Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

ARDEC and JMC worked together to develop an ammunition standard that reduces ambiguity, ensures quality and safety for Soldiers and promotes competition by making the procurement process more transparent for all stakeholders. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward If the goal is to get more small businesses competing for government contracts, the government has several levers to pull to make that happen. One option is to make it easier for small businesses to compete—or, put another way, to level the playing field so that it’s no harder for small businesses to play. Clarifying requirements can foster competition and provide an opening for small businesses to enter a marketplace, whether used alone […]

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

by Justine Barati CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — On March 7, 2015, the Acting Secretary of the Army, Patrick J. Murphy, designated Letterkenny Munitions Center, on Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Army Tactical Missile Systems; Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems; and Low-Cost, Reduced-Range, Practice-Rocket Missile Maintenance. This designation identifies LEMC as the Army’s premier center for missile maintenance. Through this designation, LEMC will now be able to enter into public-private partnerships to perform additional missile maintenance work. In the memo authorizing the CITE designation for LEMC, Murphy states that “LEMC possesses the subject matter expertise in missile maintenance for the… Army missile […]

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Radar detectors signaling speeding motorists of police presence are about to get a run for their money, as the Army is developing innovative radar technology that could someday be common practice for users wanting to mask their radar emissions. Over the past several years, the threat of being compromised has become an increasing issue for Soldiers in theater. The need to preserve radar system performance while operating in both a contested (adversarial attack) and congested (high traffic) radio frequency environment has presented a significant challenge to radar system designers. These challenges led the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development […]

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission Installation and Contracting Command, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TITLE: Administrative officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, Franklin University; A.A.S. in business administration with a concentration in banking and finance, Fayetteville Technical Community College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Employee of the Quarter Award; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee of the Quarter Award Military spouse changes roles by Susan L. Follett “This time, he followed me.” That’s how Travia Rowe, administrative officer for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) and Army spouse, ended up in her current position—administrative officer with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade […]

DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS  SUCCESS

With AMC accounting for more than half of the Army’s total small business awards, its Offices of Small Business Programs use numerous approaches to set the stage for success in changing—and challenging—times. by Ms. Beth Scherr The numbers may not tell the whole story, but they do say a lot. In FY15, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) surpassed all its assigned goals for total contract awards to small businesses and to the various socioeconomic small business programs. AMC’s accomplishments in FY14 allowed both DA and DOD to exceed their goals for the first time. In FY15, AMC awarded over $9.2 billion in 63,039 contract […]

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook will allow it to serve until the 2060s by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army plans to fly its Vietnam-era workhorse CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter for 100 years by continuously upgrading the platform through a series of ongoing technological adjustments designed to improve lift, weight, avionics and cargo handling, among other things. The Army goal is to allow the helicopter, which was first produced in the early 1960s, to serve all the way into the 2060s – allowing the aircraft service life to span an entire century. “Our primary goal is maintaining the CH-47F’s relevance to the warfighter,” Lt. Col. Ricard Bratt said in a […]

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 10, 2016) – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected a total of eight candidates for reclassification. USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Charles Prihoda Staff Sgt. Tyshaun Carter Staff Sgt. Frances Gaskins Sgt. Dawn Johnson Staff Sgt. William Greenier Sgt. Tianna Proctor Sgt. Krystal Frank Sgt. Debra Stokes This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “This was by far our most competitive board to date, making the decision tough for the board members to […]

‘Should’ Does

‘Should’ Does

Five years after its introduction, will-cost/ should-cost has proved its value as a tool for boosting productivity and affordability in ­acquisition programs—more so in some ­circumstances than others. The question now is how to further that success. by Mr. Michael E. Lebrun and Mr. Dale N. Fletcher The evidence is in: The Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative known as “will-cost/should-cost management” has resulted, as intended, in improving cost and schedule performance of DOD acquisition programs. Because should-cost is a success, it makes sense to ask what parts are working and why, so that the success can be duplicated. Dr. Ashton B. Carter, then the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

by Mrs. Jacqueline Boucher (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Employees here introduced several innovative ideas for streamlining assembly processes on the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) system’s power distribution unit (PDU) saving time and money. Simplified cabling and alternate step-by-step procedures, proposed by subject matter experts in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate’s Tactical Systems Cable Branch, shaved 6.5 hours off the assembly process. The projected savings based on scheduled workload is more than $81,000 over the next 14 months. LCMRs backtrack incoming mortar, rocket and artillery rounds, enabling quick countermeasures “This was accomplished through many internal efficiencies implemented throughout the shop,” said Eugene Golembeski, branch chief. “I can’t […]

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

By Sgt. Devon Bistarkey (PEO C3T) JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army’s predominate friendly-force tracking tool known as Blue Force Tracker (BFT), used by nearly every ground and aviation vehicle across the fleet, could soon be part of a satellite channel sharing initiative. Currently, BFT-1 and BFT-2 systems utilize unique satellite channels to send and receive Position Location Information (PLI) and Command and Control (C2) data which allows commanders to visualize assets within the operational sphere. While this is operationally effective, it comes with significant costs. Validation from single beam testing offers a forward-thinking solution. On Jan 27, the Army conducted a channel sharing aviation mobility operational test at […]