USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

David R. Williamson

David R. Williamson

UNIT: Product Manager Waveforms, Project Manager Joint Tactical Networks (PM JTN), Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical TITLE: Product Manager, Waveforms, PM JTN AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 46 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal; Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Medal; Special Act Service Award (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal (3); Meritorious Service Medal (5); Overseas Service Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Cold War Service Certificate. EDUCATION: M.S., national resource strategy, Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.A. in business and M.A. in […]

Promises to keep

Promises to keep

Lasting bonds based on trust, respect and confidence are the foundation of the future By Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Director Acquisition Career Management Ninety days have passed since I assumed my duties and responsibilities as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the director of acquisition career management. I am humbled by this great honor, and especially appreciate the opportunity to serve again with the Hon. Heidi Shyu. I am also grateful for the ability to work with the first-rate professionals of the Army AL&T Workforce, whose dedication to duty and commitment to excellence are without equal. Most […]

Bryon J. Young

Bryon J. Young

UNIT: Army Contracting Command POSITION: Executive director, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) AAC MEMBER SINCE: 1993 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 38 AWARDS: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2); Meritorious Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (2); Army Achievement Medal EDUCATION: M.S. in business administration, Boston University; B.A. in anthropology (magna cum laude), University of Delaware   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As a supervisory contracting official and principal assistant responsible for contracting (PARC), I ensure that the warfighter receives the equipment and services necessary to be dominant on the battlefield. A warfighter is […]

Exchanging Perspectives

Exchanging Perspectives

Training with Industry program brings best practices from private sector to Army acquisition By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Sometimes the best way to further an Army acquisition career is to get out of the Army—but just briefly. The Training with Industry (TWI) program is helping Army acquisition officers do just that, providing competitively selected officers with extensive, hands-on exposure to managerial techniques and industrial procedures at 10 companies across the United States, including Amazon.com Inc., Intel Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. “Performing well in your job and demonstrating you can do this consistently over time in all of your [acquisition] assignments will best posture an officer to progress,” said Lt. Col. […]

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

POSITION: Chief Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering and Technical Integration Division UNIT: Program Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2002, 2013); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2000 and 2001) EDUCATION: B.S. in engineering, Polytechnic University; MBA, Monmouth University; Army Management Staff College   Thanks, Mr. Stampp By Susan Follett Chief Systems Engineer Doug Wong traces his interest in science and engineering back some 30-plus years, to his sixth-grade science teacher. “His name was Robert Stampp and he’s the first teacher who got me interested in finding out how things work,” said Wong. “He taught us the basics, […]

All Together Now

All Together Now

Tactical Network training before more holistic and more versatile with every capability set fielding By Maj. Jonathan Swan, Capt. Keith Jordan and Mr. Larry Spence When fielding complex new equipment to a unit, there’s only one chance to get it right. If the training is off—in content, timing or audience—the unit can end up worse than it was without the new gear. To get the most out of the Army’s advanced communications network, Soldiers need to understand how to fully employ their systems to satisfy their mission requirements, and how to maximize system capability as part of a holistic network that spans the entire force. As the Army fields its […]

The Promise of Pads

The Promise of Pads

Research into new materials may change shape, efficiency of combat helmet pads to offer stronger defense against shock waves By T’Jae Gibson, ARL Public Affairs Office New Army studies of the padding inside combat helmets are expected to reveal new insights on ways to prevent shock waves from a detonated improvised explosive device, for example, from damaging Soldiers’ brains. Army scientists say not enough information exists to determine the degree to which shock waves move past combat helmets’ outer shells and padding, and through the human skull. So while research is underway to understand that, ARL is also investigating the relationship between blast waves and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Thomas […]

ECBC’s latest technologies displayed at Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase

ECBC’s latest technologies displayed at Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase

Detection, protection decontamination and elimination areas of focus for workforce, stakeholders ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – More than a thousand people attended the first Team CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) Capabilities Showcase Aug. 5-6 at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Congressional stakeholders, industry partners and government personnel attended the two-day event to learn more about how Team CBRNE is becoming the nation’s center of excellence for defense efforts that counter threats of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “The Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase is a great way for our scientists and engineers to engage with their peers and potential business partners on some of the most […]

New synthetic bones help Army scientists get closer to new ‘brain’ defenses against blast waves

New synthetic bones help Army scientists get closer to new ‘brain’ defenses against blast waves

By T’Jae Gibson Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain. Exactly how, and to what degree, these waves cause brain damage is what the U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists and engineers and a group of university partners are trying to answer as part of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research project. That research is the focus of the latest episode of “Inside the Lab,” an ARL-produced feature news broadcast. But in a related research project, Army researchers are investigating new material development for […]