Testing, Tested

Testing, Tested

USAOTC looks to streamline testing and get new products to Soldiers in less time and at a lower cost By CPT Lev L. Mazères Every test effort faces its own set of challenges—the Air Soldier System (Air SS) included—but through creative problem-solving, a team from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) delivered a thorough operational test (OT) that has positioned the evaluation effort for success as the Air SS Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team prepares for an initial operational test (IOT) in late summer 2015. USAOTC executed a series of test events over the course of two months last summer, in support of Product Manager (PdM) Air […]

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

By David Vergun WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2015) — Global Combat Support System-Army, or GCSS-Army, “is clearly the game-changer in logistics,” said Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, announcing that the “second wave” of GCSS-Army, which launched in January, is in full swing. Perna, deputy chief of staff, G-4, delivered opening remarks for the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare-sponsored Hot Topics: “Strategic Sustainment for a Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army.” GCSS-Army will increase better buying power, he said, as well as produce more timely, precise and effective information needed by the warfighter to move, track, maintain and account for equipment and supplies. Once […]

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

Army acquisition career news featured in Army DACM newsletter

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 4, 2015) — Members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW) can access updated career news and information in the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter published by the director, acquisition career management (DACM). Produced by the Army DACM Office since 2012, the publication highlights current career news, development opportunities, new offerings, policy changes and updates relevant to the AAW. “We are really focused on supporting the workforce by serving as their one-stop shop for everything career-related,” said Diane Murtha, concept and policy development chief in the Army DACM Office. “This newsletter is a primary vehicle for us to provide regular news and information […]

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T staff writer MCLEAN, Va. (June 3, 2015) — Recognizing that cyber threats demand new approaches to acquisition and requirements, the Army is establishing a holistic effort up front as it addresses emerging challenges and operationalizes the cyber domain. The Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day, held on May 28 in McLean, Va., emphasized this collective tactic by bringing in industry and academia to meet with representatives from the Army cyber community to discuss requirements, expected funding profiles, the creation of a Cyber Innovation Challenge, and the possible establishment of a cyber consortium. Presenters also laid out the current cyber environment and emerging cyber gaps. “In cyberspace […]

ASA(ALT) launches second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

ASA(ALT) launches second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 1, 2015) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the second annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues. “It is important that members of the acquisition workforce and other interested individuals drive the dialogue about meeting and overcoming challenges in delivering capabilities to our Soldiers now and in the future,” said Williamson. “This writing competition was created to allow members of the acquisition community to tell their own stories to internal and […]

Army DACM Office efforts echo senior Army leader direction

Army DACM Office efforts echo senior Army leader direction

Recently, senior Army leaders published two tri-signed memos: Army Civilians – A Critical Component of the Army Total Force, highlighting the importance of two-way communication between supervisors and employees; and Army Supervisor – Employee Engagement, which provides leaders with focused areas to improve communication. These messages highlight strategic components of the Army DACM’s talent management initiatives, which include both individual and leader accountability. Talent management challenges are complex and sustainment of the AAW depends upon the investment we make today. We must use the tools, processes and programs currently in place to ensure we develop our workforce. There is no substitute for proactive, day-to-day personnel development and management. It is […]

NPI Lifesaving Possibilities

NPI Lifesaving  Possibilities

USAMRMC’s NPI website has encouraged innovative products for nine years, and a major upgrade will improve on that By LTC Felicia D. Langel, Ms. Amanda Cecil and Ms. Jean M. Shinbur Some of the best product ideas originate outside the government, which is why acquisition personnel at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) stood up the New Products and Ideas (NPI) website at http://mrmc-npi.amedd.army.mil to learn about innovations developed by commercial vendors that the Army could adopt to assist the warfighter. Since 2006, this website has collected and channeled more than 1,250 fresh ideas in areas as wide-ranging as combat casualty care, military operational medicine, medical chemical […]

Next-Gen Command Post

Next-Gen Command Post

Winning in a complex world calls for an increase in both Soldier capability and adaptability—and a leaner, more mobile, expeditionary command post By LTC Joel Babbitt, LTC Jack “Shane” Taylor and MAJ James E. Howell The typical brigade command post (CP) of the past decade looked something like this: hundreds of feet of wires and cables, a deluge of transit cases and cumbersome tents—all requiring an entire day and a platoon of Soldiers to assemble. Now, advanced technology and improved acquisition approaches are enabling the Army to transform yesterday’s command posts so they are leaner and more agile to support an expeditionary force, a major DA operational priority. The acquisition community […]

Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

By Charles Parsons, Army Program Office, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support Soldiers laud the ballistic protection Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles provide them against underbody threats, but now a brand-new MRAP feature — the first of its kind for the Army — will help maximize Warfighter safety and survivability. Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerized technology designed to improve vehicle stability and has been common in commercial automobiles for more than a decade. Thanks to a development effort initiated in 2010 by the U.S. Army’s Program Office for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (APO MRAP), the entire MaxxPro Family of MRAPs […]

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 19, 2015): When two organizations merge, they can’t miss a beat in meeting the demands of their customers – especially when those customers are Soldiers. Recognizing the one year anniversary this month, the combination of the Army’s Mission Command (PM MC) and Joint-Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) product offices has proven to be the right partnership to deliver modernized command post and mounted capabilities to the force. “Instead of having two organizations developing approaches on how to do mission command in their unique environments, we are now defining one holistic approach,” said Col. Michael Thurston, project manager for Mission Command. “When you do the […]