MilUniversity adds to Army online learning opportunities

MilUniversity adds to Army online learning opportunities

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A new learning portal provides enhanced training and access to Department of Defense professional networking tools. Developed by the Army’s Military Technical (MilTech) Solutions Office, milUniversity bridges the gap between how people prefer to learn — those who enjoy attending training classes, but may have questions afterward, and those who prefer to learn at their own pace by reading text and viewing videos. “At the end of the day, people want to learn how to use each of these tools to make their jobs easier and better,” said Claudia DeCarlo, deputy director of MilTech, which is assigned to the Program Executive […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Even in the face of significant fiscal constraints, our acquisition workforce still has statutory requirements to meet. Therefore, we will still be offering many of our Acquisition Education, Training and Experience (AETE) opportunities. In addition, the Hon. Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense, published a memorandum (“Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives”) on March 13, 2013. In that memorandum, he states we “must continue acquisition workforce initiatives centrally funded by…the DAWDF [Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund]. These initiatives include…DAWDF initiatives to bolster and sustain the quality of the acquisition workforce. Quality initiatives include training, development, recruitment, and retention initiatives.” Below are three of our programs that […]

Working to ensure mission readiness

Working to ensure mission readiness

Faces of the Force: Master Sgt. Cynthia Perryman   POSITION: Senior Enlisted Advisor UNIT: 918th Contingency Contracting Battalion (CCB), Fort Carson, Colo. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: Army active duty (13 years); Alabama Army National Guard (10 years) DEPLOYMENTS: Kuwait, 1991; Iraq, 2004; Afghanistan, 2010 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals (4) EDUCATION: B.A. General Studies, Selma University   By Susan L. Follett and Tara A. Clements   From logistician to contracting officer, Master Sgt. Perryman’s drive is fueled by her passion to take care of Soldiers—providing them what they need, when they need it […]

Army engineers enhance EOD Soldiers’ safety with ‘batwings’

Army engineers enhance EOD Soldiers’ safety with ‘batwings’

By Daniel Lafontaine   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army engineers in Afghanistan recently designed and fabricated a tool to help Soldiers investigate possible improvised explosive devices from a safer distance. Capt. Chad M. Juhlin, commander of the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), said his Soldiers needed an attachment for use with the iRobot 310-SUGV when searching for IEDs. The iRobot’s explosive ordnance disposal capabilities were limited, requiring Soldiers to operate close to the potential hazards. The forward deployed engineering cell from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, took on the challenge. The RDECOM Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center developed the first iteration […]

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

By Lt. Col. Keith Taylor   One of the things that makes the Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) so valuable is that the Soldiers judging equipment are not part of a so-called “test unit,” but an operational brigade combat team, but that’s also one of the things that makes the NIEs so difficult. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) still has all of the responsibilities of a typical BCT: arms proficiency, physical training tests, developing the junior enlisted into noncommissioned officers and carrying out all of their standard training. At the same time, the Army requires them to learn and evaluate dozens of sophisticated communications systems, […]

Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Transforming military operations by advancing communications

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. (P) Robert M. Collins     POSITION: Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia and Kosovo, 2000; Iraq, 2005 AWARDS: Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Army Service Ribbon EDUCATION: B.A. Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University; M.S. Human Resource Management, Oklahoma University; M.A. Information Systems, Webster University   By […]

Army wins top award for innovation

Army wins top award for innovation

By Claire Heininger   ARLINGTON, Va. (April 30, 2013) — The U.S. Army has been named one of the world’s most innovative research organizations, after earning more than 300 patents for new technologies in a three-year period. The Army joins the ranks of private companies such as 3M, Apple, AT&T, Dow Chemical, DuPont and General Electric as one of the 2012 Top100 Global Innovators named by Thomson Reuters, the multimedia and information conglomerate. The U.S. Navy was also named, making the two service branches the first government agencies to make the list. “This recognition is shared with the members of our Army Science and Technology community who perform research relevant […]

AcqBusiness rolls out the Army Acquisition Dashboard

AcqBusiness rolls out the Army Acquisition Dashboard

By Carla Faison   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – For the last year and a half, the AcqBusiness program office has been hard at work prototyping, developing and piloting an executive dashboard to support the Army acquisition community. The Army Acquisition Dashboard (AAD) provides Army acquisition leaders with critical data from the program executive office level down to the program level including associated assessments, contracts, funding, risks, and schedules. The goal is to leverage outputs from existing authoritative data sources to allow for consistent views across programs to Acquisition community senior leadership. “The Army Acquisition Dashboard introduces a fundamental change to how Army Acquisition Leaders manage and convey information,” said Mr. […]

From Smartphones to satellites: Soldiers use new network preparing for advise and assist mission

From Smartphones to satellites: Soldiers use new network preparing for advise and assist mission

By Claire Heininger   FORT DRUM, N.Y. (April 22, 2013) — For Staff Sgt. Stephen Kovac, getting important information and instructions to the rest of his platoon was a struggle. He could radio back to higher headquarters and wait for the calls to filter back down, losing precious seconds during an operation. Or, he said, he could “yell and scream back to the rear, use hand and arm signals, anything possible to get it across.” That was before Kovac began training with Capability Set (CS) 13, an integrated tactical network that extends digital communications down to the lowest echelons. “Using CS 13, you can send reports and you can see […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Congratulations to DAU, as well as the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) staff, for recently having our fellowship awarded Senior Service College equivalency by the Army G-3. Our fellowship is the first civilian fellowship to be granted equivalency. DAU-SSCF is now an official Military Education Level 1 (MEL-1) training program. Our goal for the past three years while working toward this was to be able to have DAU-SSCF recognized on the same level as the U.S. Army War College and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formally ICAF). School of Choice We will not be […]