LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

By Lt. Col. Robert Williams Today’s Army must maintain a steady state of readiness to respond to missions whenever—and wherever—they arise. Since 2003, the U.S. Army’s Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) has enabled the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s (AMC) readiness through improved business processes and advanced capabilities that track and manage production, maintenance, repair and overhaul orders at life-cycle management commands, depots, arsenals and ammunition plants. Through the expanded capabilities delivered by the recent implementation of LMP Increment 2, the system continues to support the Army’s overall readiness posture by ensuring that equipment is manufactured and repaired more quickly and cost effectively. What’s the LMP? The LMP is a powerful and […]

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship marks 10th anniversary

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship marks 10th anniversary

By Kristine Faria Defense Acquisition University’s Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program achieved a significant milestone last month as the 10th class of senior civilian acquisition professionals graduated from the highly competitive leadership and education course. In its 10 years, DAU-SSCF has educated more than 215 students in a 10-month program of study that prepares senior level civilians for key leadership roles and important acquisition leadership positions, including product and project managers and program executive officers. DAU-SSCF traces its origins to May 15, 2006, when Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., then the Director, Army Acquisition Career Management, announced a pilot program for mid-senior-level DA civilians in the Huntsville, Alabama, […]

Army tests enhanced waveform to support future aerial tier

Army tests enhanced waveform to support future aerial tier

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army continues to make the tactical communications network more robust and expeditionary to support today’s complex missions. Recently it demonstrated an enhanced version of the line-of-sight Highband Networking Waveform (HNW), which provides a four-fold increase in throughput over the earlier version and could enable a future network aerial tier to significantly extend the range of operations on the battlefield. “The current HNW 2.0 provides agile, high-bandwidth and long-range line-of-sight connectivity between mobile terrestrial nodes,” said Col. Joseph Ward Roberts, product manager for Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3, which manages the waveform development and testing. […]

Faces of the Force: Matthew Thompson

Faces of the Force: Matthew Thompson

Position and Unit: Supervisory program manager, Utility Monitoring and Control Systems Branch, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama. Years of Service: 4 Certifications: Project Management Professional certification, Project Management Institute Education: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S., aerospace maintenance management, Middle Tennessee State University   Army Corps of Engineers position fills need to serve By Susan L. Follett Matthew Thompson’s acquisition career started with a desire to serve his country. “I served for three years with the Army National Guard as an AH-1 crew chief,” he explained. “I spent seven years on active duty after graduating from college, and separated from active duty in 2005.” He worked as […]

PEO STRI Focuses On Frequent, Open Communication with Industry

PEO STRI Focuses On Frequent, Open Communication with Industry

By Rick Gregory, PEO STRI Strategic Communications Support Staff It has often been said that “the biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” The Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and its contracting arm, the Army Contracting Command – Orlando (ACC-Orlando) have gone to great lengths to ensure that they have an open line of communication with industry—not an illusion thereof. Besides ongoing daily individual engagements with industry representatives, regularly scheduled face-to-face group sessions keep everyone apprised of the status of PEO STRI programs, procurements and opportunities for industry to request updates on future requirements. Industry communication outreach includes the Training […]

Reaching For The Cloud

Reaching For The Cloud

As ubiquitous as ‘the cloud’ is in the commercial world, that is not the case with the Army because of security requirements. But an Army cloud is not far away and offers significant benefits for sustainment and cost-savings—and the information Soldiers need. by Col. John E. Rozsnyai The keys to sound decision-making and effective action are good information—perhaps with a few specialized tools and services thrown in to help make sense of it all—and reliable communications. This is true no matter where you are or what you are doing—on the battlefield or in the office, conducting major combat operations, responding to a humanitarian crisis, training or planning. Today, communications, the […]

Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Laser Weapons Will Protect Forward Operating Bases as part of an effort to save Soldier from incoming enemy attacks such as missiles, mortars and artillery. by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army is planning to deploy laser weapons able to protect Forward Operating Bases (FOB) by rapidly incinerating and destroying approaching enemy drones, artillery rounds, mortars and cruise missiles, service leaders told ScoutWarrior. Forward-deployed soldiers in places like Afghanistan are familiar with facing incoming enemy mortar rounds, rockets and gunfire attacks; potential future adversaries could launch drones, cruise missiles, artillery or other types of weapons at FOBs. Adding lasers to the arsenal, integrated with sensors and fire-control radar, could massively […]

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

By Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton and Andrew Davis In a continuing effort to close capability gaps more affordably while spurring advanced manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on April 1 inaugurated the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In December 2014, President Barack Obama identified advanced manufacturing as a key initiative for the future of the American economy by signing the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act into law, thereby formalizing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a multiagency initiative with a core focus on a series of MIIs. Carter is a strong advocate for the president’s […]

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Position and Unit: Chief engineer/technical director, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space Years of Service in Workforce: 19 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in systems engineering; Level II in program management Education: M.S. in engineering and policy and M.S. in management of technology, Washington University in St. Louis; B.S. magna cum laude in engineering physics, University of Tulsa; graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College Officer’s Course Awards: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commendation for Special Act or Service; Department of Defense Graduate Fellowship   Bitten by the missile defense bug By Mary Kate Aylward From the first “explosion in the sky,” […]

June 2016 Hot Topics

June 2016 Hot Topics

  FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center continue to develop and coordinate an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). On May 9, during the State of the Army Acquisition Workforce GO/SES Forum, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson discussed how the HCSP effort helps us prepare and sustain our acquisition professionals for job and mission success. A conference planned for July 28, with stakeholders and experts from across acquisition career fields and organizations, will help us finalize the HCSP […]