Evolving Innovation

Evolving Innovation

A new look at fostering cutting-edge thinking in Army science and technology   By Lt. Col. Joel Dillon, Dr. Jason Augustyn, Ms. Julia Kim and Mr. Dominic Ju   Science and technology (S&T) innovation is an uncertain road, with “failure” often a step on the path to a breakthrough. However, in a resource-constrained environment, planners must make the smartest possible investments of taxpayer money in S&T programs, balancing risk with the potential for transformational new capabilities. A good place to start striking this balance is at the “fuzzy front end” of innovation, the initial period of exploration preceding the development of new materiel solutions. For many years, the acquisition community […]

A program for our emerging leaders

A program for our emerging leaders

Are you in a GS-7 to 11 (or broadband equivalent) acquisition position and believe you have what it takes to be a future leader? Perhaps the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) is for you. DCELP is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet DOD’s future leadership needs. DCELP is the newest program in the three-fold DOD executive development continuum. Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) builds upon the leadership foundations learned during DCELP for those in GS-12 to 14 positions. The top of the DOD spectrum is the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), for GS-14 and 15s who want or need […]

Getting a Fix on the Future

Getting a Fix on the Future

Even as it closes the books on the longest war in U.S. history, the Army must plan, in difficult circumstances, for what is to come   By Ms. Margaret C. Roth   As the Army draws down to what could be its smallest size in nearly three-quarters of a century, the focus is squarely on the future. So, what does the Army need to do today to get where it wants to be 30 years from now? In a word: Plan. But it’s more complicated than it sounds. A year and a half ago, the Army initiated a new strategic modernization planning process that combines a detailed analysis of investments […]

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

An acquisition officer’s ‘unconventional’ path

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark Talbot   POSITION: Product Manager, Indirect Fire Protection Capability, Increment 2-Intercept UNIT: Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 27 AWARDS: Bronze Star, (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals; (3) Army Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal EDUCATION: : B.S. Environmental Engineering, U.S. Military Academy; M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill DEPLOYMENTS: 2009–2010 Baghdad, Iraq   By Sue Follett Lt. Col. Mark Talbot joined the Army nearly 30 years ago “to be all I could be, as the slogan goes,” he […]

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch Are you delinquent in obtaining your certification? Do you need a course to obtain your current position certification? Are you certified but want to take courses for career enhancement or to fulfill your continuous learning requirements? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 course schedule is now available and it’s time to register for a seat. View the DAU iCatalog for available courses and any required prerequisite(s) requirements. You should plan with your supervisor and ensure coverage from your time away from the office and adequate time to complete prerequisite training. This extra step will […]

NEWS YOU CAN USE

NEWS YOU CAN USE

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 21, 2014) — The May edition of the director, acquisition career management (DACM) newsletter is out now and available at http://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-newsletter/. Get the news you need on career development, new offerings, changes and opportunities. In this issue, meet the new DACM, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, get announcements on upcoming training opportunities and learn how the new DOD finance management certification program will affect U.S. Army Acquisition Workforce professionals. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe

Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations

Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations

By Mr. Chuck Meixner   Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations contributes to regional and global stability, strengthens military support for democratically-elected governments, and limits the spread of transnational threats, including terrorism and trafficking in narcotics, weapons and people. Additionally, security assistance enables key allies and friends to improve their defense capabilities and foster closer military relationships. These relationships strengthen defense capabilities and promote U.S. interests around the world by preparing coalition partners and friendly foreign governments to work toward common security goals and share burdens in joint missions. Increased military capabilities build and strengthen multilateral coalitions with the United States and enable friends and allies to be […]

“A Unified Team”: The newest Army Acquisition Fellowship graduates

“A Unified Team”: The newest Army Acquisition Fellowship graduates

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 19, 2014) — Thirteen members of the 2011 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony at Defense Acquisition University here hosted by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson. “What an amazing success,” said Williamson. “The reason you were identified [for this program] is your ability to learn and grow. Take the experience you’ve had here back with you and find opportunities for others to become the next set of leaders,” he added. The CDG/AAF is a three-year developmental program designed to develop future Army acquisition leaders by offering selected applicants expanded […]

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT BLISS, Texas (May 19, 2014) — Trading Beltway briefings for a Black Hawk and a backpack, Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson visited what he described as one of the Army’s premier installations to highlight one of the service’s top modernization priorities, the tactical communications network. Less than a week after he was formally sworn in for his new position, the Army’s second-highest-ranking civilian leader toured the site of the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 here, Thursday, and reiterated the importance of a robust, flexible network to ensure information dominance for future missions. “As we secure our interests throughout the world, we’re […]

Research Resource

Research Resource

Rapid detection devices for pathogen vectors are case study in leveraging small business innovation funding   By Maj. Vanessa R. Melanson   When military forces arrive in a new operational area, military preventive medicine personnel—preventive medicine specialists, entomologists and environmental science engineers—assess the environment, identify health threats and propose mitigations. Vector-borne diseases are one of the primary readiness threats, and the arthropods (insects and arachnids) that transmit pathogens to people account for about 60 percent of the military’s priority pathogens list. Vector pathogen detection (VPD) provides military preventive medicine personnel the information necessary to implement specific vector-control measures and disease prevention countermeasures. VPD can minimize disease by sampling arthropods for […]