A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

By Mr. Stephen F. Conley and Dr. Craig M. Arndt Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism, the acquisition community has been focused on providing Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) to Warfighting units in theater. Some of this equipment is found to be so effective that it is worth keeping and fielding to the entire service. When a service decides that a QRC is worth keeping, the capability must transition and become an enduring capability otherwise known as a formal Program of Record (POR). The Department of Defense (DoD) has struggled with how to execute this transition for years. This paper provides a conceptual process to transition a QRC […]

Per Vivo Labs warms to tech transfer

Per Vivo Labs warms to tech transfer

By Mr. Troy Carter In 2005, Russ Hubbard went through boot camp like everyone in the Army, and he saw fresh-faced recruits overheat even while they chugged canteens of water and bawled: “Beat the heat, drill sergeant, beat the heat.” After several overseas deployments, Hubbard left the Army in 2012, transitioned back to civilian life in Kingsport, Tennessee, and founded Per Vivo Labs Inc. to address some of the problems plaguing Soldiers. The startup’s first product was called Polar Skin Ice Sheets, a highly portable lifesaving solution for on-site treatment of heat injuries. The company’s first customer was the U.S. Army Cadet Command. After the success of the ice sheets, […]

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

By Capt. Christopher W. Piercy Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed or implied in this essay are those of the author and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the Department of Defense, Air Force, F-35 Joint Program Office, or other agencies or departments of the U.S. government. Background In 2009 I commissioned into the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 64P, which designated me as a Contracting Officer. As a Contracting Officer it is my responsibility to support the warfighter by acquiring the supplies, services, and weapons systems necessary to defeat our enemies and protect our citizens. […]

From minds to markets

From minds to markets

TechLink public-private intermediary helps small businesses access Army inventions, benefiting the U.S. military and the national economy. by Mr. Thomas Mulkern and Mr. Troy Carter Putting Army research and technology in the hands of capable partners in industry is crucial for fielding decisive Army capabilities. To be successful, technology transfer requires dedication, commitment and trust. Since 1999, Army research labs have trusted TechLink, DOD’s national partnership for technology transfer, to help bring innovative technology advances to the marketplace and the warfighter, supporting the U.S. military and the national economy and proving the value of the Army laboratory enterprise. The Army conducts large amounts of scientific research that leads to cutting-edge […]

Bench-building at Army labs

Bench-building at Army labs

Attracting an elite cadre of scientists and engineers is essential for the Army mission; Army labs need to be able to offer better pay and shorter hiring timelines to do so.  by Dr. Matt Willis A core enabler for technology superiority in a constantly evolving and asymmetric threat landscape is technological excellence at the Army laboratory enterprise, empowered by a strategically shaped and highly competent technical workforce. Attracting, recruiting and retaining an elite cadre of Army scientists and engineers is essential for success in the science and technology (S&T) domain that is critical to the Army’s mission. Army scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians—among other technical specialists—make fundamental S&T contributions to […]

5 Things you didn’t know about U.S. Army foreign military sales

5 Things you didn’t know about U.S. Army foreign military sales

By Adam Genest and Jim Stocks Many in the Army acquisition community have heard of foreign military sales (FMS), but few know just how large and important FMS is to our Army and our nation. Here are the top five things you should know about Army FMS: FMS is Big Demand for American-made weapons has and will continue to be high, with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency reporting that the U.S. sold more than $33 billion worth of military goods and services last year alone. The U.S. Army consistently represents the majority of those sales among the various military departments and agencies within DOD, with last year’s total coming in […]

Broad roots grow strong STEMs

Broad roots grow strong STEMs

Army Educational Outreach Program aims to engage, inspire and attract the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent. by Dr. Matt Willis The United States’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capabilities are critical to the nation’s innovation, economic competitiveness and national security. Protecting and equipping our most critical asset, the U.S. Soldier, depends on thoughtful solutions that can thrive only if we are constantly ahead of our adversaries in science and technology innovation and manufacturing. Globally, STEM fields will drive the solutions to our most critical challenges in health, safety and the environment. Recent studies illustrate a clear and alarming erosion in the United States’ STEM capabilities, […]

Investing in Army laboratory innovation

Investing in Army laboratory innovation

You need good labs and smart people to turn out good science and technology. If the Army wants innovative solutions backed by solid R&D, it needs to pay for them. by Dr. Matt Willis Army laboratories work diligently and collaboratively to deliver technology-enabled solutions for current conflicts and to develop technologies to prepare the Army for multiple futures by enhancing the force’s ability to prevent, shape and win future conflicts. The Army labs are national assets, ensuring Army dominance in an asymmetric and complex warfighting future. The underpinnings of a robust Army laboratory network include strategic and focused workforce and infrastructure policies; collaborations with traditional and nontraditional defense partners; mechanisms […]

Army Acquisition FY18 Product and Project Director Slating Results

Army Acquisition FY18 Product and Project Director Slating Results

By Norm Hilton FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb 14, 2018) – On 25 January 2018, a Talent Management Board of Directors (TM BoD) convened to slate 13 positions for the newly selected product and project directors. Mr. Jeffrey A. White, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (PDASA(ALT)), presided over the board consisting of Mr. Craig Spisak, Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) and the 12 program executive officers and/or deputy program executive officers. This was the fourth year for the product director centralized selection board and the third year for the project director centralized selection board. The board approved eight (8) Product Director and five (5) […]

On target

On target

Experts at ARL are looking deep into the science of the future battlespace and trying to answer questions that have no simple answers, such as how to deliver the power of a tank without a tank.  by Dr. Frank Fresconi, Dr. Scott Schoenfeld  and Dan Rusin, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.) The notion of winning in a complex world requires envisioning a battlefield that is so complex and multidimensional that, more often than not, it’s referred to as a battlespace. With good reason: The kind of warfare that the Army must prepare for, and for which experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, are developing […]