August 2016 Hot Topics

August 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE There are less than two months left for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals to complete the requirement for 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) in a two-year cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact (OAP). The Army DACM Office is responsible for tracking and reporting compliance to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Failure to complete CLPs during the two-year cycle can affect your ability to qualify for Army DACM Office acquisition career development opportunities. AAW ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING While we’re on the topic […]

Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

By Ashley Tolbert NORMAN, Okla. – Soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve gathered on July 21-23 for the Reserve Component Acquisition Training Summit, spending time in workshops and presentations from senior leadership from the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard that stressed the importance of integrating the reserve component and the active component and reinforcing the Total Force Policy within the Army Acquisition Workforce. The Total Force Policy—an ongoing effort to integrate active-duty Soldiers, the Army Reserve and the National Guard into one operational force governed by the same policies and procedures—was originally introduced in 1973 and was most recently revamped in 2012 by […]

Forging a Partnership on the Shop Floor

Forging a Partnership on the Shop Floor

‘America’s cannon factory’ used a public-private partnership to save its skilled workforce from a postwar dip in demand and preserve a critical manufacturing capability in the Army’s organic industrial base. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward DOD has only one source for large-caliber cannons: Watervliet Arsenal, in operation in Watervliet, New York, since 1813. As the home of Army-­designated “critical manufacturing capabilities,” which don’t exist anywhere else in the U.S. industrial base, Watervliet, its forges and the skilled workers who operate them are assets that a commercial supplier simply cannot replace. But the loss of that workforce is exactly what the arsenal faced in 2011 after the wars in Iraq and […]

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 27, 2016) — Nominations are being accepted for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC), presented annually since 1997 to recognize the outstanding contracting efforts of organizations and individuals, civilian and military. These prestigious awards are presented only to those entrants whose accomplishments and abilities elevate them above the best in the field across the Army. The nomination period closes at midnight ET on Sept. 2, and the award winners will be announced in the fall. Nominees must have made or culminated contributions between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, […]

Faces of the Force: Porscha Porter

Faces of the Force: Porscha Porter

Command/Organization: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama Title: Chief, Energy Division Strategy and Business Management Branch Years of Service in Workforce: 11 Education: M.S. in management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, Alabama A&M University DAWIA certifications: Level III in engineering; Level II in program management; Level II in facilities engineering; Level I in test and evaluation. Certified Project Management Professional; member of the Huntsville Project Management Institute and the Society of American Military Engineers. Awards: Women of Color in Technology Rising Star Award; DA Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service   Thanks, Mom By Susan L. Follett Around the acquisition and contracting […]

Calibrating collaboration with industry

Calibrating collaboration with industry

Tasked with delivering ammunition for weapons ranging from handguns to tanks, PM MAS customizes strategies and partnerships with the private sector to develop the best solutions for the warfighter. by Col. Moises M. Gutierrez, Lt. Col. John Todd Masternak, Mr. Christopher R. Seacord and Lt. Col. Kyle A. McFarland From the handgun ammo supplier who straddles the commercial demand-driven market to the unique, military-only tank ammunition supplier who must rely on foreign military sales to retain market competitiveness, each segment of the DOD direct fire ammunition portfolio demands different, multiprong, process-driven strategies to gain the best value and profit while maintaining product overmatch. The project manager for maneuver ammunition systems […]

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

by Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 20, 2016) – The call for nominations for the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open, and will end at midnight ET on Sept. 2. Featuring a few tweaks from last year, the program provides an opportunity to recognize the very best of the Army Acquisition Workforce, and to highlight how their efforts help their organizations and the acquisition community as a whole. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology revamped the 2016 awards so that they’re more closely aligned with the functions of today’s Army Acquisition Workforce. T better centralize […]

It’s About Time—All of It

It’s About Time—All of It

When GPS goes out, the chip-scale atomic clock may be coming to the rescue. by Mr. John Delcolliano and Mr. Paul Olson Accurate time is crucial to our military. It enables all the warfighting functions of an expeditionary force: radio communications, network synchronization, information gathering, weapon systems, manned and unmanned systems, maneuvers, fires, electronic warfare and all types of sensors. In addition to relying on the positioning capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS), many Army systems use GPS, which was developed by the U.S. military, for its highly accurate time. That’s because if you know where you were 10 seconds ago, you can determine where you are now based […]

Open Source Big Data

Open Source Big Data

PEO EIS and ARCYBER found something interesting in analyzing the government’s off-the-shelf big data systems: Nearly all are built using high-quality, open-source software. With a similar, government-owned platform, DOD would no longer pay high licensing fees. It could increase the competitive playing field and make all of its big data analytics work together. by Maj. Isaac J. Faber and Ms. Elissa Zadrozny Big data analytics—the process of examining massive data sets containing a variety of data types to uncover hidden patterns, correlations and other strategic business and operational information—is among the hottest trends in information technology and one of the Army’s highest priorities. The Army chief information officer/G-6 (CIO/G-6), in […]

Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Find the best resource for current career opportunities, upcoming program announcements and Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the July issue of the DACM Newsletter, now available on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center DACM Newsletter (USAASC) website. Among the news in this month’s issue is an update on the AAW’s progress toward the statutory mandate of earning 80 continuous learning points over a two-year period that ends in September. (Spoiler alert: Compliance is at an impressive 98 percent.) The July issue also spells out the latest on the Human Capital Strategic Plan and reviews the nuts and bolts of the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship […]