Swapping Intel

Swapping Intel

Strengthening ties with the intelligence community From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center How well do the acquisition and intelligence communities synchronize their efforts, coordinate their activities and communicate to each other what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and why? That question was an underlying theme when U.S. Army senior leaders met Sept. 15-16, 2016, for the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) Summit at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The NGIC, part of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, provides scientific and technical intelligence as well as general military intelligence on foreign ground forces. As you […]

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

By Scott Sundsvold, PM I3MP FORT BELVOIR – The Product Manager for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PdM I3MP) has completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization effort for the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. “This modernization effort delivers the foundational Installation Capability Set that will connect this critical Army facility with the Army network for the next 10 to 20 years,” said Brendan Burke, product manager for PdM I3MP Assistant Product Manager Alberto Dominguez led the $7.44 million effort for PdM I3MP, completing it on Dec. 15, 2016. Dominguez and his team, known as Assistant Project Manager for Installation Capability Sets – […]

Robots Must Flex Their Minds for Muscle Memory

Robots Must Flex Their Minds for Muscle Memory

Rosie the robot learns about the world, with help from a plethora of ARL-designed sensors by Dr. Joseph Conroy and Mr. Earl Jared Shamwell If you ever watched “The Jetsons,” an animated sitcom (1963-1964) about a family living in fictional Orbit City in the 2060s, you likely remember the iconic depiction of a futuristic utopia complete with flying cars and robotic contraptions to take care of many human needs. Robots, such as sass-talking housekeeper Rosie, could move through that world and perform tasks ranging from the mundane to the highly complex, all with human-like ease. In the real world, however, robotic technology has not matured so swiftly. What will it […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Chad Braun

Faces of the Force: Mr. Chad Braun

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville TITLE: Senior project engineer/civil engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in contracting; Level II in facilities engineering EDUCATION: B.S. in civil engineering, Tennessee Technological University AWARDS: Commanders Certificate of Appreciation, Emergency Management Debris Mission Subject Matter Expert; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Gen. Thomas Bostick Certificate of Appreciation Award for Excellence in Contract Administration; LRN Construction Management Excellence Award; Commanders Certificate of Appreciation, Emergency Management Debris Mission, Hurricane Katrina   Engineering skills dovetail with emergency management projects By Susan L. Follett It’s not often you hear someone say, “I have a passion for deploying […]

Then & Now: Setting a Pacer for Acquisition

Then & Now: Setting a Pacer for Acquisition

By Mr. Robert E. Coultas and Ms. Susan L. Follett The seeds of the now-ubiquitous integrated product team took root some 20 years ago, producing a major shift in mindset and program management. Everything has to start somewhere, and that includes the processes that underpin acquisition today. The integrated product teams (IPTs) now so prevalent in program offices were a novel idea back in 1996, when Army AL&T’s predecessor publication featured a success story from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) about its use of a process called Pacer to speed fielding of vital communications equipment. CECOM’s approach was a response to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry’s call for […]

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Central management of medical materiel keeps four fully stocked combat support hospitals at the ready. by Maj. Nikki L. Davis More than a dozen years of combat have offered many lessons learned for Army medicine. As a medical materiel life cycle manager, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) has learned that every equipping decision has to be both affordable—including life cycle logistics costs—and cost-effective in addressing the known capability gaps. Over-procurement of medical materiel to close a specific gap may reduce our ability to close other gaps and support today’s expeditionary Army. One way we achieve greater and sustainable medical readiness is through centralized management of high-value, high-volume materiel. […]

No One Would Be More Proud

No One Would Be More Proud

The namesake of the Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing cherished the talent, creativity and expertise of the defense acquisition workforce. by Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson The Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing showcase the tremendous talent, creativity and expertise within the defense acquisition workforce and throughout the larger community of stakeholders with whom we work. Designed to influence the public dialogue about Army acquisition through critical thinking and writing, the thoughtful and insightful articles, essays and opinion pieces that were submitted have been instrumental in shaping our message and driving the discussion, both internally to the Army and DOD and […]

Faces of the Force: Capt. Raven Cornelius

Faces of the Force: Capt. Raven Cornelius

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Acquisition Center TITLE: Contract specialist YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 3.5 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 10.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: MBA in finance, Columbia Southern University; B.A. in liberal arts, Hays State University; A.A. in management, Portland Community College AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Accommodation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon (4), NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, Expeditionary Contracting Command Contingency Contracting Officer […]

Getting to Work

Getting to Work

None of what the Army Rapid Capabilities Office does can be found in a requirements document, so the office’s director of operations, Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, provides an overview and answers to questions about how strategic demand drives its battle rhythm and ground rules. “The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” Written by the legendary Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu, these words are 2,500 years old, yet they speak […]

Deter and Defeat

Deter and Defeat

Fifteen years of irregular warfare took a toll on the capabilities needed to defeat a peer competitor. So, when a recent RAND Corp. study prompted stunning headlines, it was nothing that the Army didn’t already know. Through war games and studies, the Army has sought to identify how best to align resources to address the current threat landscape. by Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson and Lt. Gen. John M. Murray Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, is famously blunt about his priorities—and the tension between them. Today readiness is indisputably his No. 1, but in a constrained fiscal environment it crowds out resourcing […]