‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘Required’ Reading: Latest Army AL&T magazine online By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 30, 2015) — The newest edition of Army AL&T magazine is all about requirements and in keeping with the theme, this “required” reading is now available online. In Army acquisition, everything begins with requirements, with all facets of a system or service examined through the lens of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities—DOTMLPF—which is why Army AL&T spoke with Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, director of the TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center Requirements Integration Directorate. Read how ARCIC is working to bring all stakeholders into the development of requirements in “From Concept […]

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

By Kristen Kushiyama, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) received an update on the Army’s latest work in creating modular, customizable systems for various Army platforms during a visit here June 16. The Hon. Heidi Shyu toured the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to gain a deeper understanding of CERDEC’s Hardware/Software Convergence initiative. CERDEC is working to modernize and modularize Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, and Electronic Warfare components so that there is a standard interface to better and more quickly facilitate the integration, compatibility and interoperability of new capabilities. Shyu said […]

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

By Kathryn Bailey, staff writer, Project Manager Mission Command ABERDEEN, Md. (June 22, 2015) – A quick check of the day’s weather forecast helps people decide if they should grab a jacket or umbrella before heading out for the day. However, temperature and precipitation predictions are just two of the weather elements that military fire support personnel must check to ensure they conduct an accurate fires mission. “Most people are not concerned if rain only falls into the upper atmosphere or if the wind or humidity shifts slightly throughout the day,” said Michael Strauss, an assistant product manager for Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2), assigned to Project Manager Mission […]

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

POSITION AND UNIT: Force Project and Sustainment Portfolio Lead; Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 12 AWARDS: 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Lessons Learned EDUCATION: M.S. in systems engineering in material science; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in chemical engineering and B.S. in chemical engineering, Tufts University Swapping a lab coat for a spreadsheet By Susan L. Follett Chenxi Dong-O’Malley began her Army civilian career a dozen years ago, working on protective clothing and equipment for Soldiers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). “Most people are unaware of the amount of technology development that’s behind the […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – A reclassification board held here earlier this month selected 12 candidates for accession into the 51C military occupational specialty (MOS)—the second and final board of the fiscal year resulted in a nine percent selection rate. The 51C MOS is an acquisition, logistics and technology contracting specialty for noncommissioned officers (NCOs). “The competition among applicants continues to be very strong,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, Chief 51C proponent NCO. “The quality of NCOs we have in the Army who are competing for these contracting positions makes it tough for the board members—but that’s a good thing.” The number of selected applicants varies across each board […]

Finding Closure

Finding Closure

Rock Island contract closeout team returns more than $320 million to customers, capturing lessons learned from 13 years of contracting in Southwest Asia. By Mr. Jake Adrian and Ms. Andrea Kalb On a daily basis, the Reachback Contract Closeout Team is effectively closing chapter after chapter of the long story that comprises the past 13 years of war in Southwest Asia. This team, located at Army Contracting Command – Rock Island, IL (ACC-RI), a subordinate organization of U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Army Contracting Command created in 2010 to process and close out approximately 220,000 fixed-price contracts awarded in Iraq and Afghanistan, has removed more than $321 million and counting from contracts to […]

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

By Ms. Karen Kurtz, ASA(ALT) Strategic Communications WASHINGTON (June 2, 2015) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and Director, Acquisition Career Management, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, today said that he wants to hear from military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Corps and greater Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) about how they honor the oath of office each day. “Whether military or civilian, we all began our careers by taking an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.” Williamson said. “I want to hear from our acquisition professionals about how they honor the oath of office […]

Faces of the Force: David Cook

Faces of the Force: David Cook

POSITION AND UNIT: Industrial Engineer in the Program Evaluation Division, Program Management Directorate of the Lower Tier Project Office; Program Executive Office Missiles and Space TOTAL YEARS SERVICE: 32 AWARDS: The 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Army Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Innovation EDUCATION: M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Alabama; M.S. in wood science and technology and B.S. in forestry, Mississippi State University A subset of one By Susan L. Follett It’s likely that the subset of people with master’s degrees in forestry and wood utilization sciences who work in defense acquisition is very small in number. And it’s possible that it’s a subset of just one: […]

Testing, Tested

Testing, Tested

USAOTC looks to streamline testing and get new products to Soldiers in less time and at a lower cost By CPT Lev L. Mazères Every test effort faces its own set of challenges—the Air Soldier System (Air SS) included—but through creative problem-solving, a team from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) delivered a thorough operational test (OT) that has positioned the evaluation effort for success as the Air SS Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team prepares for an initial operational test (IOT) in late summer 2015. USAOTC executed a series of test events over the course of two months last summer, in support of Product Manager (PdM) Air […]

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

By David Vergun WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2015) — Global Combat Support System-Army, or GCSS-Army, “is clearly the game-changer in logistics,” said Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, announcing that the “second wave” of GCSS-Army, which launched in January, is in full swing. Perna, deputy chief of staff, G-4, delivered opening remarks for the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare-sponsored Hot Topics: “Strategic Sustainment for a Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army.” GCSS-Army will increase better buying power, he said, as well as produce more timely, precise and effective information needed by the warfighter to move, track, maintain and account for equipment and supplies. Once […]