Army AL&T magazine editors host pilot writers workshop at PEO C3T

Army AL&T magazine editors host pilot writers workshop at PEO C3T

By Ashley Tolbert ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 13, 2017) — Army AL&T magazine Senior Editor Steve Stark and Editor Mike Bold conducted a newly revamped writers workshop March 31, hosted by the Project Lead for Network Enablers in the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The workshop was a pilot for a new approach by Army AL&T that emphasizes one-on-one interaction. “We’ve held an annual writers workshop for the last four years,” Stark said. “This year we found an opportunity to work very closely with small groups of subject matter experts at Network Enablers.” The organization’s leadership, Project […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James E. Howell III

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James E. Howell III

POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: DA Systems Coordinator (DASC) for Defensive Cyber Operations; Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit; and the Joint Tactical Networking Center YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 23 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisition management, Webster University; master of communications technology, National Radio Examiners; B.S in psychology and political science, Campbell University AWARDS: Bronze Star (3), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge Capitalizing on a […]

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: Army Challenges

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: Army Challenges

Our interview for the April – June Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre—he’s a Ranger vet who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is now a robotics expert at the Center for a New American Security—covered so much good material, but we didn’t want to leave it on the cutting room floor. Here’s Scharre on challenges to automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Army AL&T: If the Army’s main challenge is finding the right places to use robots, automation and AI … what are those places? Scharre: The fundamental problem with automation is that it’s brittle. You can design really specific machine intelligence tools to solve very specific problems, like playing […]

Been There, Done That Preparation for Operational Testing

Been There, Done That Preparation for Operational Testing

Rapid and evolutionary acquisition bring some change to OT, but some things will remain constant—like surprises. by John T. Dillard, Col., USA (Ret.) Many years ago, Dr. Philip E. Coyle III, the long-experienced, former DOD director of operational test and evaluation, cautioned program managers (PMs) about program risk in the new era of evolutionary acquisition, fielding capabilities in sequential increments. What he suggested back then was that even with evolutionary acquisition, we would likely be fully testing each of the system capability blocks individually. In that vein, he presented some salient points about past programs’ readiness for what he called the binary or pass/fail environment of operational testing, and how […]

Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 10, 2017)—The U.S. Army has selected Dr. Donald Reago Jr. to serve as acting director of its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, as the search begins to fill the position left open in the wake of Henry J. Muller Jr.’s retirement. Reago, who was selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2014, previously served as the director of the CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In his previous capacity as NVESD director, Reago was responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in Electro-Optical/Infrared and Countermine/Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices sensors and signal processing. The […]

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: What Lessons?

Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre: What Lessons?

Our interview for the April – June Critical Thinking with Paul Scharre—he’s a Ranger vet who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is now a robotics expert at the Center for a New American Security—covered so much good material, but we didn’t want to leave it on the cutting room floor. Here’s Scharre on DOD’s history of adapting. Army AL&T: What lessons can we draw from DOD’s history of adapting—or not—to new technologies and new ways of fighting? Scharre: It’s a problem for any kind of technology that’s rapidly moving. When we think about the context of acquisition reform, it’s like multiple different pieces. One [piece] is cost issues. […]

Robotics Revolutionary

Robotics Revolutionary

Ex-Army Ranger Paul Scharre, formerly in OSD and now with the Center for a New American Security, fears DOD bureaucratic resistance could the pump brakes on progress in machine intelligence. by Ms. Margaret C. Roth It couldn’t be a much bigger leap from Southwest Asia to downtown Washington yet, for Paul Scharre, the two hardly could be more closely connected. What Scharre experienced as an Army Ranger deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan—his first look at how robots could mitigate the huge toll that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were taking on Soldiers—led him directly to what he’s doing now as a civilian: senior fellow and director of the Future of Warfare […]

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing program, or A-PNT, is advancing technologies to aid GPS when its signal becomes degraded or denied, but executing developmental testing on these capabilities is not always logistically or financially feasible. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is augmenting live testing with modeling and simulation, or M&S, technologies that can better measure how effective PNT technologies perform in the context of the Warfighter’s mission. “For decades, GPS has revolutionized PNT capabilities for Soldiers, but its susceptibility to interference has generated a need for complementary sources of PNT,” said Gina Guiducci, […]

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation is key to identifying the AAW’s civilian future leaders. Perspective from the USAASC Director Craig Spisak Nothing that I or any other leader within the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) does is more important than identifying and developing the AAW’s talent. The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) is one of our best tools for identifying individuals with future leadership potential and documenting that potential. The SRPE provides our civilian acquisition professionals with a view of where opportunities may lie from their senior rater—someone higher up than the person who supervises them on a day-to-day basis. Yes, doing the evaluations is more work for supervisors. But taking […]

Improvements on way for logistics application

Improvements on way for logistics application

By Martin Birchmeier, DLA Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Federal and military logisticians will soon find it easier to search for supply item information, thanks to enhancements to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Federal Logistics Data application known as FED LOG. FED LOG allows users from DOD and other federal agencies, government contractors and NATO or NATO-sponsored countries to obtain official-use-only supply information, including approved item names, manufacturer and distributer data, unit prices and performance characteristics. Later this week, users will notice enhanced features such as new search filters, a simplified batch search and access to historical data. “On the 25th anniversary of the FED LOG application, we are […]