Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

Faces of the Force: Lisa Benjamin

POSITION: Contracting Officer UNIT: 918th Contracting Battalion, Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Carson TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 32 (21 active duty and 11 civilian) AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation (6) EDUCATION: MBA, Regis University, B.S. in business management/business administration, Colorado State University Contracting role requires flexibility, capacity to manage change By Susan L. Follett Lisa Benjamin isn’t big on down time. Two weeks after she graduated from high school in 1982, she headed for Army basic training. She spent 21 years on active duty, and six months later she began working for the Army as a civilian—work she’s done for more than a decade. […]

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs Office  Beginning with the early stages of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the Army has steadily increased its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities from both a manpower and equipment standpoint. In particular, significant progress has been ongoing since the Army re-established its EW corps and stood up the Project Manager Electronic Warfare office in 2009 to provide materiel solutions that protect Soldiers from radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and provides them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the electromagnetic spectrum. As the use of EW has become more prevalent, land component commanders and their staffs require a capability […]

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board

Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board

By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015)—Fourteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the first-ever product director centralized selection board held Dec. 4-5, 2014, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 6 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Mr. Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM and the 12 program executive officers. The board approved 10 product director positions to be filled this summer. The civilian-only centrally selected product director board is one of Williamson’s first major talent […]

February Army DACM Office Hot Topics

February Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: 2014 Chief Developmental Tester KLP Joint Qualification Board Army Selectees The Joint Qualification Board is a new concept to prequalify personnel as ready to fill a key leadership position (KLP) so that when a position is announced for hire or selection, there will be qualified candidates at the ready. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Frank Kendall identified the chief developmental tester KLP as the first KLP to pilot the Joint Qualification Board process. The purpose of the board is to create a standard of excellence across DOD by identifying individuals who the board will prequalify to occupy highly demanding KLPs when announced. Boards […]

Tooth to Tail

Tooth to Tail

PEO CS&CSS works to sharpen the Army’s teeth while trimming its tail By Ms. Munira Tourner and Mr. Michael Clow As the Army postures to succeed and win in this complex world, its Force 2025 and beyond campaign plan outlines the need to design and build a force that is more lethal, expeditionary and agile than today’s. At the same time, the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040,” spearheaded by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (­TRADOC), acknowledges that success in our complex world may well involve more than just firepower. Since Force 2025 emphasizes speed and lethality, significant opportunities exist to shape and […]

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

POSITION: GPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator UNIT: ACC-APG/Tenant Contracting Division TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 (20 years on active duty, 6 years as a civilian) AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; MBA, Oklahoma City University; B.S. in business administration, University of Louisville. Level III certified in contracting and Level II certified in program management Meal Ticket Becomes a Career Path By Susan L. Follett When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known […]

The Energy Circuit

The Energy Circuit

A roundup of projects and efforts to power change in Army energy By Army AL&T Staff Energy is one of the most important ways that the Army is going to get anywhere, much less to 2025 and beyond. The Army’s goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that its installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages. The military is also congressionally mandated to draw 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, and the Army is the biggest single user of energy in the United States. Whether it’s through reduction and efficiency or through […]

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

By Mr. Anthony Ricchiazzi (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A team of Army personnel that included two depot technicians gave the Ukrainian army the ability to accurately track mortar rounds. Lightweight Counter Mortar Radars that backtrack incoming mortar rounds, enabling quick countermeasures were delivered to Ukraine recently. According to the Department of Defense news website, the radar systems are the first to be delivered so U.S. Army military and civilian personnel can train members of the Ukrainian armed forces. Team Tobyhanna arrived in-country and spent two weeks at the International Peace Keeping and Security Center in Yavoriv training Ukraine soldiers to deploy, operate and troubleshoot the radars. The Defense […]

History in the Making

History in the Making

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Every edition of the U.S. Army Weapon Systems handbook since 1989 is now available in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s new online archive. Since 1989, the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook has served as a critical reference document that informs key stakeholders and audiences—primarily Congress—about high-priority Army acquisition programs in a comprehensive and understandable format, while presenting essential information reflecting the strategic context in which the Army operates. Each handbook provides critical information through visual and written program profiles that describe each system’s purpose, capability, program status, projected activities and interdependencies with other key systems. Many of the systems from the first […]