Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

By Erin E. Rusnak and Aurora V. Speed   A recent DOD report estimates that more than 750,000 major end items, worth in excess of $36 billion remain in Afghanistan, much of which must be brought back to the United States by the end of 2014. The sheer amount and value of equipment make this operation one of the largest retrograde efforts in U.S. military history. Over the past several months, the Power Projection Enablers (P2E) program has been heavily involved in mission support for the return of a portion of that staggering number of end items. Overview for Success To meet this demand, P2E organized an integrated logistics support […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and training opportunities   FY14 Acquisition Education and Training (AET) Announcements The FY14 schedule for AET opportunities has been finalized. All AET opportunities (except for Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program) will be announced through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Next, click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the AAPDS tab, and then select the Application Module link. Click on Apply and view all Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) available opportunities. For information on any program, go to the USAASC website. FY14 AET Schedule: Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program […]

ARL, Purdue research of 3-D printing to fix damaged on-the-spot in combat zones, cut maintenance cos

ARL, Purdue research of 3-D printing to fix damaged on-the-spot in combat zones, cut maintenance cos

By T’Jae Gibson, Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any Soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts. Researchers found that combining the general purpose, finite-element analysis software ABAQUS with Python, an open-source code used to optimize logical structures such as topologically interlocked structures, improves energy absorption and dissipation, productivity and lower maintenance costs. The combination of ABAQUS and Python provides an automated process for auto-generation of the geometries, models, materials assignments and code execution, said […]

Collaboration leads to new rocket propulsion technology

Collaboration leads to new rocket propulsion technology

By Tracie Dean, U.S. Army Research Laboratory   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 5, 2013) — A team of Army researchers developed a new gel-propellant engine called the vortex engine. Michael Nusca, Ph.D., Robert Michaels and Nathan Mathis were recently recognized by the Department of the Army with a 2012 Army Research and Development Outstanding Collaboration Award, or RDA, for their work titled, “Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Development and Testing of Controllable Thrust Gel Bipropellant Rocket Engines for Tactical Missiles.” Nusca, a researcher in Army Research Laboratory, or ARL’s, Propulsion Science Branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground, explained the new technology. “Gelled, hypergolic propellants are swirled with the […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training The FY14 schedule was released on May 16, 2013 and is available for student registration. Planning and applying early affords students a better opportunity in obtaining a class in the requested timeframe. Students may continue to apply for the remaining FY13 courses available on the schedule. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the supervisor approves the training request in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) and Internet Training Application System (AITAS). Students should view the DAU I-catalog to ensure prerequisite(s) are met before applying to a DAU course. Low-fill classes within 60 […]

‘One shot stopping’

‘One shot stopping’

Faces of the Force: David C. Oatley     POSITION: M1040 Item Manager UNIT: Program Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), Program Executive Office Ammunition, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 7 EDUCATION: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)   By Tara Clements and Steve Stark   FOTF Editor’s Note: At six inches in diameter and about 50 pounds, the 105 millimeter M1040 canister effectively turns the Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) into one of the world’s largest shotguns. David Oatley is a mechanical engineer who’s in charge of making the M1040 canister, the Army’s largest round. A few years ago, he was […]

Extending the Global Information Grid network to the company and below

Extending the Global Information Grid network to the company and below

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND (July 29, 2013) — As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan changes and forces conduct more dispersed operations, new tactical communications equipment for vehicles at the company level will help extend the network over vast distances to keep Soldiers connected and commanders informed. Currently installed on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicles as part of the Army’s mobile Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 network, the Soldier Network Extension (SNE) will extend the network down to the company level for the first time. With this “extension,” company formations can now be geographically dispersed across large distances, away from their battalion headquarters, […]

Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials

Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials

By Heather R. Smith   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (July 19, 2013) — In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready. Part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC), engineering directorate, the PIF’s advanced composites lab has successfully designed and made repairs on damaged composite aircraft components for several years now. From research and development to implementation and rapid prototyping, advancing composites technology is one of AMRDEC’s core competencies that enable the current and future force. The PIF advanced composites lab is one of several teams at the AMRDEC working with composites. […]

Depot, DLA target excess, dormant material for disposal

Depot, DLA target excess, dormant material for disposal

By Jacqueline Boucher   TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — For years, military assets have moved in and out of Tobyhanna Army Depot at the direction of customers from every branch of the service. Tobyhanna has partnered with DLA Distribution Tobyhanna, a tenant organization here, since the early 1990s to receive, store and issue a wide range of military systems. Over time, materiel has accumulated in outside storage areas, resulting in rows of excess equipment and dormant stock taking up space that could be used to store new revenue-generating workload. Members of a Lean Six Sigma team, representing the depot and DLA, conducted a rapid improvement event (RIE) and earmarked more […]

This One’s for you: The Army Acquisition Workforce takes center stage in Army AL&T Magazine

This One’s for you: The Army Acquisition Workforce takes center stage in Army AL&T Magazine

By Steve Stark   The best-trained and most well-equipped Army in the world didn’t get that way without a workforce to take care of the acquisition, logistics and technology. That’s why the theme of the new edition of Army AL&T magazine—out now—is “The AL&T Workforce.” It’s dedicated to the women and men who take a concept and turn it into reality. The issue is packed with news you can use in every section, including career development, training and certification opportunities. Some of the highlights are outlined below. Faces of the Force Where would the Army be without you, the acquisition workforce? Check out the spread of pictures at the heart […]