Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities The Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) announcement will be open from Aug. 27 to Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are Level III certified in any career field. The CDG/AAF Program is a three-year developmental program that offers assignments in program executive offices and offices of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command; and functional organizations. In addition, the program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/. The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) is the newest […]

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

Todd Kosis Historically, more combat casualties have been attributed to indirect fire weapons than any other means. Today, in the live force-on-force (FOF) training environment, the indirect fire weapon systems and the Soldiers who use them have no way to be included. That is about to change. For the first time, we can put the indirect fire teams directly in the middle of the live FOF training environment, at both their home stations and the Combat Training Centers. In the past, indirect fire teams have been left on the sidelines because they didn’t have a training device to perform their crew duties on indirect fire weapon systems. This new training […]

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

GFEBS Completes Final Step to Full Deployment

Pamella B. Gray At a time of increased scrutiny of government spending, the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is moving forward to transform the way Army manages its finance and real property accounting. On July 1, GFEBS completed the final wave for full deployment to support more than 50,000 customers worldwide by facilitating the management of nearly $140 billion in the General Fund and an additional $80 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds. Previously, the Army’s finances were tracked by multiple systems that were increasingly inefficient, costly, and outdated, some more than 30 years old. To gain visibility over finances and inventories, many Army commands established their own methods […]

Ground Based Sense and Avoid Demonstration Is a Success

Ground Based Sense and Avoid Demonstration Is a Success

Mary Ottman The Army’s Unmanned Systems Airspace Integration Product Directorate, one of eight offices within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office of Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, has conducted a successful demonstration of current Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) capabilities at Dugway Proving Ground, UT. The June 20 demonstration was successful beyond expectations, clearing a major hurdle for testing the capability before the certification process begins. The Army will begin fielding these systems to Gray Eagle UAS training sites in early 2014. In 2008, the Army, designated as the lead service by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense UAS Task Force, began developing technology to allow […]

New Product Office Focuses on Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

New Product Office Focuses on Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Bill Good The U.S. Army, in its continued dedication to modernizing its heavy brigade combat team (HBCT) vehicle fleet, has stood up a new product management office dedicated to fielding the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). At a ceremony in Warren, MI, June 14, LTC Doug Miller assumed the charter of Product Manager for the AMPV program within Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS). The AMPV will be a new family of vehicles designed to replace a portion of the Army’s M113 fleet. “The AMPV will provide the Army heavy brigade combat team with improved maneuverability, force protection, and networking capability. We have recently brought together a fantastic group […]

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bill Good In mid-June, the Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles assigned to units stationed in the Republic of Korea became the latest in the fleet to receive the Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III (BUSK III) upgrades. The BUSK III Modification Work Order (MWO) application began for the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (ID) and U.S. Army Materiel Command prepositioned stocks in January and concluded on June 4, a month ahead of schedule. “The team involved did an amazing job, when you consider the statistics,” said LTC Glenn Dean, Product Manager for Bradley within Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS). “Our BUSK III installation team applied approximately 2,400 total MWOs […]

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Kris Osborn Engineers from the U.S. Army and General Dynamics are making progress designing and implementing Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for Stryker vehicles, focusing on technologies that will provide the platform a stronger engine, improved suspension, more on-board electrical power, and next-generation networking and computing technology. The Army’s fleet of more than 4,187 Strykers includes 10 variants of the flat-bottom platform and an additional seven variants of the double-V hull design. The fleet continues to maintain an overall readiness availability rate of more than 96 percent throughout operations in theater, Army officials said. “We’re taking a leap forward to bring this platform to where it will benefit the Army for […]

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) recently won a 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Best Redesign in the category of Design and Illustration for its work on Army AL&T Magazine, the flagship publication of the Army’s Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) community. The award is given for excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications effectiveness. The twenty-fourth annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, sponsored by the editors of Writer’s Web Watch, are a competition for communication professionals who create print, Web, electronic, and social media products. This year, 3,382 entries were judged. This award closely follows a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Bronze Anvil […]

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Larry D. McCaskill Every four years, people around the globe focus their attention on the Olympic Games. For many, the attraction is watching their national athletes compete to bring home medals for their countries; for others, it’s a dream of one day making the team. For MG Camille M. Nichols, Commanding General (CG), U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC), the games evoke memories of past accomplishments and friendships. A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Women’s Handball Team, Nichols remembers that time fondly. “It was one of the most memorable times of my life,” said Nichols, who was a manager and assistant coach for the Women’s Handball Team. “To work with […]

Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy: Strengthening Partnerships and Supporting the Defense Industrial Base

Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy: Strengthening Partnerships and Supporting the Defense Industrial Base

Chuck Meixner and Chris Mewett Last of three installments from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) Recognizing the dual imperatives of building strong and capable partners to meet global security challenges and a need to adapt to the increasingly difficult fiscal environment facing DoD, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) is working to shape our security cooperation efforts in line with a more proactive approach called the Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy (MEIES). The intent of the MEIES is to move the Army’s relationship with partner nations from its traditional reactive […]