Army seeks innovation at summit

Army seeks innovation at summit

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 6, 2016) — The U.S. Army seeks new ideas as it holds a second summit to inspire innovation. Military and civilian leaders, scientists and engineers gathered for a two-day conference at APG’s Mallet Hall, April 5-6. “We live in a complex world with complex threats,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. “To recommend innovative solutions, we must prioritize our needs.” Wharton, the host of the event, welcomed representatives from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, other Army Materiel Command major subordinate commands and technology leaders from across the […]

Army selects acquisition product and project directors

Army selects acquisition product and project directors

By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Nineteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the fiscal year 2016 product and project director centralized selection boards held Jan. 14 and Feb. 3, 2016, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This was the second year for a product director centralized selection board and the first year for the project director centralized selection board. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 24 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product and project directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM, and the […]

People, Products and Processes

People, Products and Processes

AAE committed to Better Buying Power, funding R&D and supporting the workforce From the Army Acquisition Executive The Honorable Katrina McFarland Since its inception, the United States Army has answered the call to protect our nation and safeguard our way of life. We are the greatest land force the world has ever known. We demonstrate our strength when we adapt to rise against evolving threats, and we are always ready for our next mission—whenever and wherever it may be. The Army Acquisition Corps, in turn, has a duty we hold sacred: to design, deliver and sustain the critical enabling capabilities our Soldiers need for mission success so that our Army […]

April 2016 Hot Topics

April 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office continue efforts to develop and staff an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). Human capital planning is our systematic and collaborative process for looking forward to anticipate workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. Ongoing efforts include final design of the HCSP for staffing and approval in April 2016, and then communicating and collaborating on the HCSP with […]

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

by Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 1, 2016) — Before his recent trip to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenged the Pentagon to “innovate and think outside our five-sided box.” The Army did just that this week, venturing into the heart of the tech industry to engage vendors on the leading edge of cyber capabilities. “This event is definitely about how we work together to solve problems,” said Ronald W. Pontius, deputy to the commanding general for U.S. Army Cyber Command. “The Army is continuing to build a world-class cyber mission force that adapts faster than our adversaries, and the Cyber Innovation Challenge keeps us in […]

Army AL&T ready to read

Army AL&T ready to read

By Mary Kate Aylward Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 30, 2016) – The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is online now, and it’s two in one. The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine on sustainment is just the beginning. First up, experts from the acquisition, logistics and technology fields delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Then, flip the magazine over and find a different cover and a special 54-page section on Army acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with NATO and the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process, and fund […]

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 29, 2016) — For military operations, getting information quickly and analyzing it in real time is critical. Each minute counts as Soldiers wait for their orders. Using radios, associated waveforms and applications that serve as a “mid-tier” in the tactical network, Soldiers at the company level can talk and chat, collaborate and share reports and send data to battalion and brigade, linking the Lower Tactical Internet with the Upper Tactical Internet. The Army plans to assess the capabilities of the mid-tier at Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.2, which runs from May 2-14. Held at Fort Bliss, Texas, NIEs enable the […]

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

By Chris Erbe FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The Defense Logistics Agency took to the road, traveling to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in support of the Warfighter Support Initiative, March 22-23. DLA employees from 11 divisions brought face-to-face engagement to the logistics community of Fort Bragg and other military installations, to educate and inform them about how to better use DLA’s services and capabilities. Over the two days, a group of about 35 DLA employees occupied the Fort Bragg Catering and Conference Center, where they educated customers about the agency’s ordering systems, supply chains, products and services and provided opportunities for customer feedback. The group represented DLA’s six primary level field […]

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Position and Unit: Chief, Interior Design Section, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Years of Service: 8 DAWIA Certification: Level III in facilities engineering Awards: Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center Senior Leadership Development Fellow; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interior Designer of the Year Education: B.S. in building science and architecture, Auburn University Furnishing a connection By Susan L. Follett Most of us have logged a few minutes at the local furniture store or spent some time wandering through the aisles of home improvement stores. But when it comes to interior design purchases, Carol Elder probably has everyone beat: As section chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

PM MAS partners with small businesses to develop the next generation of small caliber ammunition, designed to reduce the weight by up to 30 percent. by Ms. Natasha Owens When it comes to small caliber ammunition acquisition, many instinctively think of large ammunition production companies manufacturing massive quantities of tactical and training ammunition. For the past five years, the production levels of the 7.62 mm caliber ammunition alone have consistently exceeded 160 million rounds annually. Meeting the high-volume production levels for small caliber ammunition is challenging for small companies, to say the least. The Army has taken great strides to partner with small companies to develop small caliber ammunition technologies […]