Innovation to win in a complex world

Innovation to win in a complex world

FROM THE ARMY ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE THE HONORABLE HEIDI SHYU Investing in S&T to confront the future threat In October 2014, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command rolled out the latest Army Operating Concept (AOC), titled “Win in a Complex World.” This AOC details how the Army of the future will strengthen capabilities across multiple domains as part of a joint partnership to ensure dominance against “determined, elusive, and increasingly capable enemies.” Simultaneously, it challenges our forces to “conduct expeditionary maneuver through rapid deployment and transition to operations.” The increasing proliferation of technologies to diverse and capable enemies means the Army must be prepared for a wider and more varied threat […]

Faces of the Force: Brad Costello

Faces of the Force: Brad Costello

POSITION AND UNIT: Operations officer, Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II, program management; Level I, business and financial management EDUCATION: B.A. in business administration, Centenary College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Never enough time By Susan L. Follett Brad Costello is good at juggling. “I usually have 10 or 15 taskers open at one time, in addition to my usual work. There’s never enough time in my day.” As operations officer for Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS) in the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition, Costello and his team answer “about 400 to […]

Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 28, 2015) – Innovation is often assumed to be the next big thing, but more often, it’s incremental upgrades to the way things are done, built or contracted. That’s why Army AL&T’s Editorial Advisory Board wanted us to focus on innovative approaches to acquisition. We made it the theme for the October – December edition of Army AL&T, which is online now and will be available in hard copy at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition. This newest edition of Army AL&T is packed with ways that organizations have innovated to make processes work more smoothly, from acquiring […]

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 23, 2015) – New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month. “This is the first major revision in the last couple of years and something everyone in our community should be aware of,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief proponent NCO for the Army contracting community, or Military Occupational Specialty 51C. More than 500 pages outline career development guidelines for all Army NCOs—from staff sergeants through master sergeants—in DA PAM 600-25, published Sept. 11. But for anyone in the […]

Dogs of War

Dogs of War

Dogs are no strangers to war. Indeed, it’s likely that canine militarization is as old as canine domestication. Historical accounts of dogs participating in warfare date at least as far back as the middle of the seventh century B.C. According to a 1915 article in The New York Times, the Egyptians used dogs in war in the fifth century B.C., and “it is certain that no metaphor was intended by Shakespeare when he made Antony exclaim, ‘Cry “havoc” and let slip the dogs of war.’ ” In the November-December 1970 issue of this magazine’s predecessor publication, Army Research and Development magazine, the article “Canine Caution Warns Troops of Concealed Dangers” […]

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Mr. James B. “Brent” Logan received the “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for DOD Students” from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the 2015 summer quarter. Logan, a production engineer with the Army’s Apache production and fielding group, is completing his studies for a master’s in program management (MSPM) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management, or Army DACM Office, located within the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, sponsored Logan’s studies. NPS presents the award each quarter to a graduating student with an outstanding academic record at the school, strong thesis […]

Faces of the Force: Donna Bader

Faces of the Force: Donna Bader

POSITION AND UNIT: Contracting Officer/Team leader, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS:Level III in contracting; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in business marketing, Towson University; Level III certified in contracting; Level I certified in program management Walking a familiar path By Susan L. Follett For Donna Bader, following in her family’s contracting footsteps will likely require several pairs of comfortable shoes and considerable endurance: her family’s legacy totals more than 100 years. Bader’s mother was a contracting officer, division chief and supervisor in what is now known as the Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) Edgewood Division, […]

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army […]

Improving Process Improvement

Improving Process Improvement

The Army Office of Business Transformation aims to improve CPI to make sure the Army uses the right methodology for the right job, potentially saving billions By MG Camille M. Nichols and LTC Jeremy Gwinn The Army has employed a variety of techniques for continuous process improvement (CPI) for many years. Some have resulted in projects that saved the Army millions of dollars, while other efforts have not yielded the expected results. Improving the business processes of the Army is, in part, why the secretary of the Army established the Office of Business Transformation (OBT) in April 2009. By applying rigorous analytics and data mining and exploring the appropriate type […]

Bounce

Bounce

PM TAS teams with Rock Island Arsenal and ARDEC to improve performance, safety, costs for the recoil system of the M119 howitzer By MAJ Wade Perdue More than two decades have passed since the first M119 howitzer rolled off the production line at Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), yet it remains one of the Army’s primary direct and indirect fire support assets. This lightweight, air-mobile, towed howitzer has been the workhorse for the Army’s infantry brigade combat teams’ direct support artillery battalions. Over the past 13 years, it has seen extensive use in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF and OIF). The Army […]