Army Acquisition FY17 Product and Project Director Slating Results

Army Acquisition FY17 Product and Project Director Slating Results

By Norm Hilton FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 16, 2017) – A Talent Management Board of Directors convened Feb. 24 to slate 16 positions for the newly selected product and project directors announced in February. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board, which included Craig Spisak, deputy Army DACM, and the 12 program executive officers and deputy program executive officers. This was the third year for the product director centralized selection board and the second year for the project director centralized selection board. The board approved 15 product director positions and one project director position to be filled this summer. The standard tenure […]

Learning to Take the Lead

Learning to Take the Lead

A new class of DAU Senior Service College Fellowship graduates in May, fresh from an intense, 10-month look at the whole Army and what’s at stake for acquisition leaders. by James R. Oman, Col., USA (Ret.) For the past 10 years, Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU ) Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) has provided civilian acquisition professionals with leadership education that, before the inception of the fellowship, had only been available to military personnel. SSCF traces its beginnings to 2005, when the late Hon. Claude M. Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), and Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., principal military deputy to the […]

Need a LFT?

Need a LFT?

PEO Ammunition and ARDEC have a patent-pending and cost-effective way to LFT the 155 mm high-explosive round for increased anti-materiel performance by Mr. Paul Manz In an attempt to partially mitigate the capability gap resulting from DOD’s policy on cluster munitions—which mandates a significant reduction in the amount of potential unexploded ordnance they leave on the battlefield by 2019—a trio of technical professionals at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, faced the challenge of eking out increased performance from existing 155 mm high-explosive unitary munitions without breaking the bank. The policy-driven loss of most U.S. cluster munitions impacts all Army and Marine Corps dual-purpose improved conventional munitions (DPICMs) used by the Army […]

Then & Now: Nobody, Take the Wheel!

Then & Now: Nobody, Take the Wheel!

1971, 1988, 2017: Nearly 50 years ago, Army began tinkering with driverless vehicles. By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Almost every day we hear or read about advances in transportation technology—from flying drones delivering packages over long distances, pilotless airplanes buzzing the skies, and driverless vehicles traveling across the country at 60 mph with a human “monitor” to be used only in case of emergency. Vehicle manufacturers and large tech corporations around the globe are researching, developing and testing partially autonomous vehicles arrayed with cameras, lidar [light detection and ranging, a method of navigating by tracking light pulses], radar and GPS that would safely navigate, avoid obstacles and obey traffic signs. […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Mireille Pincay-Rodrigues

Faces of the Force: Ms. Mireille Pincay-Rodrigues

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Project management officer, project officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 25 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management and B.S. in mechanical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Helping to provide nonlethal capabilities By Susan L. Follett Project Management Officer Mireille Pincay-Rodrigues, assigned to the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS) within the Program Executive Office for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the project lead for the M104 Nonlethal Bursting Hand Grenade, a critical […]

Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers view live-stream full-motion video from unmanned aerial vehicles via a smartphone. They access 3D digital maps to send precision target coordinates. Soldiers are relying on these advanced technologies to improve lethality and maintain battlefield dominance. These are among the improvements that will be embedded in future fire-support capabilities. The Army has started testing four upgraded systems for its Field Artillery units to provide more accurate and timely fire support to maneuver formations. Fielding is scheduled to begin in fall 2017. “These improved capabilities allow us to be lighter, faster and more lethal by optimizing the sensor-to-shooter digital chain,” […]

Technically Speaking: You’re Saying What?

Technically Speaking: You’re Saying What?

Writing in plain language saves time and money while earning trust from taxpayers, Soldiers and businesses. Plus, it’s the law. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward Writing in plain language is: (a) Easy: Say what you mean to say. Type. Proofread. Run spell check. Hit “send.” (b) Hard: Choose from among the 171,476 words (according to the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition) of the English language and arrange them according to seemingly arcane rules. (c) Your duty: Government regulations require you to explain what you spend the taxpayers’ money on and why, and an explanation that the taxpayer can’t understand doesn’t count. (d) The law of the land since the passage […]

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Autonomous control of routine, time-consuming tasks could free up commanders to concentrate on more difficult decisions. by Mr. James Hennig, Dr. Peter Schwartz and Ms. Kathryn Bailey When the fight commences, the commander shifts the military decision-making process into high gear. While the commander’s years of experience often dictate the pace of this process, even the most battle-hardened leaders must operate within the confines of the human brain’s cognitive capabilities. What if technology could automate routine, time-consuming tasks to shave minutes, or even hours, off the decision-making process? DOD thinks it can and is evaluating overarching concepts that would incorporate autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI) into its future combat […]

March 2017 Hot Topics

March 2017 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The results of the FY17 Civilian Product Director and Project Director Board are coming soon! The Talent Management Board of Directors met Feb. 24 and recommended the FY17 product director (GS-14) and FY17 project director (GS-15) slate for approval by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Tentative slating is scheduled for release in mid-March. There are 15 product director positions and one project director position for FY17. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is rolling out a new and improved .mil portal with a new look and feel. It will be released in three phases: Phase I was launched in February, Phase II will be launched […]

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

PM CCS is using robots to detect, mark and neutralize explosive hazards while keeping Soldiers at a safe distance. by Maj. Lendrick James and Mr. Kwai-Fung Chan Searching for explosive hazards with handheld mine detectors can be both physically and mentally taxing. Explosive hazards can be buried underground, laid on the ground or placed flush with the ground’s surface. There are a variety of techniques to emplace them, including scattering the devices on the ground or delivering them by vehicles or helicopters. The Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), within the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, has partnered with Carnegie Robotics LLC, a cutting-edge manufacturer of advanced robotic […]