Editorial: Contracting senior enlisted relevant, resilient, ready to serve at strategic level

Editorial: Contracting senior enlisted relevant, resilient, ready to serve at strategic level

By Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Bowens, Mission and Installation Contracting Command command sergeant major   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (May 15, 2014) — As our Army continues its transformation following more than 13 years of continuous war, it increasingly relies on its senior enlisted leaders to advise in the management and strategic development of the most talented and superior Soldiers to serve as the next generation of leaders. Organizations across the Army necessitate their leaders possess the strategic knowledge and discipline necessary to carry out their missions while implementing force structure changes. As stewards of our resources, today’s senior enlisted leaders must be innovative in setting conditions […]

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 13, 2014) — With the Army’s new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters. Known as the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios (MNVR), the system will allow Soldiers at the platoon and company levels to rapidly exchange digital information with battalion and brigade. With the recent approval of the program’s acquisition strategy and preparation for upcoming tests, the MNVR capability is on target for […]

Software engineer turned chief architect hardwires the Army of 2020

Software engineer turned chief architect hardwires the Army of 2020

Faces of the Force: Daniel Woolley     POSITION: Chief Architect, Project Manager Mission Command UNIT: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, Aberdeen, Maryland TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 8 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, Superior Unit Award, Certificate of Commendation EDUCATION: B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, M.S. Software Engineering, and M.S. Computer Science; Monmouth University, New Jersey   By Sue Follett Several years ago, Daniel Woolley worked as a software engineer at a major defense contractor while attending graduate school. That work brought him into contact with a lot of dedicated individuals, and ultimately led him to his current role of chief architect at PEO C3T’s Project Manager […]

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 12, 2014) – Fourteen candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here April 22-23, 2014. The last board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We had a record number of applications this year resulting in one of our most competitive boards yet,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C proponent NCO. “Out of 197 applicants, fourteen were selected meeting our end-strength goals for the fiscal year,” he added. As a result, the July board has been cancelled. The […]

Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test

Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 2, 2014) — Combining new Google Earth technology and old-fashioned walking, the Army used a creative approach to prepare for a key test on the Manpack Radio. With the AN/PRC-155 Manpack Radio scheduled for a Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.2 in May, the Handheld, Manpack, Small-form fit (HMS) program team wanted to address any potential concerns in advance. By using Google Earth and scouting areas on foot at Fort Bliss, Texas, the HMS team found a place to assess the effectiveness of the Manpack Radio in rugged terrain that was representative […]

Passing the iPhone test

Passing the iPhone test

Advancing the Common Operating Environment to support current and future Soldiers   By Ms. Portia I. Crowe   Apple’s iPhone took a standard architecture and improved it, then provided a software development kit (SDK) that enabled third-party developers to quickly and inexpensively create applications, or “apps,” that deliver weather, social media, games and more. It worked intuitively, at the touch of a finger and with little or no instruction. By delivering the power of the Internet when and where we wanted it, apps revolutionized information delivery and had us all saying, “There’s an app for that.” That kind of “smart” is the Army’s objective as it moves forward with its […]

Acquisition awards season opens

Acquisition awards season opens

Managers encouraged to nominate high-achieving teams, individuals   By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The past year presented more than its share of challenges to the acquisition workforce, and anyone looking for a way to recognize someone who went above his pay grade to overcome those challenges has several opportunities: The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Acquisition Award Programs is May 23, and the nomination period for the U.S. Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting closes June 20. “With more than 40,000 members of the Acquisition workforce, there are a […]

Marines: Blue Force Tracking parts on time, on budget

Marines: Blue Force Tracking parts on time, on budget

By Jacqueline Boucher   TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Team Tobyhanna is fabricating thousands of electrical and mechanical components for the U.S. Marine Corps. Last year, the Marine Corps Systems Command asked Tobyhanna Army Depot to produce 22,855 items destined to be installed on Marine Corps Blue Force Tracking High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees). With a completion date of May, several depot shops rose to the challenge to complete nine different mechanical components and seven different electrical cable assemblies, a project valued at $8.4 million. Blue Force Tracking provides location information of friendly and hostile military forces. “We continually get great results from Tobyhanna,” said Project Officer Dan Scarber, […]

A Plan to Make — and Break

A Plan  to Make — and Break

By Mr. Dale A. Ormond, Director, U.S. Army Research, Development And Engineering Command Most planning involves developing a series of concrete steps and conditional decision points that together define a good way ahead, and then—as no plan survives contact—adjusting that. As director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), when I contemplate the Army’s 30-year plan to modernize the force, I see our goal as not only to break that plan, but to break it often and before anyone else does. It is our job to make the Soldier’s kit obsolete. This we must do if we are to help the Army maintain its unparalleled dominance on […]

From Concept to Reality

From Concept to Reality

Pentagon demo shows leadership how the Integrated Air and Missile Defense system will revolutionize Army Air and Missile Defense   By Maj. Scott Gill and Mr. Dave Witteveen   The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office (IAMD PO) and the Fires Center of Excellence held an “Immersion Day” at the Pentagon, March 18-19, to demonstrate the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) concept with the IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS). “AIAMD will fundamentally change the way Army Air and Missile Defense (AMD) forces organize, train, and fight, as we componentized sensors and shooters into an integrated network that provides unprecedented capability and flexibility to our commanders in the […]