History in the Making

History in the Making

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Every edition of the U.S. Army Weapon Systems handbook since 1989 is now available in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s new online archive. Since 1989, the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook has served as a critical reference document that informs key stakeholders and audiences—primarily Congress—about high-priority Army acquisition programs in a comprehensive and understandable format, while presenting essential information reflecting the strategic context in which the Army operates. Each handbook provides critical information through visual and written program profiles that describe each system’s purpose, capability, program status, projected activities and interdependencies with other key systems. Many of the systems from the first […]

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

TRADOC CG GEN David G. Perkins discusses meaning and challenges of new Army Operating Concept A generation of Army officers grew up knowing exactly who the enemy was. Clear lines divided the world into enemy and ally, closed and open, communist and free. The United States made a move, and the Soviet Union countered; the Soviets designed one kind of weapon system, and the United States differentiated its systems accordingly, constantly seeking an edge—until the stalemate cracked and the Soviet bloc walls came down, taking with them the assumptions underpinning Army doctrine. A younger generation knew another, more amorphous enemy, harder to pin down on a map: terrorism. The dividing […]

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

By Courtney N. Cashdollar, PdM P2E Public Affairs U.S. and Korean forces are in the midst of a military transformation process that represents some of the most profound changes to the alliance since the Korean War. And behind that transformation is a team from Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E), providing and sustaining the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems and services for classified and unclassified joint and coalition networks that are part of the Yongsan Relocation Plan, Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP). The transformation is part of a strategic alliance between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) to relocate U.S. troops on the Yongsan Peninsula […]

CERDEC improves training for Vigilant Pursuit

CERDEC improves training for Vigilant Pursuit

By Kristen Kushiyama, RDECOM CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (January 26, 2015) – U.S. Army researchers have improved training for Soldiers on a quick-reaction intelligence capability to better support the system in the field and potentially reduce reliance on reach-back and in-field contractor support. NCOs from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Center (RDECOM CERDEC) have expanded the training that Soldiers receive on Vigilant Pursuit, a multi-intelligence system designed to reduce the time it takes to properly identify and take down a high-value target. Vigilant Pursuit combines human intelligence and signals intelligence capabilities, or respectively, HUMINT and SIGINT, to provide Soldiers with information to identify […]

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

Faces of the Force: James C. Risner

POSITION: Pentagon Liaison, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 31 (3 years in the Marine Corps; 28 years as an Army civilian) AWARDS: Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2), Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), 2002 Award for Excellence in Ammunition Management (GS-14/15) EDUCATION: M.S. in management, Florida Institute of Technology; Certificate of Advanced Studies in public administration, Syracuse University; B.S. in criminal justice and B.A. in public administration, Truman State University Opening the Door to Opportunities By Susan L. Follett When opportunity knocks, you have to open the door. Some people, like Jim Risner, just go on out to the front porch and […]

Always Connected

Always Connected

Satellite communications network enables more expeditionary Army to move beyond the FOB By Mr. Darren LeBlanc For the past 13 years, much of the Army fought from forward operating bases (FOBs). The FOBs housed command posts with well-established network infrastructure, which served as an information “home base” for troops between patrols. That approach was well-suited to the operational environment and counterinsurgency mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, but future contingencies and support operations—even the current Ebola response mission in West Africa—demand more flexibility. Command posts must be smaller and more agile to support rapid deployment. Forces must be able to connect to critical information while en route to a developing situation. Network […]

Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

ACCESS AL&T talks to DARPA about standing conventional wisdom on its head As the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) communications staff was exploring the issues surrounding Force 2025 and Beyond, we wanted input from that most futuristic part of DOD, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is renowned for its many breakthroughs and technological disruptions. ACCESS AL&T spoke to Dr. Bradford Tousley, who has been director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at DARPA since January 2013. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester. After a distinguished military […]

Faces of the Force: Rod Faulk

Faces of the Force: Rod Faulk

POSITION: System Acquisition Manager for the Joint Assault Bridge UNIT: Product Manager Bridging, Project Manager Force Projection, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 as an Army civilian, 5 as an Army contractor and 31 with the Army Reserve AWARDS: Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal (9), Army Achievement Medal (2), Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Citation (2), Order of the Marechaussee; Distinguished Alumni Award, Western Michigan University […]

PEO CS&CSS singled out with Army Superior Unit Award

PEO CS&CSS singled out with Army Superior Unit Award

By Rae Higgins, PEO CS&CSS Strategic Communication Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh has honored the Army’s Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) with the Army Superior Unit Award for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service” during Fiscal Year 2013. PEO CS&CSS is headquartered in Warren, Mich., and is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. More than 1,000 military and civilian employees assigned to five project offices and 25 product offices in Warren, Huntsville, Ala., Natick, Mass., and Fort Belvoir, Va., direct and coordinate the life cycle management of hundreds […]

Industry Insight

Industry Insight

Looking beyond the ‘bathtub’ toward 2025 and beyond By Mr. Mark Signorelli Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series of viewpoints from industry on how it can work with the Army and DOD to preserve essential capabilities for the warfighter. As the defense industry experiences the most challenging environment of the past three decades, we are forced to look to the future. We see the bottom of a sizable bathtub directly in front of us. A mere eight years ago, the defense industry was at its peak; today, our combat vehicle industrial base is at its lowest levels in our production history. In 2008, during the war […]