Hacking for defense

Hacking for defense

Started at Stanford and soon to be nationwide, this class turns college students loose on national security problems, and expects results. by Mr. William Treseder and Mr. Darren Halford Team AquaLink started off in the wrong direction. The team, part of a class at Stanford University called Hacking for Defense, was working on a problem for U.S. Navy divers, who work for sometimes 12 or more hours at depths of 60 to 200 feet. Currently divers have no way to monitor their core temperature, maximum dive pressure, blood pressure or pulse, which would provide early warnings of hypothermia or decompression sickness (the bends). The goal was to provide a wearable […]

JUST CAALL

JUST CAALL

A suite of changes to the acquisition lessons learned portal makes it easier to learn from others who’ve fought similar battles. by Mr. Steve Stark and Mr. Robert E. Coultas In April 2016, Karen Price needed guidance on an acquisition procedure that her office had encountered for the first time. Price is a senior logistics management specialist for the Joint Product Office for Elimination, part of the Joint Project Manager Guardian within the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Her office was brand new at the time, and she reached out to the Center for Army Acquisition Lessons Learned (CAALL), within the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis […]

Speed and Urgency in Silicon Valley

Speed and Urgency in Silicon Valley

With a startup mindset, military know-how and a wide-ranging network of technology partners, Peter Newell, the former head of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, and Jackie Space, a former Air Force officer and space systems program manager, work to construct a bridge between DOD and the high-tech innovators of Silicon Valley through BMNT Partners. By Army AL&T Magazine To get lifesaving technologies to the battlefield, BMNT brings together defense officials, warfighters and experts in computing, big data, cybersecurity, energy, robotics and other areas that have military applications—and which are now dominated by tech companies, not traditional defense contractors. Using cutting-edge methodologies developed in Silicon Valley, BMNT gets a diverse roomful […]

Faces of the Force: Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell

Faces of the Force: Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Knox POSITION AND TITLE: Procurement Analyst, Government Purchase Card Program Manager DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 years AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Recognition Letter from the Office of the Secretary of Defense EDUCATION: Bachelor of General Studies, Western Kentucky University ‘I thought I had died and gone to heaven’ By Susan L. Follett Although she has been in acquisition for just 14 years, Catherine J. “Jainie” Bell’s federal civilian career dates back to the mid-1980s, when she left the banking industry for better-paying opportunities in the Army. “Banks were notorious for low […]

Contract Optimization in Afghanistan Pays Big Dividends

Contract Optimization in Afghanistan Pays Big Dividends

Being a good steward of taxpayer dollars means thinking and acting decisively. That’s just what CCAS and ECC-A did—examining and consolidating the contracts under its purview to make it easier and cheaper for to operational commanders to obtain services for their troops. by Mr. Gordon Jones Sustaining joint forces to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army requires the efficient use of contract resources. Within 30 days of standing up the Contingency Contract Administration Service (CCAS) team’s mission in Afghanistan, senior staff elements of United Stated Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) approached the Expeditionary Contracting Command – Afghanistan (ECC-A) for assistance in evaluating a recommendation to […]

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program initiates the Home-Station Mission Command Centers’ procurement and initial installation in the fourth quarter of FY16 to support the Army chief information officer’s HSMCC initiative. By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Referred to as a “tech refresh,” the hardware procurement and installation projects at the first Home Station Mission Command Centers (HSMCC) sites, managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in cooperation the Army’s chief information officer, will accelerate the standardized command post design envisioned for the future Army. The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PD I3MP) will manage […]

Open Source Advantages are Magnifying in the Army

Open Source Advantages are Magnifying in the Army

ARL releases its first open source software and explores the options, benefits and challenges of making similar releases in the future by Mr. Joshua Edwards Army computer science innovators have started peeling away the barriers to publicly releasing software from the military to the open source community. This means that users around the world will have the ability to see and modify the actual code of those government projects to suit their needs, and potentially pass those changes back to the Army if they prove useful. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) made its first open source release—Dshell, a network forensics analysis framework for security analysts to easily read and […]

Wounded veterans and service members learn more than just fly fishing

Wounded veterans and service members learn more than just fly fishing

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Dec. 9, 2016) — More than 70 veterans, volunteers and support staff attended Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Sixth Annual Fly Fest Dec. 2-4. This annual event gives veterans and disabled service members an opportunity to fly fish with volunteer guides at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in Cabins, West Virginia. PHWFF is a private, nonprofit program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military service members and veterans through fly-fishing education and events. The program provides fly-fishing clinics for all skill ranges and to those who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. It also teaches participants casting techniques as […]

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&ID ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (December 6, 2016) – It begins with a thought, matures into a concept and culminates as a Soldier-ready, next-generation technology. “It” is an advanced mission command capability, developed to provide agility for today’s expeditionary forces, and its roots can often be traced back to the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC. “Our research and development investments allow Programs of Record to explore new ideas or refine existing capabilities,” said Lisa Heidelberg, chief of the Mission Command Capabilities Division, under CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate. “Every development phase spent with us comes with lessons learned, […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Synchronized Fielding Division, System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 25 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level III in test and evaluation EDUCATION: M.S. in mechanical engineering, Drexel University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Baltimore Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government Award   Get your hands dirty By Ms. Susan L. Follett Want to do your job more effectively? Consider Robert Puhalla’s advice: Go talk to the people you work with and work for. “A lot of us now have […]