Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

By Kathryn Bailey, staff writer, Project Manager Mission Command ABERDEEN, Md. (June 22, 2015) – A quick check of the day’s weather forecast helps people decide if they should grab a jacket or umbrella before heading out for the day. However, temperature and precipitation predictions are just two of the weather elements that military fire support personnel must check to ensure they conduct an accurate fires mission. “Most people are not concerned if rain only falls into the upper atmosphere or if the wind or humidity shifts slightly throughout the day,” said Michael Strauss, an assistant product manager for Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2), assigned to Project Manager Mission […]

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

POSITION AND UNIT: Force Project and Sustainment Portfolio Lead; Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 12 AWARDS: 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Lessons Learned EDUCATION: M.S. in systems engineering in material science; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in chemical engineering and B.S. in chemical engineering, Tufts University Swapping a lab coat for a spreadsheet By Susan L. Follett Chenxi Dong-O’Malley began her Army civilian career a dozen years ago, working on protective clothing and equipment for Soldiers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). “Most people are unaware of the amount of technology development that’s behind the […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – A reclassification board held here earlier this month selected 12 candidates for accession into the 51C military occupational specialty (MOS)—the second and final board of the fiscal year resulted in a nine percent selection rate. The 51C MOS is an acquisition, logistics and technology contracting specialty for noncommissioned officers (NCOs). “The competition among applicants continues to be very strong,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, Chief 51C proponent NCO. “The quality of NCOs we have in the Army who are competing for these contracting positions makes it tough for the board members—but that’s a good thing.” The number of selected applicants varies across each board […]

Finding Closure

Finding Closure

Rock Island contract closeout team returns more than $320 million to customers, capturing lessons learned from 13 years of contracting in Southwest Asia. By Mr. Jake Adrian and Ms. Andrea Kalb On a daily basis, the Reachback Contract Closeout Team is effectively closing chapter after chapter of the long story that comprises the past 13 years of war in Southwest Asia. This team, located at Army Contracting Command – Rock Island, IL (ACC-RI), a subordinate organization of U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Army Contracting Command created in 2010 to process and close out approximately 220,000 fixed-price contracts awarded in Iraq and Afghanistan, has removed more than $321 million and counting from contracts to […]

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

Army Acquisition Workforce Invited to Tell How They Honor the Oath through “AAWHonorsTheOath”

By Ms. Karen Kurtz, ASA(ALT) Strategic Communications WASHINGTON (June 2, 2015) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and Director, Acquisition Career Management, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, today said that he wants to hear from military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Corps and greater Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) about how they honor the oath of office each day. “Whether military or civilian, we all began our careers by taking an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.” Williamson said. “I want to hear from our acquisition professionals about how they honor the oath of office […]

Faces of the Force: David Cook

Faces of the Force: David Cook

POSITION AND UNIT: Industrial Engineer in the Program Evaluation Division, Program Management Directorate of the Lower Tier Project Office; Program Executive Office Missiles and Space TOTAL YEARS SERVICE: 32 AWARDS: The 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Army Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Innovation EDUCATION: M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Alabama; M.S. in wood science and technology and B.S. in forestry, Mississippi State University A subset of one By Susan L. Follett It’s likely that the subset of people with master’s degrees in forestry and wood utilization sciences who work in defense acquisition is very small in number. And it’s possible that it’s a subset of just one: […]

Testing, Tested

Testing, Tested

USAOTC looks to streamline testing and get new products to Soldiers in less time and at a lower cost By CPT Lev L. Mazères Every test effort faces its own set of challenges—the Air Soldier System (Air SS) included—but through creative problem-solving, a team from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) delivered a thorough operational test (OT) that has positioned the evaluation effort for success as the Air SS Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team prepares for an initial operational test (IOT) in late summer 2015. USAOTC executed a series of test events over the course of two months last summer, in support of Product Manager (PdM) Air […]

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

By David Vergun WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2015) — Global Combat Support System-Army, or GCSS-Army, “is clearly the game-changer in logistics,” said Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, announcing that the “second wave” of GCSS-Army, which launched in January, is in full swing. Perna, deputy chief of staff, G-4, delivered opening remarks for the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare-sponsored Hot Topics: “Strategic Sustainment for a Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army.” GCSS-Army will increase better buying power, he said, as well as produce more timely, precise and effective information needed by the warfighter to move, track, maintain and account for equipment and supplies. Once […]

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 4, 2015) — Members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW) can access updated career news and information in the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter published by the director, acquisition career management (DACM). Produced by the Army DACM Office since 2012, the publication highlights current career news, development opportunities, new offerings, policy changes and updates relevant to the AAW. “We are really focused on supporting the workforce by serving as their one-stop shop for everything career-related,” said Diane Murtha, concept and policy development chief in the Army DACM Office. “This newsletter is a primary vehicle for us to provide regular news and information […]

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T staff writer MCLEAN, Va. (June 3, 2015) — Recognizing that cyber threats demand new approaches to acquisition and requirements, the Army is establishing a holistic effort up front as it addresses emerging challenges and operationalizes the cyber domain. The Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day, held on May 28 in McLean, Va., emphasized this collective tactic by bringing in industry and academia to meet with representatives from the Army cyber community to discuss requirements, expected funding profiles, the creation of a Cyber Innovation Challenge, and the possible establishment of a cyber consortium. Presenters also laid out the current cyber environment and emerging cyber gaps. “In cyberspace […]