DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 14, 2015) —The nomination period for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (USD (AT&L)) Awards Program begins today and runs through May 27. The awards include the Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes top performers in each of the 16 functional categories. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award recognizes field organizations for their excellence in creating a highly qualified and professional workforce. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups or teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices in acquisition. New this year is the Should Cost and Innovation Award, which […]

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts By Amy Walker, PEO C3T staff writer The Army of the future will need to deploy units and teams to austere environments at a moment’s notice, with the ability to connect and access information at the point of need. To support these requirements, the Army and DOD are leveraging the Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract to deliver technologies that enable Soldiers to connect anytime, anywhere. “The wide variety of GTACS awards to date highlights the versatility of the technologies that we can deliver to the force using this contract vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Leonard Newman, product manager (PdM) for Satellite Communications […]

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Leveraging a decade of hard lessons, CERDEC’s NVESD looks to bolster the Army’s technology investments by embracing change By Dr. Richard Nabors and Mr. Nathan Burkholder Science and technology (S&T) initiatives historically have been seen as a primary support mechanism in helping to address long-term challenges that the U.S. Army will face from conventional military threats. However, as demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, unconventional (asymmetric) threats, defined as those strategies and tactics employed by an often inferior force to offset their deficiencies and exploit weaknesses, continue to impact Army strategic land power, significantly raising the sustainment and life-cycle costs for military equipment. The dynamic evolution of threats necessitates that conventional S&T […]

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 9, 2015) – Army acquisition’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program welcomed its new cohort of 10 officers at an orientation at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club, March 31. Joined in a day-long session by representatives from participating companies including Amazon, Boeing, Cisco, CSC, General Dynamics Land Systems, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft, the new participants got a primer on what to expect and what will be expected of them in their new assignments. The Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Doug Wiltsie, kicked off the event. According to Lt. Col. Clif Sawyer, a current TWI participant, Wiltsie “did a great job highlighting […]

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 8, 2015) — With the idea that the Army acquisition community can better confront current and future challenges by learning from the past, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) held its second installment of the Excellence in Acquisition Lecture Series on March 24. Retired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, who pushed for a network-centric force throughout his career, served as the second speaker in the series. He urged the audience not to forget that they work for the Soldier first, and to take risks when necessary to provide […]

Progress Report

Progress Report

Progress Report A Q&A with the Hon. Frank Kendall As the United States winds down its involvement in more than a decade of war, acquisition has been in a nearly constant state of change—from heating up to cooling down, from massive budgets to budget-tightening. Along the way came the Gansler Commission Report and Better Buying Power (BBP) 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Efforts to carry out the recommendations of those seminal initiatives have shown some progress but continue to be hindered by outdated and often onerous processes and procedures, not to mention unwieldy bureaucracy. The Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) since May 2012, has […]

Faces of the Force: Laurie Hull

Faces of the Force: Laurie Hull

POSITION AND UNIT: Chief, Regional Contracting Office – Wiesbaden; 409th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) – Europe TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: 409th CSB Commander’s Award, Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award EDUCATION: MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu; B.S. in business and management from the University of Maryland Contracting expert hopes to become a long-term expat By Susan L. Follett Don’t look for Laurie Hull stateside anytime soon. During overseas postings to Okinawa, Japan and Portugal’s Azores while her husband served in the Air Force, Hull acquired a love for living internationally, and she’s been able to leverage her expertise in defense contracting to satisfy her travel bug. After living overseas for […]

Revamping Acquisition

Revamping Acquisition

April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine available online now By Steve Stark Fort Belvoir, VA, March 30, 2015—The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center announced today that the April – June 2015 edition of Army AL&T magazine, themed “revamping acquisition and lessons learned” is now available online now. The facets of acquisition are many, and not all of them are within the Army’s control. Revamping acquisition—the theme of this issue—requires teamwork, professionalism, planning, precision and skill, and in many ways, the Army is doing what it can to accomplish this already. Consider the DODwide Better Buying Power. BBP, begun in 2010, is on version 3.0 and is having the […]

Faces of the Force: Howard Rosbury

Faces of the Force: Howard Rosbury

POSITION: Systems Acquisition Manager for Mobile Strike Force Vehicle UNIT: Product Manager Allied Tactical Vehicles (PdM ATV), Project Manager Transportation Systems, Program Executive Office Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 9 AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: M.S., engineering management, University of Michigan – Dearborn; B.S., mechanical engineering, GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) Childhood fascination leads to grown-up career By Susan L. Follett Howard Rosbury, systems acquisition manager (SAM) for PEO CS&CSS, has an issue we’re all familiar with: too much to do and not enough time. Faced with the current climate of shrinking budgets and hiring freezes, he and […]

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (MARCH 11, 2015) — As the Army continues to modernize while simultaneously addressing drawdown and budget constraints, the service is streamlining the way it delivers field support for its communications and network systems. Taking on an increasingly crucial role in this realignment are Digital Systems Engineers (DSEs) – the go-to experts who link Soldiers with the right level of support. Bringing technical expertise and operational knowledge from deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots, DSEs are now fostering a system of systems approach to providing training, troubleshooting, cybersecurity and support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment. “The DSE […]