DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

By Sara Moore, Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Defense Logistics Agency launched a newly consolidated website Feb. 26 used to find and request Commercial and Government Entity codes, the five-digit identifiers required for all commercial companies that wish to do business with the U.S. government. The “CAGE Public” website, https://cage.dla.mil, provides a unified solution for searching CAGE codes, requesting a new or updating an existing code, and finding required forms, news, training and frequently asked questions. The new website also includes CAGE Search and Inquiry, dubbed CSI, which replaces the Business Identification Number Cross-Referencing System website. This represents a big shift from the past, when […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

POSITION AND UNIT: Product lead, Defense-Wide Transmission Systems, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ed. D. in organizational leadership, Argosy University; M.A.in computer resource and information management, Webster University; B.A.in business management, St. John’s University AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service […]

March 2016 Hot Topics

March 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) FY17 Plan is open until May 15. DAU’s Mission Assistance can help you prepare for the future to keep your acquisitions on track – offering help through Acquisition Workshops, Consulting Services, and Individual Focus. Visit their website to learn more on how they can help you. Have a question about your career? IDP? SRPE? Ask Ellie! The first virtual acquisition career guide, Ellie, is an avatar that will be able to help you navigate questions regarding acquisition career management. This marks Ellie’s initial appearance–she will continue to evolve, but in this first phase, we encourage you to interact […]

Strength in (small) numbers

Strength in (small) numbers

The high-tech Army is creating opportunities as small businesses play an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network, and sensible use of the SBIR program is a strong reason why. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s no secret that big business dominates the battlefield. Yet, as the Army turns its focus to an agile force, able to deploy on short notice to locations anywhere in the world—all while staying connected with uninterrupted mission command and situational awareness—small businesses are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network. They may not be as big as some of today’s industry giants, but in an ever-evolving high-tech Army, […]

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Feb. 25, 2016) — Even with today’s advanced military networked communications systems, the simple ability to make voice calls or track logistics forces while operating in the vast Pacific Theater is challenging. Recently, Soldiers onboard an Army Logistics Supply Vessel (LSV) in Hawaii took a leap forward when they used equipment that enabled seamless communication with land units 200 miles away — enabling the transfer of data, images and clear voice communications. Working in collaboration, the Army and Navy demonstrated, Feb. 18, at Fort Shafter, how an integrated suite of network technology can effectively provide communications for Joint users throughout the Pacific Theater. Using the Army’s Manpack […]

USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Three candidates from the Army Reserve were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) virtual reclassification panel held on Jan. 11-14, 2016. The panel was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the Reserve Component Proponent Office. The number of selected applicants varies across each panel and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time. The selection rate for this panel was 33 percent. “The Army Reserve is committed to ensuring that we have the best candidates for our contracting community to deploy globally,” said Lt. […]

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

by Kristen Kushiyama ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Almost every communications device issued by the U.S. Army has some level of encryption capability to help prevent sensitive military information from falling into the wrong hands. Encryption capabilities are traditionally developed during the communications devices’ development, which leads to numerous cryptographic engine cores. These cryptographic engine cores securely process key product information for sender authentication and confidentiality, integrity and non-repudiation of messages. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is leading the Army’s technology program to decrease the number and variety of cryptographic engine cores by developing a universal encryptor, which will be a common […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

by Michael Clow (ASA (ALT)) WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 22, 2016) — Leaders from the Joint Project Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO JLTV) celebrated receiving DOD’s David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence for 2015 during a Pentagon ceremony last week–the team’s second such award in just three years. The JLTV program is an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps to replace a portion of each service’s light tactical vehicle fleets. The new truck will close existing capability gaps caused by an imbalance of payload, performance and protection, while giving Soldiers and Marines enhanced protection and improved maneuverability, transportability, maintainability and connectivity to 21st-century battlefield networks. “I am […]

Small Business Island

Small Business Island

Short of qualified small businesses, the 413th CSB expanded its outreach, data collection and sharing to find ones that could meet its mission. by Col. Kevin M. Nash When it comes to the Army meeting its small business goals, small businesses have their own demographic and every region is different in terms of the numbers of qualified small businesses. That may be most problematic when the region is Hawaii, as the 413th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) has discovered. The 413th CSB, one of six CSBs of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC), supports U.S. Army Pacific. The 413th CSB provides garrison and expeditionary contracting to Army units and joint […]

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

by Vanessa Flores FORT BLISS, Texas (February 18, 2016) — As the next generation of vehicles are being built to facilitate Army modernization, the next generation of future engineers are setting the foundation for their potential career paths. El Paso high school students have been visiting the System of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate’s Integration Motor Pool (IMP) at Fort Bliss, Texas during preparation for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 exercise this spring. The Capability Package Directorate, which provides engineering and systems integration support for the Army’s semi-annual NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment events, is now building the network and integrating equipment for the Soldier-led […]