Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

The Army Operating Concept dictates that “future forces conduct operations consistent with the tenet of adaptability, anticipating dangers and opportunities and adjusting operations to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.” The Army is arguably the nation’s foremost leadership training institution, and one of the roles of the research, development and acquisition communities is to develop leaders who can innovate and adapt on the science and technology fronts so that we can deliver the capabilities Army leaders need on the battlefield. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), on behalf of the Army, is committed to growing the next generation of scientists and engineers to deliver the decisive overmatch […]

Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Last week, 29 current and future managers from across the Army acquisition workforce attended the second Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) in Arlington, Virginia. The course is designed to generate thought and discussion about a host of challenges that future acquisition leaders will likely face when they get into their new jobs, and learn from accomplished leaders and seasoned practitioners who have faced similar challenges. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director, acquisition career management (DACM) developed the course and launched the pilot earlier this year. Early on in his role as the director of career management for the […]

More bang for government bucks

More bang for government bucks

With CMMI Level 5 processes, RDECOM’s ARDEC pursues reuse of government-owned IP and hardware to drive down the costs and shorten schedules for software-intensive weapon systems to more quickly field systems to Soldiers. By Mr. David R. Castellano and Mr. Michael A. Zecca The basic components of armament systems—weapon, ammunition and fire control—are essentially the same, but vary in how they are implemented and their degree of automation. However, as simple as the basic components are, several factors create the potential for complication. Different system contractors, the increased use of electronics in armament systems and implementation of functions through software—these factors can lead to a proliferation of unique armament systems. […]

What kind of innovation do you want?

What kind of innovation do you want?

Corporate strategist, defense investor and student of complex systems Pierre Chao understands the many shades of innovation, particularly how it differs—widely—from the government to the commercial sector. And he has specific ideas on what makes innovation happen, what impedes it and where innovation should not take place. Army AL&T most often looks outside the realm of defense for the Critical Thinking column, but for this issue on innovation, we thought it important to stay closer to home. That’s because innovation in government and defense, and innovation in private industry—while not completely different—have significantly different incentive structures, an issue that’s important to Pierre Chao, who has been involved with the topic […]

Faces of the Force: Capt. Bradley Coule

Faces of the Force: Capt. Bradley Coule

POSITION AND UNIT: Assistant product manager, Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System, Close Combat Weapon Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 2 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 9 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in engineering technology and design, University of Central Florida AWARDS: Bronze Star (2); Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2); Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation (2) Leveraging experience for mission success By Susan L. Follett Capt. Bradley Coule came to acquisition two years ago, hoping that his engineering background and deployment experience in the field could translate into helping other Soldiers. So far, he says, […]

Prototyping the future

Prototyping the future

Better Buying Power emphasizes the value of prototyping capabilities to prove them out, and the annual TRADOC-sponsored Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment is a model for the kind of venue that industry, organic developers and Soldiers need to come together to put capabilities through their paces and find the best solutions for the Soldier. By Col. F. Wayne Brewster II Rarely is an idea perfect the first time it is assessed. New technologies, training strategies and force redesign concepts need to be evaluated and improved. That’s why experimentation with prototypes is a critical tool for modernization and innovation for the Army. The Army Operating Concept’s vision for Force 2025 and Beyond […]

Kirsch, Smith and JPO JLTV tapped for acquisition awards

Kirsch, Smith and JPO JLTV tapped for acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett Dr. James C. Kirsch, Everett F. “Frank” Smith and a team from the Joint Program Office for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JPO JLTV) have been recognized for logistics, engineering and contract management efforts that aimed to get vehicles, missiles and unmanned air systems to warfighters quickly and economically. Kirsch and Smith are among 16 individuals and five groups receiving Defense Acquisition Workforce Development and Achievement Awards from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The JPO JLTV team received the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, its second such honor in three years. “It is important that we continue to […]

A case study in acquisition centralization

A case study in acquisition centralization

PM P2E supports a globally connected Army—and the “global” part can be a real challenge, as requests for IT acquisition support flow in from around the world, including many urgent requests from Soldiers in theater. To respond, PM P2E had to revamp to meet the demand, and an organization that had used a traditional, decentralized approach to developing requirements created a one-stop shop for acquisition, which yields better buying power efficiencies and alignment with JIE objectives. By Mr. James “Chris” Christopher Woodis Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PM P2E) is one of the Army’s top-tier information technology (IT) product offices. It acquires and implements enterprise IT capabilities for a globally […]

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

By Bridget Bernard ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 3, 2015) — As the one-stop-shop for the Army’s tactical commercial off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) hardware, the Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program is taking a holistic, innovative approach that is getting noticed. Recent undertakings resulted in increased efficiencies, significant cost avoidance and official designation as the primary organization to oversee tactical COTS IT hardware procurement for the Army. CHS provides state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and is available for use by all DOD and federal agencies. “We’ve always got to be looking ahead to understand where technology is going, how we […]

November Army DACM Hot Topics

November Army DACM Hot Topics

Hot Topics – November 3, 2015 By Marti Giella Hot Topics is a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the next 30 to 60 days. Look for a new edition the first Tuesday of every month from the Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Here’s what’s hot for November: FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE As a reminder, the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation policy took effect just over a month ago. This policy affects the entire Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), starting with those at the GS-14 level. Read the policy, FAQs and other materials to learn more […]