TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year

TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year

By Steve Stark Have you ever thought of trading in your ACUs for a business suit for a few months or maybe a year? This might just be your chance: the Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) program places up to10 acquisition professionals—majors and lieutenant colonels—with some of the top companies in the world: Intel, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Airbus, Amazon and many more. It’s more than just a wardrobe change: it’s a chance to get a career-broadening experience that can’t be obtained through the military or civilian university system. For Lt. Col. Mark Henderson, who is ending a year working with Cisco Systems, “It’s been a unique opportunity to walk a mile […]

Network Forensics makes an impact at the Army’s NIE

Network Forensics makes an impact at the Army’s NIE

A potent mix of software and methodologies borrowed from civilian industry makes a tremendous impact for the Army’s large-scale technology evaluation By Ray K. Ragan FORT BLISS, Texas – The Army’s semi-annual, large-scale Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) saw the technology of network forensics make an impact at NIE 14.2, the latest NIE, which concluded earlier this month. The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG) traditionally provides expertise in instrumentation for technology-based systems and is the Army’s designated tester for C4ISR systems, as part of the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). USAEPG supported the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, under ATEC, during this latest NIE. This year, in addition to […]

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

FORT BLISS, Texas (June 13, 2014) — The Army is introducing the power of 4G to the battlefield, providing coverage that stretches across a forward operating base so Soldiers can access mission information from their smartphones, not their desks. The 4G LTE infrastructure is part of a new collection of advanced commercial technologies, including coalition and first responder capabilities and Wi-Fi for command posts, that answer Soldiers’ demands for tactical network systems delivering increased bandwidth and enhanced capabilities in smaller packages. “Soldiers and commanders in tactical operations centers need more bandwidth for data intensive tasks like sending large PowerPoint files, maps, and full motion video,” said Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, […]

Clause For Effect

Clause For Effect

ARDEC and JMC aim to simplify procurement and reduce cost of conventional ammo with new contract clause   By Mr. Steve Stark   The U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) in the next few months will begin a pilot of a contract clause that should allow for a uniform, integrated approach to help conventional ammunition suppliers comply with acceptance inspection equipment (AIE) requirements while encouraging them to follow commercial best practices. “Inspection is essential to any manufacturing system. It’s the means of identifying and rejecting nonconformities, thus ensuring that only conforming product gets to the warfighter,” said Jennifer Herrera, a quality […]

Evolving Innovation

Evolving Innovation

A new look at fostering cutting-edge thinking in Army science and technology   By Lt. Col. Joel Dillon, Dr. Jason Augustyn, Ms. Julia Kim and Mr. Dominic Ju   Science and technology (S&T) innovation is an uncertain road, with “failure” often a step on the path to a breakthrough. However, in a resource-constrained environment, planners must make the smartest possible investments of taxpayer money in S&T programs, balancing risk with the potential for transformational new capabilities. A good place to start striking this balance is at the “fuzzy front end” of innovation, the initial period of exploration preceding the development of new materiel solutions. For many years, the acquisition community […]

A program for our emerging leaders

A program for our emerging leaders

Are you in a GS-7 to 11 (or broadband equivalent) acquisition position and believe you have what it takes to be a future leader? Perhaps the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) is for you. DCELP is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet DOD’s future leadership needs. DCELP is the newest program in the three-fold DOD executive development continuum. Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) builds upon the leadership foundations learned during DCELP for those in GS-12 to 14 positions. The top of the DOD spectrum is the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), for GS-14 and 15s who want or need […]

Getting a Fix on the Future

Getting a Fix on the Future

Even as it closes the books on the longest war in U.S. history, the Army must plan, in difficult circumstances, for what is to come   By Ms. Margaret C. Roth   As the Army draws down to what could be its smallest size in nearly three-quarters of a century, the focus is squarely on the future. So, what does the Army need to do today to get where it wants to be 30 years from now? In a word: Plan. But it’s more complicated than it sounds. A year and a half ago, the Army initiated a new strategic modernization planning process that combines a detailed analysis of investments […]

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark Talbot   POSITION: Product Manager, Indirect Fire Protection Capability, Increment 2-Intercept UNIT: Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 27 AWARDS: Bronze Star, (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals; (3) Army Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal EDUCATION: : B.S. Environmental Engineering, U.S. Military Academy; M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill DEPLOYMENTS: 2009–2010 Baghdad, Iraq   By Sue Follett Lt. Col. Mark Talbot joined the Army nearly 30 years ago “to be all I could be, as the slogan goes,” he […]

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch Are you delinquent in obtaining your certification? Do you need a course to obtain your current position certification? Are you certified but want to take courses for career enhancement or to fulfill your continuous learning requirements? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 course schedule is now available and it’s time to register for a seat. View the DAU iCatalog for available courses and any required prerequisite(s) requirements. You should plan with your supervisor and ensure coverage from your time away from the office and adequate time to complete prerequisite training. This extra step will […]

NEWS YOU CAN USE

NEWS YOU CAN USE

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 21, 2014) — The May edition of the director, acquisition career management (DACM) newsletter is out now and available at http://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-newsletter/. Get the news you need on career development, new offerings, changes and opportunities. In this issue, meet the new DACM, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, get announcements on upcoming training opportunities and learn how the new DOD finance management certification program will affect U.S. Army Acquisition Workforce professionals. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe