The Promise of Pads

The Promise of Pads

Research into new materials may change shape, efficiency of combat helmet pads to offer stronger defense against shock waves By T’Jae Gibson, ARL Public Affairs Office New Army studies of the padding inside combat helmets are expected to reveal new insights on ways to prevent shock waves from a detonated improvised explosive device, for example, from damaging Soldiers’ brains. Army scientists say not enough information exists to determine the degree to which shock waves move past combat helmets’ outer shells and padding, and through the human skull. So while research is underway to understand that, ARL is also investigating the relationship between blast waves and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Thomas […]

ECBC’s latest technologies displayed at Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase

ECBC’s latest technologies displayed at Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase

Detection, protection decontamination and elimination areas of focus for workforce, stakeholders ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – More than a thousand people attended the first Team CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) Capabilities Showcase Aug. 5-6 at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Congressional stakeholders, industry partners and government personnel attended the two-day event to learn more about how Team CBRNE is becoming the nation’s center of excellence for defense efforts that counter threats of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “The Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase is a great way for our scientists and engineers to engage with their peers and potential business partners on some of the most […]

New synthetic bones help Army scientists get closer to new ‘brain’ defenses against blast waves

New synthetic bones help Army scientists get closer to new ‘brain’ defenses against blast waves

By T’Jae Gibson Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain. Exactly how, and to what degree, these waves cause brain damage is what the U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists and engineers and a group of university partners are trying to answer as part of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research project. That research is the focus of the latest episode of “Inside the Lab,” an ARL-produced feature news broadcast. But in a related research project, Army researchers are investigating new material development for […]

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

Collaborative partnership yields new pay system

By Amanda Koons   Work on the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A), the Army’s new web-based personnel and pay solution, has been enhanced by an effective partnership between acquisition and functional professionals. The Army currently relies on more than 40 stove-piped personnel and pay systems that do not efficiently share information with one another. Once fully fielded, the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) will offer human resources (HR) professionals, leaders and Soldiers a self-service, common access card-enabled Web portal that will be a one-stop-shop for personnel and pay information. IPPS-A will ensure that Soldiers and their families receive correct pay, accurate credit for service […]

Under Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp civilian career management

Under Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp civilian career management

By Audra Calloway During a two-day session at the Pentagon last month, approximately 30 members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) gathered to discuss how to improve civilian career development. Army Under Secretary Brad R. Carson hosted the event, which was meant to help shape policy changes regarding how the Army hires, trains, develops, and sustains its civilian workforce. “Many civilians are expected to come to their jobs with the requisite skills and do not always receive the necessary training to advance their talents and careers,” said Scott Rowell, Civilian Workforce Transformation Integrator. “This is different from Soldiers, who know that the Army has a standardized system to help them […]

August Army DACM Office Hot Topics

August Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: Expanding the use of of the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In 2003, the Army Director Acquisition Career Management (DACM) developed a new tool to manage the talent of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAWF): the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation. The SRPE was designed to evaluate the potential of designated civilian employees to perform in positions of increased responsibility. In contrast to existing personnel appraisal systems, the SRPE predicts potential future performance; while the Total Army Personnel Evaluation System (TAPES) and the various personnel demonstration projects evaluate current performance and contributions to the mission. The SRPE has been a valuable resource for managing the talent of the AAWF. […]

The ‘OTHER’ Acquisition Phase

The ‘OTHER’  Acquisition Phase

Focusing on better buying power and value engineering efforts By Lt. Col. Elliott R. Caggins, Mr. Jason R. Middleton and Maj. Demond J. Merrick The vast majority of the acquisition workforce has a great understanding of the life-cycle management process, including designing, developing, procuring, producing, fielding and sustaining military equipment. The defense acquisition life-cycle model goes into great detail on the operations and support phase, but it barely covers the cycle’s end—divestiture. In fact, the Defense Acquisition University’s life-cycle management chart simply lists divestiture as “disposal,” even though it’s much more than that. With its focus on life-cycle phases from design to sustainment, formal acquisition training often neglects disposal, which […]

‘Piece’ of Mind

‘Piece’ of Mind

By T’Jae Gibson A team of researchers from the Army Research Laboratory and a number of universities are taking a physics-based approach to understanding traumatic brain injuries. They’re partnering with military medical experts like those at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and others to understand the relationship between blast events – like explosions after an IED detonates – and brain injury. In this episode of Inside the Lab, ARL explores unique research approaches to understand how traumatic brain injuries occur, the challenges in detecting and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries and the obstacles Army and university researchers are attempting to overcome to find protection solutions to mitigate the effects […]

Army simulates battlefield environment in labs to prepare for cyber threats

Army simulates battlefield environment in labs to prepare for cyber threats

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T and Matthew C. McVey, SoSE&I ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 4, 2014) — As new technologies are introduced into the Army’s network, they are evaluated during semi-annual, Soldier-driven operational exercises in the mountains and desert of Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Though the Soldier-executed test is the focus of these Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs), the overall success of the effort rests heavily on lab-based planning and integration testing back at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., where months of risk reduction activities and evaluations are conducted prior to the operational event. After all, if the capability doesn’t work in the lab, it’s not […]

Many tasks, one tool

Many tasks, one tool

PM CCS seeks maximum efficiency, affordability with consolidated contractor logistics support by Mr. Raymond W. Chin and Col. Richard J. Hornstein As materiel developers, acquisition program executive officers (PEOs) and project managers (PMs) must consider all aspects of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) before the Army enterprise can fully institutionalize a capability. Over the past 12-plus years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has successfully developed materiel solutions and pushed them out to the force, using agile acquisition processes to meet the needs of combatant commanders. However, the full set of DOTMLPF considerations often failed to align with the deployment of the “M”—materiel—and […]