Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

POSITION AND UNIT: Aerospace Engineer, Concept Design and Assessment Tech Area, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 (2 in Army acquisition; 3 in Navy acquisition) AWARDS: Army Modeling and Simulation Award; Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field – Army Advanced Design Office; Aviation Development Directorate-AFDD Peer Award for Technical Excellence in Research and Development; 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing, Innovation Category. EDUCATION: M.S. and B.S. aerospace engineering, Virginia Tech Short tenure, lots of accolades By Susan L. Follett Ernest Keen has worked in Army acquisition for just two years, but in that […]

Getting Requirements Right

Getting Requirements Right

QRCs were quick fixes to save lives and ensure mission success, but backfilling requirements to sustain the capabilities sounds easier than it is By MAJ Timothy J. Bracken Acquisition professionals are tasked to manage their program’s cost, schedule and performance. In many cases, managing performance can be the most challenging. This is because the program office not only manages the specifics that determine and define their capability’s requirements, but also maintains a relationship with the organization that manages and “owns” the capability’s requirement documents. That organization is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager (TCM). These requirement documents, the initial capabilities document (ICD), capability development document (CDD) […]

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC Command, Power & Integration Directorate ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army recently began fielding a network communications system that provides real-time, in-flight situational awareness to commanders and paratroopers to better support forcible entry operations from takeoff to jump. The Enroute Mission Command Capability, or EMC2, came about by way of a government-to-government development partnership that produced a ruggedized network and workspace solution for the C-17 aircraft. “When we received the EMC2 requirements from the Army, we knew we would require specialized engineering support to quickly build what is essentially a flying command post,” said. Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment […]

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Mr. Steve Grzezdzinski, CECOM TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — An employee-driven project converted an unorganized, inefficient space into a well-oiled, efficient operation using visual management cues and techniques. An increase in the Unmanned Threat Emitter System (UMTE) workload in the Single Threat Systems Section and the depot reorganization dictated a move to a new location last July to augment production. UMTEs provide realistic tactical training for combat aircrews, Air Force pilots can practice their tactics before encountering threats in actual combat. The 10-member UMTE team, struggling after the move with a lack of ample space for work and storage, recognized the need to set things in order to better serve […]

Army needs one ‘solid network’ to protect against cyber threats

Army needs one ‘solid network’ to protect against cyber threats

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 9th, 2015) — From computers and laptops, to smartphones and tablets, being “in the know” is the baseline for effective organization and leadership. In today’s Army, mission command means effective communication across all commands, mediums and environments that is pervasive, protected and utilized to greatest efficiency, said Army leaders during a discussion sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, July 9. “Mission command is fundamental to assuring our Army stays strong,” said Brig Gen. John A. George, director of capabilities development for the Army Capabilities Integration Center. “We need an integrated and coordinated management system to drive that operation.” The Better […]

Army looks for new pistol

Army looks for new pistol

By PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 8, 2015) — The Army moved closer to releasing its long-awaited solicitation for a new, modern handgun system when it hosted a fourth industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, July 8. The Army named the new weapon the “XM17″ Modular Handgun System. It will replace the current M9 standard Army handgun with a more state-of-the-art weapon system. “More than 20 companies attended the event,” said Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson. Federal procurement restrictions do not allow the disclosure of the names of firms participating, she said. The government presented changes to its latest draft solicitation for the XM17, which […]

New boats anchor military bridging ops

New boats anchor military bridging ops

By Michael Clow and Rae Higgins While boats don’t normally (if ever) come to mind when one thinks of Army systems, the new XM30 Bridge Erection Boat, or BEB, is certain to turn more than a few heads in and outside the Engineer Regiment. To be sure, these force projection-enabling vessels did here last week. Acquisition officials assigned to the Army’s Product Management Office for Bridging showcased the BEB, the most recent addition to the Engineer Regiment’s equipment portfolio, last week at the Aberdeen Test Center’s Amphibious Landing Area. The demonstration was designed to educate key individuals from across the program’s stakeholders on the BEB, its role in enhancing and […]

From Concept to Delivery

From Concept to Delivery

A Q&A with ARCIC’s MG Cedric T. Wins Acquisition is all about requirements, and it’s the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that is responsible for them—peering into the future through the lens of present-day circumstances to decide in what direction, and with which capabilities, the Army needs to go in order to continue being the best-equipped and best-trained force the world has ever known. But if requirements are the bricks of acquisition, then it’s the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), part of TRADOC, that provides the mortar by developing concepts and capabilities, evaluating proposed Army modernization solutions, and integrating these capabilities across the areas of doctrine, organization, training, […]

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘Required’ Reading: Latest Army AL&T magazine online By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 30, 2015) — The newest edition of Army AL&T magazine is all about requirements and in keeping with the theme, this “required” reading is now available online. In Army acquisition, everything begins with requirements, with all facets of a system or service examined through the lens of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities—DOTMLPF—which is why Army AL&T spoke with Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, director of the TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center Requirements Integration Directorate. Read how ARCIC is working to bring all stakeholders into the development of requirements in “From Concept […]

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

By Kristen Kushiyama, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) received an update on the Army’s latest work in creating modular, customizable systems for various Army platforms during a visit here June 16. The Hon. Heidi Shyu toured the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to gain a deeper understanding of CERDEC’s Hardware/Software Convergence initiative. CERDEC is working to modernize and modularize Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, and Electronic Warfare components so that there is a standard interface to better and more quickly facilitate the integration, compatibility and interoperability of new capabilities. Shyu said […]