A different way of doing business

A different way of doing business

CERDEC’s talent management initiative incorporates a new, enterprisewide approach to help employees reach their goals while strengthening the organization. by Mr. John S. Willison Two years ago, the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) faced an unpleasant reality: More than 30 percent of our almost 2,000 government employees were eligible to retire or would be soon. Taking steps to address that challenge proactively, we launched a succession management initiative. But a growing realization that talent management was the key to strengthening the workforce prompted us to expand our focus. It is easy—and common—for an organization to declare that “people are our most important asset.” It is significantly […]

CONTRIBUTION!

CONTRIBUTION!

AcqDemo and upcoming improvements significantly empower acquisition organizations and their teams to focus on contributing to successful execution of the acquisition mission. by Mr. Jerold A. Lee The most significant changes to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) since its inception will be coming in 2018. “These additions and improvements in AcqDemo are the result of a deliberative (over two years) process undertaken by the AcqDemo office in collaboration with participating organizations in all of the services,” said René Thomas-Rizzo, director of Human Capital Initiatives in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)). For those who are participating […]

Army DACM Office assesses workforce strengths; weaknesses

Army DACM Office assesses workforce strengths; weaknesses

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 13, 2017) — Thirteen acquisition career fields are undergoing an assessment across the Army acquisition workforce to identify competency strengths and weaknesses specific to each profession. What makes these assessments—known as the TrueChoice Acquisition Career Field Assessments—different is the input is coming directly from Army acquisition professionals currently working in those career fields, and time is running out to submit feedback. The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is seeking maximum participation from workforce members so that it can obtain an accurate picture of the overall health of both technical and leadership skills. Assessments are sent by email directly to individuals across […]

I3MP delivers 1st Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP delivers 1st Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold While the 1st Infantry Division (ID) was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) performed a technology refresh on the 1st ID Command Center at Fort Riley, Kansas, as part of the Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) initiative. As the Army prepares to operate in a contested, multidomain arena that combines land, air, sea, space and cyber, the HSMCC initiative takes an evolutionary approach to providing joint command centers with the capability to host and operate mission command systems while at home station. The HSMCC technology refresh, the initiative’s first phase, standardizes the disparate, off-the-shelf technology at […]

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director for Army Watercraft Systems, Project Manager for Transportation Systems (PM TS), Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) TITLE: Assistant product manager, Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), Landing Craft Mechanized-8 and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 29 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management, life cycle logistics, and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in logistics management administration and master of public administration, Georgia College and State University; B.A. in chemistry and business management, Mary Baldwin University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (4); Army Superior Unit Award; Detroit Federal Executive Board Employee Recognition as part […]

First, Manage Yourself

First, Manage Yourself

In 30 years of studying and teaching leadership, Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill has seen the numerous ways that understanding oneself and the organization well makes for better managers and leaders who can build thriving teams by Ms. Margaret C. Roth If it seems to you that managing or leading in government and managing or leading in business have nothing in common, Dr. Linda A. Hill has a story or five to tell you. Hill has made it her life’s work to study, from a global perspective, what makes a good manager a good leader, and vice versa. What she has learned and teaches as the Harvard Business […]

Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

AAW’s importance to the mission makes professional development all the more vital From The Army Acquisition Executive Ms. Steffanie B. Easter As the Army builds a more agile and adaptive force for the future, we must continue to provide our Soldiers a decisive advantage by maintaining high-quality acquisition professionals to develop, acquire, field and sustain the world’s best equipment and services. Comprising over 38,000 professionals, both military and civilian, our Army acquisition community is responsible for outfitting Soldiers around the globe for any and all possible situations and conflicts they may encounter. Additionally, we must accomplish this against the backdrop of an increasingly complex environment, which requires us to be […]

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical TITLE: Assistant product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in program management and in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in modeling and simulation, University of Central Florida; master’s of public administration in national security affairs, Troy University; B.S. in environmental science, Creighton University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star); Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO […]

A forcing function for integration

A forcing function for integration

A look at the systems, participants and firsts from more than a dozen NIEs. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest The Army rolled out its new network modernization strategy with a flourish. On a Monday in May 2011, no fewer than 12 stars assembled for a news conference with the Pentagon press corps. Led by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, then the vice chief of staff of the Army, the generals made the case for a new paradigm called the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), described by Chiarelli as “a revolutionary new approach.” Because of wartime necessity and the culture of the acquisition system, the Army had been developing and delivering individual components of […]

July Hot Topics

July Hot Topics

Acquisition Training, Education and Leader Development Opportunities: The GS-14/lieutenant colonel and GS-15/colonel Army Acquisition Corps Centralized Selection List (CSL) Acquisition Command and Acquisition Key Billet board announcements will be released July 17, 2017. The application closing date is Aug. 30, 2017. The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship Program announcement opens July 25, 2017, and closes Dec. 14, 2017. Find out more about this GS-12/13 (or equivalent) three-year civilian leadership development opportunity. Defense Acquisition University Course Updates: Course Number Changes: PMT 355, Program Management Office Course, Part A replaced PMT 352A; and PMT 360, Program Management Office Course, Part B replaced PMT 352B. PMT 352A and B remain acceptable predecessors to […]