Army Reserve refocuses on updated threat picture

Army Reserve refocuses on updated threat picture

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The U.S. Army Reserve is pivoting from 15 years of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq to prepare for new threats around the world, said Maj. Gen. Michael Smith, deputy chief of the Army Reserve. In a wide-ranging interview, Smith also said: The Army Reserve and the National Guard provide about 70 percent of the Army’s logistical capability, allowing the active-duty Army to focus on brigade combat teams, combat aviation and other large, intensive programs. The Army Reserve is shifting its focus to preparing for its role in potential threats from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Army Reserve is working with the active duty […]

Meeting in the Middle

Meeting in the Middle

Brig. Gen. Karl Gingrich looks at acquisition through the eyes of an operations research analyst to bring clarity to the readiness, fielding and operations of the Army’s tactical network by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s a matter of perspective. To ensure that the tactical network enables the readiness of operational forces, the Army must have a ready network to support them. Yet a ready network does not come solely from meeting materiel needs for better technologies. Instead, it includes the other side of the coin: institutional readiness to put those technologies into play on the battlefield. After all, the Army can field the latest and greatest network equipment, but if Soldiers […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

‘Be a leader regardless of what position you’re in’ Ms. Susan L. Follett Like most members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, a desire to give back sparked Kristy Tierney’s career. “I wanted a career that had more of a positive impact on the world than simply helping a company improve its bottom line, and I saw public service as a way to do that,” she said. “This career allows me to use my business knowledge and skills to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and to support the warfighters who sacrifice so much for all of us.” She started at the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command at […]

Army scores big at acquisition awards

Army scores big at acquisition awards

by Ms. Susan L. Follett FT. BELVOIR, Va. (November 15, 2016) – Three Army civilians and four organizations have garnered top acquisition honors from the DOD, earning 2016 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards in individual and group categories as well as the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition and Should Cost and Innovation Awards. “These awards were established to recognize individuals and teams that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense,” said Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announcing the winners on Nov. 14. “It is with great pride that we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of all […]

Improving Acquisition: An Industry Perspective

Improving Acquisition: An Industry Perspective

The president and CEO of Bell Helicopter draws on the company’s decades of defense experience to provide insights for the way ahead. by Mr. Mitch Snyder Bell Helicopter is honored to have been an industry partner in defense acquisition since 1935. More importantly, we are proud of our legacy as pioneers of transformational equipment that continues to shape the battlefield and meet the ever-changing face of combat. These rapid advancements in technology have introduced precise weapon systems, stealth operations and advanced capabilities, allowing the U.S. armed forces to maintain critical strategic advantages and keep the enemy guessing. For more than two centuries, the armed forces have continually redefined how wars […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

Faces of the Force: Ms. Lesley Sullivan

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando TITLE: Policy Branch chief YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: MBA, Monmouth University; B.A. in psychology and business administration, Georgian Court University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Superior Medal for Civilian Service Chart your own course By Susan L. Follett When it comes to discussions of what’s wrong with acquisition, many fingers point at regulation: There’s too much of it and it slows everything down. Lesley Sullivan, Policy Branch chief for the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando (ACC-Orlando), agrees that there has been an increase in regulatory policy over the years. “But that’s not […]

November 2016 Hot Topics

November 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE SRPE MANDATE On Nov. 1, Phase II of the Army DACM Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) mandate went into effect across the Army acquisition enterprise for all Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members who are equivalent in pay to a GS-13 or GS-14. The effective dates remain as Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. The SRPE should not to be confused with your annual performance evaluation. SRPE is used to evaluate the potential of civilian employees in designated grades to perform in positions of increased responsibility; the Total Army Personnel Evaluation System and the various personnel demonstration projects evaluate the quality of performance associated with […]

CATCH 5000.02

CATCH 5000.02

All programs are ACAT I, with all the bureaucracy and paperwork that implies, even when they’re ACAT II or III—except when they’re ‘tailored to the characteristics of the product being acquired.’ But the grounds and means for tailoring are less than obvious, so even the simplest acquisition gets treated like the next-generation fighter jet. It’s time to ‘reform’ the instructions by refining the way the Army thinks about smaller acquisition programs. Here’s how JPEO-CBD is doing it. by Mr. Douglas W. Bryce The entire acquisition process is a team sport. The Army and the wider DOD are coming to grips with the fact that the global security and operating environment, […]

Groundhog Day All Over Again

Groundhog Day All Over Again

Acquisition ‘reform’ is on the table again, as it has been at least once in each decade since the end of World War II, such that it seems like ‘Groundhog Day’ without Bill Murray, with the same proposals coming up again and again. But this time there’s reason to believe that the current reforms aren’t merely reactive but deliberate and forward-looking—and, just maybe, effective. by Mr. Steve Stark, Ms. Margaret C. Roth and Mr. Michael Bold The United States’ dissatisfaction with its defense acquisition system and its concomitant desire to “reform” it is as old as the country itself. Given the number of blue-ribbon committees and the countless studies performed […]

Honoring Innovation

Honoring Innovation

The bottom line for winners of the Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award? Support the Soldier by Mr. Brian Beall A lifesaving medical device, a mobile app that improves Soldier training and a ballistic combat shirt that increases Soldier performance and survivability earned the inaugural Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation. Reflecting on the Army’s drive to improve Soldier capabilities in current and future conflicts, Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), said these awards recognize “solutions that increase efficiencies, strengthen our position and ultimately save lives on the battlefield.” “We are proud to honor Maj. Gen. Greene with a culture […]