Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 10, 2017)—The U.S. Army has selected Dr. Donald Reago Jr. to serve as acting director of its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, as the search begins to fill the position left open in the wake of Henry J. Muller Jr.’s retirement. Reago, who was selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2014, previously served as the director of the CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In his previous capacity as NVESD director, Reago was responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in Electro-Optical/Infrared and Countermine/Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices sensors and signal processing. The […]

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: What Lessons?

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: What Lessons?

Our interview for the April – June Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre—he’s a Ranger vet who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is now a robotics expert at the Center for a New American Security—covered so much good material, but we didn’t want to leave it on the cutting room floor. Here’s Scharre on DOD’s history of adapting. Army AL&T: What lessons can we draw from DOD’s history of adapting—or not—to new technologies and new ways of fighting? Scharre: It’s a problem for any kind of technology that’s rapidly moving. When we think about the context of acquisition reform, it’s like multiple different pieces. One [piece] is cost issues. […]

Robotics Revolutionary

Robotics Revolutionary

Ex-Army Ranger Paul Scharre, formerly in OSD and now with the Center for a New American Security, fears DOD bureaucratic resistance could the pump brakes on progress in machine intelligence. by Ms. Margaret C. Roth It couldn’t be a much bigger leap from Southwest Asia to downtown Washington yet, for Paul Scharre, the two hardly could be more closely connected. What Scharre experienced as an Army Ranger deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan—his first look at how robots could mitigate the huge toll that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were taking on Soldiers—led him directly to what he’s doing now as a civilian: senior fellow and director of the Future of Warfare […]

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing program, or A-PNT, is advancing technologies to aid GPS when its signal becomes degraded or denied, but executing developmental testing on these capabilities is not always logistically or financially feasible. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is augmenting live testing with modeling and simulation, or M&S, technologies that can better measure how effective PNT technologies perform in the context of the Warfighter’s mission. “For decades, GPS has revolutionized PNT capabilities for Soldiers, but its susceptibility to interference has generated a need for complementary sources of PNT,” said Gina Guiducci, […]

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation is key to identifying the AAW’s civilian future leaders. Perspective from the USAASC Director Craig Spisak Nothing that I or any other leader within the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) does is more important than identifying and developing the AAW’s talent. The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) is one of our best tools for identifying individuals with future leadership potential and documenting that potential. The SRPE provides our civilian acquisition professionals with a view of where opportunities may lie from their senior rater—someone higher up than the person who supervises them on a day-to-day basis. Yes, doing the evaluations is more work for supervisors. But taking […]

Improvements on way for logistics application

Improvements on way for logistics application

By Martin Birchmeier, DLA Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Federal and military logisticians will soon find it easier to search for supply item information, thanks to enhancements to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Federal Logistics Data application known as FED LOG. FED LOG allows users from DOD and other federal agencies, government contractors and NATO or NATO-sponsored countries to obtain official-use-only supply information, including approved item names, manufacturer and distributer data, unit prices and performance characteristics. Later this week, users will notice enhanced features such as new search filters, a simplified batch search and access to historical data. “On the 25th anniversary of the FED LOG application, we are […]

Making the Soldier the Decisive Edge

Making the Soldier the Decisive Edge

Robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing offer the warfighter new dimensions of survivability and lethality From The Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie B. Easter In the future, our Army will transcend an ever-expanding range of battlefield domains where Soldiers will face new, complex and constantly evolving threats. With technology becoming ever more dynamic, we are in a race with our adversaries to harness and field the best military applications of product innovation. Our need to access technology and talent drives the pursuit of collaborative human-machine battle networks through robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing. This edition of Army AL&T explores our progress. Throughout the history of warfare, Soldiers come face to […]

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017) – The deadline to submit applications for this year’s military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification board has been extended to June 21, 2017, and Soldiers with 10 to 13 years of service may now be considered. This will be the only reclassification board for the year, prompting changes to the time in service requirement and the application extension to provide eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs) as much time as possible to apply. Previously, NCOs with more than 10 years of experience weren’t eligible for reclassification. “We are extending the deadline to ensure that we are getting the best and brightest for the […]

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017)—The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the first Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh, for the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I3MP oversaw the installation of innovative and cost-saving information technology (IT) solutions that enable mission command warfighting functions to be performed from Schofield Barracks. I3MP, part of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, is the program management office responsible for the overall project management, system design, procurement, technical oversight, information assurance assessment, system integration and testing and system transition of the hardware technical refresh phase. The HSMCC Initiative […]

Robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing are focus of new Army AL&T

Robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing are focus of new Army AL&T

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 3, 2017)—Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing and autonomous weapon systems are rapidly changing the way the Army fights. How it’s changing, and the rapidity of that change, is the theme of the April-June 2017 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Read about: The Army acquisition process must effectively deliver technologically sophisticated systems. To avoid pitfalls in robotics, manned-unmanned teaming, AI, and cyber and electromagnetic warfare, the Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal helps managers tread where others have gone before. See “GROUND TRUTH.” The Army is moving quickly on the handheld robotic Standoff Robotic Explosive Hazard Detection System (SREHD), which is capable of detecting, marking […]