Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

By Chris Mewett   Members of the security cooperation (SC) community gathered in Arlington, Va., last month to share ideas about how their organizations can continue to provide effective support to both international partners and national strategic objectives in a time of austerity and change. The 2013 Security Cooperation Workshop, hosted by the Office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation (DASA (DE&C)), brought together people from across the Departments of State and Defense – from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the military departments, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and other […]

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

By Michael A. Wilson and Michael J. Glenn   Embracing the Army agile process, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) Project Office’s Sentinel Product Office (SPO), went from early planning, to prototype and then qualification testing of a new Enhanced Sentinel Radar in just over 12 months. Sentinel will showcase this latest evolution enhancing force protection and Soldier survivability in a roll-out of the AN/MPQ 64A3 Enhanced Sentinel Radar first production unit on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in October at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. (LEAD). Sentinel is the only 360-degree coverage air defense radar in the Army’s current inventory and features a 3 DX Band phased array […]

Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

By Edric Thompson   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s research laboratory and aviation missile and communications-electronics RD&E centers — the Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC — have integrated and deployed wind and solar harvesting systems to provide continuous energy to company-level, force protection systems used by U.S. Army combat units in theater. A joint venture by ARL, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, […]

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Faces of the Force:     POSITION: Logistics Management Specialist UNIT: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2011 AWARDS: Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, The University of Alabama; B.S. Management Information Systems, Auburn University; M.S. Logistics Management, Florida Institute of Technology   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: Working “above your pay grade”? For Carrie Caldwell Clinard, that phrase quickly became a reality three years into her Army Civilian career when she deployed to Iraq. When she arrived in Iraq, instead of the job she thought she was going […]

Smaller satellite terminal solution being fielded following Network Integration Evaluations

Smaller satellite terminal solution being fielded following Network Integration Evaluations

By Amy Walker   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 12, 2013) — Taking advantage of lessons learned through several Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) cycles, the Army is fielding to its first unit a new, smaller ground satellite terminal designed to provide high-capacity, beyond-line-of-sight communications to newly digitized command posts at the company level. “One of the main goals the Army had in creating the Company Command Post (CoCP) was the reduction of size, weight, and power consumption, referred to as SWaP,” said Lt. Col. Greg Coile, product manager for Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM), which manages the terminals. “We leveraged the NIE Process to inform a SATCOM solution that would reduce […]

USAASC announces contracting NCO reclassification board results

USAASC announces contracting NCO reclassification board results

Fort Belvoir, Va. (June 5, 2013) – Forty-nine candidates were selected for reclassification during the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board here May 14-15. The board was administered by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) 51C Proponent Office. “This was an impressive group of candidates and the competition was tough,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Maneri, FA 51C Proponent Officer. The 49 selected NCOs represent the best of the best and we welcome them into the Army acquisition workforce.” The board’s purpose is to ensure the best qualified NCOs are selected for reclassification into Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Contracting NCO)—a part of the Army acquisition, […]

Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

By Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort   DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility vehicles don’t have a compact car’s fuel efficiency. A perfect, one-size-fits-all vehicle doesn’t exist. The same goes for unmanned ground vehicles, known as UGVs. Soldiers use UGVs — such as the 40-pound PackBot or the larger, 115-pound TALON — to detect and defeat roadside bombs, gain situational awareness, detect chemical and radiological agents, and increase the standoff distance between Soldiers and potentially dangerous situations. Just as SUVs offer utility smaller cars can’t match, larger UGVs provide capabilities not available with smaller platforms. The 300-pound iRobot Warrior, developed in […]

Educating future acquisition leaders

Educating future acquisition leaders

Faces of the Force: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai     POSITION: Instructor / Mission Ready Airman Course (MRAC) UNIT: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) LOCATION: Lackland Air Force Base, Texas TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 years, Army active duty DEPLOYMENTS/MISSIONS: Croatia and Bosnia 1995-1996; Bosnia 1999; Mbabane, Swaziland 2009; Kitgum, Uganda 2009; Afghanistan 2010-2011; Panama City, Panama 2012; and Belize City, Belize 2012 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4) EDUCATION: B.A. Psychology, Saint Leo University   By Steve Stark   FOTF editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class (P) Michael Kahyai (rhymes with “Aye aye”) said that his most rewarding mission […]

Engineers work to better monitor missile health

Engineers work to better monitor missile health

By Evelyn Teats   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) aviation and missile center is leveraging micro-electro-mechanical systems research in a new application to detect potentially damaging vibrations encountered by missiles during handling, transport and operation. Stephen Marotta, Engineering Directorate project principal investigator, said MEMS research has been ongoing at Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center for many years and many different applications have been successfully transitioned from the lab to the Soldier in the field. In an effort to improve missile health monitoring, Marotta began collaborating with Mohan Sanghadasa, from AMRDEDC’s Weapons Development and Integration Directorate, and Stephen Horowitz, an […]

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

Mobile Tower System delivers life saving upgrades

By Sofia Bledsoe   When Soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed anywhere in the world, in any weather condition and will support both military and civilian air operations. MOTS will also network with other air control and battle-management systems, and complies with Federal Aviation Administration/International Civilian Aviation Organization regulations. The Air Traffic Control Product Office, under the Project Office for Aviation Systems, […]