DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

DRIVING SMALL BUSINESS  SUCCESS

With AMC accounting for more than half of the Army’s total small business awards, its Offices of Small Business Programs use numerous approaches to set the stage for success in changing—and challenging—times. by Ms. Beth Scherr The numbers may not tell the whole story, but they do say a lot. In FY15, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) surpassed all its assigned goals for total contract awards to small businesses and to the various socioeconomic small business programs. AMC’s accomplishments in FY14 allowed both DA and DOD to exceed their goals for the first time. In FY15, AMC awarded over $9.2 billion in 63,039 contract […]

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook will allow it to serve until the 2060s by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army plans to fly its Vietnam-era workhorse CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter for 100 years by continuously upgrading the platform through a series of ongoing technological adjustments designed to improve lift, weight, avionics and cargo handling, among other things. The Army goal is to allow the helicopter, which was first produced in the early 1960s, to serve all the way into the 2060s – allowing the aircraft service life to span an entire century. “Our primary goal is maintaining the CH-47F’s relevance to the warfighter,” Lt. Col. Ricard Bratt said in a […]

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 10, 2016) – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected a total of eight candidates for reclassification. USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Charles Prihoda Staff Sgt. Tyshaun Carter Staff Sgt. Frances Gaskins Sgt. Dawn Johnson Staff Sgt. William Greenier Sgt. Tianna Proctor Sgt. Krystal Frank Sgt. Debra Stokes This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “This was by far our most competitive board to date, making the decision tough for the board members to […]

‘Should’ Does

‘Should’ Does

Five years after its introduction, will-cost/ should-cost has proved its value as a tool for boosting productivity and affordability in ­acquisition programs—more so in some ­circumstances than others. The question now is how to further that success. by Mr. Michael E. Lebrun and Mr. Dale N. Fletcher The evidence is in: The Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative known as “will-cost/should-cost management” has resulted, as intended, in improving cost and schedule performance of DOD acquisition programs. Because should-cost is a success, it makes sense to ask what parts are working and why, so that the success can be duplicated. Dr. Ashton B. Carter, then the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

by Mrs. Jacqueline Boucher (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Employees here introduced several innovative ideas for streamlining assembly processes on the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) system’s power distribution unit (PDU) saving time and money. Simplified cabling and alternate step-by-step procedures, proposed by subject matter experts in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate’s Tactical Systems Cable Branch, shaved 6.5 hours off the assembly process. The projected savings based on scheduled workload is more than $81,000 over the next 14 months. LCMRs backtrack incoming mortar, rocket and artillery rounds, enabling quick countermeasures “This was accomplished through many internal efficiencies implemented throughout the shop,” said Eugene Golembeski, branch chief. “I can’t […]

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

By Sgt. Devon Bistarkey (PEO C3T) JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army’s predominate friendly-force tracking tool known as Blue Force Tracker (BFT), used by nearly every ground and aviation vehicle across the fleet, could soon be part of a satellite channel sharing initiative. Currently, BFT-1 and BFT-2 systems utilize unique satellite channels to send and receive Position Location Information (PLI) and Command and Control (C2) data which allows commanders to visualize assets within the operational sphere. While this is operationally effective, it comes with significant costs. Validation from single beam testing offers a forward-thinking solution. On Jan 27, the Army conducted a channel sharing aviation mobility operational test at […]

DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

By Sara Moore, Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Defense Logistics Agency launched a newly consolidated website Feb. 26 used to find and request Commercial and Government Entity codes, the five-digit identifiers required for all commercial companies that wish to do business with the U.S. government. The “CAGE Public” website, https://cage.dla.mil, provides a unified solution for searching CAGE codes, requesting a new or updating an existing code, and finding required forms, news, training and frequently asked questions. The new website also includes CAGE Search and Inquiry, dubbed CSI, which replaces the Business Identification Number Cross-Referencing System website. This represents a big shift from the past, when […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne

POSITION AND UNIT: Product lead, Defense-Wide Transmission Systems, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ed. D. in organizational leadership, Argosy University; M.A.in computer resource and information management, Webster University; B.A.in business management, St. John’s University AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service […]

March 2016 Hot Topics

March 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) FY17 Plan is open until May 15. DAU’s Mission Assistance can help you prepare for the future to keep your acquisitions on track – offering help through Acquisition Workshops, Consulting Services, and Individual Focus. Visit their website to learn more on how they can help you. Have a question about your career? IDP? SRPE? Ask Ellie! The first virtual acquisition career guide, Ellie, is an avatar that will be able to help you navigate questions regarding acquisition career management. This marks Ellie’s initial appearance–she will continue to evolve, but in this first phase, we encourage you to interact […]

Strength in (small) numbers

Strength in (small) numbers

The high-tech Army is creating opportunities as small businesses play an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network, and sensible use of the SBIR program is a strong reason why. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s no secret that big business dominates the battlefield. Yet, as the Army turns its focus to an agile force, able to deploy on short notice to locations anywhere in the world—all while staying connected with uninterrupted mission command and situational awareness—small businesses are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network. They may not be as big as some of today’s industry giants, but in an ever-evolving high-tech Army, […]