Calibrating collaboration with industry

Calibrating collaboration with industry

Tasked with delivering ammunition for weapons ranging from handguns to tanks, PM MAS customizes strategies and partnerships with the private sector to develop the best solutions for the warfighter. by Col. Moises M. Gutierrez, Lt. Col. John Todd Masternak, Mr. Christopher R. Seacord and Lt. Col. Kyle A. McFarland From the handgun ammo supplier who straddles the commercial demand-driven market to the unique, military-only tank ammunition supplier who must rely on foreign military sales to retain market competitiveness, each segment of the DOD direct fire ammunition portfolio demands different, multiprong, process-driven strategies to gain the best value and profit while maintaining product overmatch. The project manager for maneuver ammunition systems […]

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

by Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 20, 2016) – The call for nominations for the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open, and will end at midnight ET on Sept. 2. Featuring a few tweaks from last year, the program provides an opportunity to recognize the very best of the Army Acquisition Workforce, and to highlight how their efforts help their organizations and the acquisition community as a whole. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology revamped the 2016 awards so that they’re more closely aligned with the functions of today’s Army Acquisition Workforce. T better centralize […]

It’s About Time—All of It

It’s About Time—All of It

When GPS goes out, the chip-scale atomic clock may be coming to the rescue. by Mr. John Delcolliano and Mr. Paul Olson Accurate time is crucial to our military. It enables all the warfighting functions of an expeditionary force: radio communications, network synchronization, information gathering, weapon systems, manned and unmanned systems, maneuvers, fires, electronic warfare and all types of sensors. In addition to relying on the positioning capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS), many Army systems use GPS, which was developed by the U.S. military, for its highly accurate time. That’s because if you know where you were 10 seconds ago, you can determine where you are now based […]

Open Source Big Data

Open Source Big Data

PEO EIS and ARCYBER found something interesting in analyzing the government’s off-the-shelf big data systems: Nearly all are built using high-quality, open-source software. With a similar, government-owned platform, DOD would no longer pay high licensing fees. It could increase the competitive playing field and make all of its big data analytics work together. by Maj. Isaac J. Faber and Ms. Elissa Zadrozny Big data analytics—the process of examining massive data sets containing a variety of data types to uncover hidden patterns, correlations and other strategic business and operational information—is among the hottest trends in information technology and one of the Army’s highest priorities. The Army chief information officer/G-6 (CIO/G-6), in […]

Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Find the best resource for current career opportunities, upcoming program announcements and Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the July issue of the DACM Newsletter, now available on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center DACM Newsletter (USAASC) website. Among the news in this month’s issue is an update on the AAW’s progress toward the statutory mandate of earning 80 continuous learning points over a two-year period that ends in September. (Spoiler alert: Compliance is at an impressive 98 percent.) The July issue also spells out the latest on the Human Capital Strategic Plan and reviews the nuts and bolts of the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Aviation Logistics Directorate, Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (ACC-Redstone) Years of Service in Workforce: 4 DAWIA Certifications: Level II certified in contracting Education: M.S. in logistics management, M.S. in acquisition and contract management and M.S. in management, the Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in telecommunications, Alabama A&M University Awards: Coin for excellence from Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive; coin from Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, then-Program Executive Officer for Missiles and Space   Using SCEP as a stepping stone By Susan L. Follett Cynthia Hubbard used the Student Career […]

Network Marketplace: Open for Business and Growing

Network Marketplace: Open for Business and Growing

PEO C3T keeps up with rapid technological changes by taking a competitive approach to buying the latest commercial products so that it can get the best to Soldiers faster. by Mr. Joe Welch, Lt. Col. Jack “Shane” Taylor and Mr. Michael Beery For years, the Army pursued communication systems the same way it developed tanks—fielding a “big bang” capability intended to last for decades. But with today’s exponential progress in information technology, the Army’s network strategy has shifted from revolutionary to evolutionary—continuously building on the latest models with faster, stronger and more powerful capabilities. Think of the latest version of a smartphone, or the most recent model year of a […]

High Stakes, High Reward

High Stakes, High Reward

Strong partnerships with industry are more important than ever as R&D funding declines and need for innovation grows From the Honorable Katrina McFarland  In recent years, Army AL&T magazine has covered various facets of the Better Buying Power program that provide a framework to help us improve how we conduct business, including leveraging small business innovations, revamping acquisition and strengthening tradecraft of the acquisition workforce. This issue highlights another aspect of the program that remains integral to our mission: effective partnerships with industry. While the dynamics of our relationship with industry may evolve with the changing acquisition landscape, the fundamental need for a collaborative exchange of ideas with industry remains […]

July 2016 Hot Topics

July 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE We are now in the last quarter of FY16, which means there are less than three months to the end of the two-year cycle in which Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals must finish the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have questions about the requirement, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact. The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for communicating compliance to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)). Failure to complete CLPs during the two-year cycle can affect your ability to qualify for […]

New Army AL&T magazine explores partnership of Army, industry

New Army AL&T magazine explores partnership of Army, industry

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 5, 2016) — Government and industry working together to ensure that warfighters have the equipment they need is the theme of the July- September 2016 issue of Army AL&T magazine, online now at . That collaboration, and the innovation that results when it’s working properly, is essential to giving Soldiers a decisive advantage on the battlefield. Especially during times of austere defense budgets, a consistent and thorough dialogue with industry partners is vital to mission success. With its decisive military overmatch a thing of the past, the United States seeks to marshal all possible resources to drive innovation and provide the latest capabilities. […]