Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

By Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I ABERDEEN, Md. (April 19, 2016)- Although October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month, April is shaping up to be the month of the Army Cyber Innovation Challenge. Last week, winning vendors from the Army’s inaugural challenge began delivering the first prototype kits to the Cyber Protection Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia. On April 5, the Army released a requirement for its second challenge, drawing such an enthusiastic response that it granted a 10-day deadline extension for more companies to become eligible to respond. For the third challenge, the Army is preparing to release a requirement in the coming days, just a few weeks after it hosted […]

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 18, 2016) – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is hosting a one-day training symposium on Wednesday, April 27, at the Fort Belvoir campus. Panel discussions, training sessions, and a keynote speech from Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall will focus on three themes: “Strengthening Cost Consciousness, Professionalism, and Technical Excellence.” If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s not too late to register to attend in person for an $85 fee. Acquisition professionals outside the Washington area can watch a live stream of the symposium at DAU regional campuses or extended learning sites. Registration information, a schedule of events, and a list of places […]

Partnering Up

Partnering Up

When the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to take command of training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces, its partnership with the 900th Contracting Battalion was already solid. by Maj. Timothy G. Godwin The key to successful operational contracting support (OCS) in complex environments is a partnership between the supported headquarters and the contracting unit—a partnership that should begin months before both units board a plane to deploy. The future joint task force (JTF) and the aligned contracting unit must work together, plan together, train together and deploy together. Only through an established and codified relationship can the two units navigate environments in which contracting increasingly has become a critical element […]

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 13, 2016) — A group of 10 Singaporean defense officials met with representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory April 8 at the Rodman Materials Research Laboratory. Rear Adm. Harris Chan Weng Yip met with Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general, earlier in the day. Chan is Singapore’s future systems and technology architect within the Ministry of Defence. The United States and Singapore have a “comprehensive relationship with productive cooperation on economic, political, and security issues,” according to the U.S. State Department. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and ARL are pursuing a cooperative […]

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Missile Defense Agency Years of Service in Workforce: 10 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting; Level I in program management Education: MBA, Texas A&M University; BBA, Lipscomb University Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service   Two fellowships build a wide-ranging career By Mary Kate Aylward Two fellowships—the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Fellows Program and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)—have taken Monica Clemons from business school to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), and from audit preparation to missile defense. Taking advantage of the […]

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

by Ken Goss, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 11, 2016) — The Army is working hard to build lines of communication between the federal government and small business and industry nationwide through its Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative. This initiative is part of the Defense Department’s continuing effort to increase the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of its many acquisition, technology and logistics efforts. To support BBP 3.0, the Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, held a Technical Interchange Meeting with Industry, or TIM, at the C4ISR campus here, March 31 and April 1, to help industry identify and align their efforts with […]

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The CSTC-A has made considerable strides to establish processes to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly and effectively to create a strong, capable ANDSF. by Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes Over the past 14-plus years, United States and coalition taxpayers have invested heavily in outfitting the Afghanistan national defense and security forces (ANDSF) to defend Afghanistan against a persistent insurgent enemy. This complex and demanding mission continues with the U.S.-led coalition in a train, advise and assist (TAA) role with the Afghans leading the fight to secure their homeland. More than 10,000 brave Afghan policemen and soldiers gave their lives for this cause in 2015, and more than 20,000 […]

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

By Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC Commanding General To optimize life cycle sustainment, better support the Chief of Staff of the Army’s top priority of readiness, and posture the command for the future, I recently announced a Mission Command alignment for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Effective in February 2016, the alignment includes two major initiatives: empowering Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMCs) to provide portfolio-based sustainable readiness, and strengthening Army Sustainment Command (ASC) as AMC’s single entry point for synchronizing, integrating, and prioritizing readiness capabilities across our Army at the installation level. To strengthen the portfolio-based approach, three Research, Development and Engineering Centers (RDECs) and three Contracting Centers are realigned […]

Army seeks innovation at summit

Army seeks innovation at summit

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 6, 2016) — The U.S. Army seeks new ideas as it holds a second summit to inspire innovation. Military and civilian leaders, scientists and engineers gathered for a two-day conference at APG’s Mallet Hall, April 5-6. “We live in a complex world with complex threats,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. “To recommend innovative solutions, we must prioritize our needs.” Wharton, the host of the event, welcomed representatives from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, other Army Materiel Command major subordinate commands and technology leaders from across the […]

Army selects acquisition product and project directors

Army selects acquisition product and project directors

By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Nineteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the fiscal year 2016 product and project director centralized selection boards held Jan. 14 and Feb. 3, 2016, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This was the second year for a product director centralized selection board and the first year for the project director centralized selection board. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 24 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product and project directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM, and the […]