lessons I Learned While Working at Amazon.com, Inc.

The Top Five Lessons I Learned While Working at Amazon.com, Inc.

By Lt. Col. Rachael Hoagland When people learn that I spent a year as a Training with Industry Fellow at Amazon.com, Inc. I get asked, “Did you meet Jeff Bezos? Did you get to work on the drones?” Or, “You must have seen some really cool technology.” Yes, I attended quarterly all hands with Jeff Bezos but we never had a one on one conversation. No, I did not work on the drone project. Yes, I did see some really cool technology. Every time someone asked one of the questions I had already been asked a hundred times I asked myself what it was that I was really learning. The […]

Ostrowski outlines Army’s plan to streamline acquisition

Ostrowski outlines Army’s plan to streamline acquisition

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 24, 2018)—Warning that “we have no choice but to get engaged in changing the culture,” Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski outlined the Army’s plan to speed acquisition during Wednesday’s roadshow here. The Army Acquisition Workforce’s focus, said Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Army acquisition executive, has to always be the U.S. Soldiers in harm’s way: “I’ve got to get that capability out there faster. I’ve got to think of innovative ways to do so. And I’ve got to make it such that Soldiers are as force-protected, as lethal and as situationally aware that we can possibly make them because we owe that […]

A ‘map’ for the multidomain megacity

A ‘map’ for the multidomain megacity

Army scientists pursue advances in situational awareness, 3-D modeling and real-time data updating to help units make better decisions faster in urban combat.  by Dr. Robert E. Davis, Dr. Kevin R. Slocum,  Dr. Tad T. Brunye and Dr. Aaron L. Gardony Today’s Army leaders consider it inevitable that U.S. ground forces will engage in combat in dense urban environments, including building interiors and subterranean spaces. These settings eliminate or severely degrade many of the technological advantages that U.S. forces and their global (near-) peers have developed over several decades, and they also may provide sanctuary to friend or foe. Dense urban environments also heighten broader risks of unintended consequences in […]

ASA(ALT) Principal Military Deputy Challenges Army Acquisition Workforce

ASA(ALT) Principal Military Deputy Challenges Army Acquisition Workforce

WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the Principal Military Deputy to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) (ASA (ALT)), met with members of the ASA(ALT) staff at the Pentagon Jan. 22 to discuss initiatives to streamline the acquisition process and change the culture in order to improve efforts to deliver timely capability to the Soldier. The so-called “Road Show” has taken Ostrowski to Army Program Executive Offices (PEOs) nationwide, to inform the 39,000 member workforce about how the acquisition process is changing and why these changes are being made. “The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) and the NDAA FY16, what did they […]

Driving out “the Stupid” Leveraging IT Lessons Learned from DOD and Industry

Driving out “the Stupid” Leveraging IT Lessons Learned from DOD and Industry

By Col. Richard Haggerty Imagine yourself as the Project Manager (PM) of an Acquisition Category (ACAT) III basket portfolio who has just been tapped to lead an ACAT I Special Interest cyber-Information Technology (IT) program with direction from Congress to immediately deliver capability to all Cyber Mission Forces (CMF) across the Department of Defense (DoD). Additionally, your first task as the PM is to brief Congressional members and staffers on your plan to execute this program, despite a lack of personnel, a defined requirement document, or an acquisition strategy. What do you do? A good place to start is an assessment of applicable Lessons Learned. Unfortunately, these lessons all point […]