Partner nations evaluate digital call-for-fires at Bold Quest

Partner nations evaluate digital call-for-fires at Bold Quest

By Mrs. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest FORT BLISS, Texas (Oct. 13, 2015) — The thunder of artillery echoed across the New Mexico desert, but this was not a normal Army training mission. Instead artillery units representing seven countries were participating in a live-fire event. For the first time, multinational coalition partners passed calls for artillery fire support digitally between nations, resulting in U.S. and Norwegian howitzers and U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, being fired on target. Part of Bold Quest 15.2, the live fire event, which took place Oct. 2-3, included seven nations with seven different fire support command and control systems. Yet a language barrier didn’t exist, thanks […]

Col. Michael Thurston, Project Manager for Mission Command, lays out the essentials

Col. Michael Thurston, Project Manager for Mission Command, lays out the essentials

By Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest There’s a fundamental rule on the battlefield: To command effectively, you must be able to communicate. The Army continues its push to modernize mission command capabilities and embrace rapidly emerging technology against a backdrop of fiscal constraints and a volatile global security environment. At the same time, it remains focused on delivering to commanders and Soldiers the information they need to execute decisive actions anytime, anywhere and on any device. To implement this vision, the Army’s Project Manager for Mission Command (PM MC), assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), is working aggressively to transition stand-alone mission command […]

Hot Topics 2.0

Hot Topics 2.0

Army DACM Office introduces Hot Topics 2.0 By Tara Clements and Marti Giella FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Hot Topics is back, providing a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Developed by the Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Hot Topics 2.0 is designed to provide the AAW an overview of what’s new related to acquisition careers, current training opportunities and changes, as well as a look at new opportunities on the horizon. “We understand how challenging it is to stay on track with all of the opening and closing dates for career opportunities—especially given our […]

Lessons learned in FMS

Lessons learned in FMS

By Col. Michael E. Sloane and Mr. Charles Meixner Foreign military sales (FMS) are a team sport. Success requires a great deal of coordination and contributions from the Army acquisition enterprise and other Army-specific agencies that participate in the FMS process with partner nations, including the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the U.S. Department of State, among others. FMS cases require the support of life-cycle management commands; research, development and engineering commands; and program executive offices (PEOs). One of the primary reasons that FMS is a team sport, and a vigorous one at that, is […]

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 […]