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 […]

Faces of the Force: Lindsey Miller

Faces of the Force: Lindsey Miller

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center TITLE: Project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in facilities engineering and program management EDUCATION: M.S. in management and human resource management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in business management and human resource management, Athens State University; associate degree in business management and accounting, John C. Calhoun Community College AWARDS: Special acts and performance awards (18) Be a sponge, and listen to your grandmother By Susan L. Follett “I’ll be honest: I had no idea at the age of 18 what I was getting myself into.” Fortunately, things worked out well for Lindsey Miller, who parlayed a high […]

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I FORT BLISS, Texas (February 27, 2017) — The U.S. Army Forces Command, or FORSCOM, recently hosted a Command Post Huddle, designed to generate discussions among key Army leaders to help standardize command post requirements. During the event, FORSCOM’s commanding general, Gen. Robert Abrams, stressed that the Army must act now to insert innovation into command post designs because “the world we’re going to fight in the future is not the same as we’ve been fighting the past 15 years,” and that today’s commands posts must be “more effective, lethal, and survivable.” The attendees toured several command post configurations on display Fort Bliss, Texas, for the event, […]

RAMBO’S Premiere

RAMBO’S Premiere

A first for ARDEC: Researchers fire 3-D printed ammo out of a 3-D printed grenade launcher. by Mr. Seung kook “Sunny” Burns and Mr. James Zunino Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3-D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way. This demonstration shows that additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3-D printing) has a potential future in weapon prototype development, which could allow engineers to provide munitions to Soldiers more quickly. The printed grenade launcher, named RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), was the culmination of six months of collaborative effort by the […]

Army poised to explore, advance cross-domain capabilities with state-of-the-art hangar

Army poised to explore, advance cross-domain capabilities with state-of-the-art hangar

Mr. Edric V Thompson (CERDEC) ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army celebrated a ribbon cutting for a new research and development aircraft hangar at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Feb. 10. The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, moved its Flight Activity, the CFA, from a 74-year-old WWII hangar into a modern facility. Elected officials, appointees, former employees and senior leaders from across Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Army Science and Technology community were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting. “We must analyze capability gaps and implement solutions faster than our adversaries. This multimillion dollar facility is an Army strategic investment that will significantly […]

Faces of the Force: Timothy White

Faces of the Force: Timothy White

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Software Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Computer engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering with a concentration in systems engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville; B.S. in computer engineering, Jackson State University AWARDS: Software Engineering Directorate’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award Maximizing the advantages of a STEM education By Susan L. Follett “Changing the world, one line of code at a time.” That’s one way that Timothy White, a computer engineer, thinks of the work he does for the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) within the […]

X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Imagine trying to create a picture of the internet. Even if you could, it’d be out of date in seconds. Trying to visualize the cyber battlefield is roughly like that—and that’s just the beginning of planning and executing mission command for Army cyber operations. These aren’t just hard problems, they’re ‘DARPA hard.’ by Lt. Col. John Bushman, Mr. Jack Dillon, Mr. Michael Padden and Mr. Frank Pound Portraying maneuver warfare in the cyber domain is a difficult thing to do. After all, how can you show maneuver in cyberspace? There are no tangible flanks to defend, no rivers to cross and no visible military camps to target or avoid. But […]

Faces of the Force: Cecil Moore

Faces of the Force: Cecil Moore

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe TITLE: Logistics management specialist, fielding integrator YEARS IN WORKFORCE: 11 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 26 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in acquisition and program management EDUCATION: Manpower and force management studies, Logistics Management College; German studies certification, University of Maryland University College Europe; currently pursuing an M.A. in international human relations at University of Oklahoma AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal, Civilian Service Commendation Medal, Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO Medal Leveraging active-duty experience to field the force By Susan L. Follett Over the course of his 26-year active-duty […]

A Glimpse From Above

A Glimpse From Above

OSD Logistics Fellows take on staff assignments and training in a collaborative learning program that allows participants to view the DOD enterprise logistics community from the highest level. by Mr. Bryan L. Jerkatis A friend and retired U.S. Air Force command chief often used an analogy with young troops to describe the differences between their worldviews and those of their leadership. “Your view of the ground [truth] depends upon the height of the branch in the tree upon which you are standing,” he would say. Similarly, the parable of “The Blind Men and the Elephant” teaches us that seeing only one side of something poses limitations. Both are also true […]

Keeping Contracts from Crashing

Keeping Contracts from Crashing

When reality strikes in contract administration for Army helicopters, DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft – Stratford fills in the gaps with real-time information and critical multifunctional expertise. by Maj. Rob Massey and Staff Sgt. Daniel Martin In every contracting course and every contracting office, you hear a familiar sentiment: “The perfect contract is just a modification away.” Yet even after incorporating that modification, circumstances and events inevitably will require input and intervention from the organization charged to administer the contract. Enter the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), an organization responsible for providing contract management support to some of the most complicated contracts across DOD. A case study is the Army’s contract for […]