Killing the ‘Creep’

Killing the ‘Creep’

JLTV’s competitive prototyping effort fills a gap in the light tactical vehicle fleet while preventing test creep by bringing together stakeholders to eliminate unplanned, unfunded requirements By LTC Misty L. Martin, Ms. Danielle Wayda, Mr. Steve Martin and Mr. Josh The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program is one of the first to implement DOD’s competitive prototyping policy. Established in 2007, the policy stipulates that two or more competing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must produce prototypes to reduce risk, maximize performance, decrease costs and synchronize requirements. Simply put, this means that in addition to the normal test objectives and issues, all JLTV OEM vehicle prototypes were required to be tested […]

Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 16, 2015) – For the Army Acquisition Workforce, education is a key component of career development and, ultimately, mission success for the warfighter. Armywide, thousands of Soldiers and civilians are involved in professional education programs, making the Army’s educational enterprise one of the largest academic systems in the United States. Last month, the Army announced The Army University—a multiyear plan to bolster its educational offerings by aligning most of its military education programs under a unified academic structure. A February 2015 white paper from LTG Robert B. Brown, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, spelled out the research behind the effort, […]

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Multifunction Video Display system integrates full-motion video from all sources at all vehicle crew stations By Mr. Sean Jellish and Mr. Brian Wilson A crew of four combat engineers is buttoned up in a Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV) Type II, moving down the road in search of suspected explosive hazards, with a mission to ensure that the route is safe for a convoy to travel. Each crew member has a set mission and, other than the driver, each is most likely using an enabler or sensor to help find the hazards. Each Soldier can only see what that sensor displays, requiring him or her to alert the rest of […]

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 15, 2015) – Open up your calendars: The Office of the Army, Director of Acquisition Career Management has scheduled a host of Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) education, training and leadership development opportunities for FY16. A handful of AAW leadership development opportunities are on the schedule, including four sections of the Acquisition Leader Challenge Program, a series of seminars that focus on developing leadership skills for civilians, identifying challenges for new leaders, and incorporating individual talents into a cohesive workforce. Applications will be accepted in August for the Competitive Development Group, a three-year developmental program for board-selected applicants that offers expanded training, leadership, […]

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

POSITION AND UNIT: Aerospace Engineer, Concept Design and Assessment Tech Area, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 (2 in Army acquisition; 3 in Navy acquisition) AWARDS: Army Modeling and Simulation Award; Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field – Army Advanced Design Office; Aviation Development Directorate-AFDD Peer Award for Technical Excellence in Research and Development; 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing, Innovation Category. EDUCATION: M.S. and B.S. aerospace engineering, Virginia Tech Short tenure, lots of accolades By Susan L. Follett Ernest Keen has worked in Army acquisition for just two years, but in that […]

Getting Requirements Right

Getting Requirements Right

QRCs were quick fixes to save lives and ensure mission success, but backfilling requirements to sustain the capabilities sounds easier than it is By MAJ Timothy J. Bracken Acquisition professionals are tasked to manage their program’s cost, schedule and performance. In many cases, managing performance can be the most challenging. This is because the program office not only manages the specifics that determine and define their capability’s requirements, but also maintains a relationship with the organization that manages and “owns” the capability’s requirement documents. That organization is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager (TCM). These requirement documents, the initial capabilities document (ICD), capability development document (CDD) […]

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC Command, Power & Integration Directorate ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army recently began fielding a network communications system that provides real-time, in-flight situational awareness to commanders and paratroopers to better support forcible entry operations from takeoff to jump. The Enroute Mission Command Capability, or EMC2, came about by way of a government-to-government development partnership that produced a ruggedized network and workspace solution for the C-17 aircraft. “When we received the EMC2 requirements from the Army, we knew we would require specialized engineering support to quickly build what is essentially a flying command post,” said. Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment […]

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Mr. Steve Grzezdzinski, CECOM TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — An employee-driven project converted an unorganized, inefficient space into a well-oiled, efficient operation using visual management cues and techniques. An increase in the Unmanned Threat Emitter System (UMTE) workload in the Single Threat Systems Section and the depot reorganization dictated a move to a new location last July to augment production. UMTEs provide realistic tactical training for combat aircrews, Air Force pilots can practice their tactics before encountering threats in actual combat. The 10-member UMTE team, struggling after the move with a lack of ample space for work and storage, recognized the need to set things in order to better serve […]

Army needs one ‘solid network’ to protect against cyber threats

Army needs one ‘solid network’ to protect against cyber threats

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 9th, 2015) — From computers and laptops, to smartphones and tablets, being “in the know” is the baseline for effective organization and leadership. In today’s Army, mission command means effective communication across all commands, mediums and environments that is pervasive, protected and utilized to greatest efficiency, said Army leaders during a discussion sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, July 9. “Mission command is fundamental to assuring our Army stays strong,” said Brig Gen. John A. George, director of capabilities development for the Army Capabilities Integration Center. “We need an integrated and coordinated management system to drive that operation.” The Better […]

Army looks for new pistol

Army looks for new pistol

By PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 8, 2015) — The Army moved closer to releasing its long-awaited solicitation for a new, modern handgun system when it hosted a fourth industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, July 8. The Army named the new weapon the “XM17″ Modular Handgun System. It will replace the current M9 standard Army handgun with a more state-of-the-art weapon system. “More than 20 companies attended the event,” said Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson. Federal procurement restrictions do not allow the disclosure of the names of firms participating, she said. The government presented changes to its latest draft solicitation for the XM17, which […]