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 […]

HCSP virtual town hall a big success

HCSP virtual town hall a big success

With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included: Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields. Understanding selection board ratings and determinations. Mentoring. Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate. Employee […]

Critical Thinking: ‘At the Nuclear Brink’

Critical Thinking: ‘At the Nuclear Brink’

William J. Perry, secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, discusses acquisition reform, program managers and his worries about a nuclear catastrophe. When President Bill Clinton asked William J. Perry to be his secretary of defense, Perry, then deputy secretary of defense, initially turned him down. Clinton’s first pick to succeed Les Aspin, Adm. Bobby Inman, had suddenly taken himself out of consideration. Perry decided to decline the job after “anguished discussion” with his wife, Lee. Together, they thought that the bright public spotlight would be too much for them, Perry writes in his memoir-cum-call to action, “My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.” At the time, Perry, who turns 89 […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command TITLE: Supervisory general engineer and team leader, Infantry Combat Equipment Team YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level II in program management EDUCATION: M.S in engineering management, Tufts University; B.S in mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst AWARDS: Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation; Specialty Professional of the Year Award; Greater Boston Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government; Commanders Award for Civilian Service Thinking differently to keep Soldiers protected By Susan L. Follett In his 13 years in acquisition, Robert DiLalla […]

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. […]

Investing in People

Investing in People

By valuing individual and group potential, the Human Capital Strategic Plan points the way to success for the Army Acquisition Workforce From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Human capital, talent, human resources, personnel, staff—these are all names that we use to describe the workforce inside an organization. But what’s in a name? It’s not so much the terminology but rather the evolving mindset behind the organization’s operations that count. That mindset must take a more holistic view of the workforce, individually and collectively. It must consider their knowledge, talent, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence, training, judgment and wisdom. When people are valued and treated as assets rather than expenses, […]

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

By Ellen Crown, US Army Medical Materiel Agency Public Affairs Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West and Army Medical Department Civilian Corps Chief Gregg Stevens presented the 2016 4th quarter Army Medicine Wolf Pack award to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Total Lifecycle Management Team during a ceremony at Fort Detrick, Maryland, Oct. 11. The Wolf Pack award recognizes an integrated team of military and civilian members whose accomplishments demonstrate excellence and effective teamwork resulting in significant products or services with the potential for broad impact in support of Army Medicine. The Total Lifecycle Management team was comprised of 20 military and civilian employees from […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Department of the Army systems coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; Level III in test and evaluation; Level I in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.S. in management, University of Maryland University College; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Delaware AWARDS: U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Certificate in Recognition of Achievement; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; DA Commendation for Exemplary Performance and Outstanding Achievement A front-row participant in the acquisition process By Susan L. Follett Looking for a little motivation? Consider Aladrian […]