HCSP virtual town hall a big success

HCSP virtual town hall a big success

With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included: Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields. Understanding selection board ratings and determinations. Mentoring. Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate. Employee […]

Critical Thinking: ‘At the Nuclear Brink’

Critical Thinking: ‘At the Nuclear Brink’

William J. Perry, secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, discusses acquisition reform, program managers and his worries about a nuclear catastrophe. When President Bill Clinton asked William J. Perry to be his secretary of defense, Perry, then deputy secretary of defense, initially turned him down. Clinton’s first pick to succeed Les Aspin, Adm. Bobby Inman, had suddenly taken himself out of consideration. Perry decided to decline the job after “anguished discussion” with his wife, Lee. Together, they thought that the bright public spotlight would be too much for them, Perry writes in his memoir-cum-call to action, “My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.” At the time, Perry, who turns 89 […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert DiLalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command TITLE: Supervisory general engineer and team leader, Infantry Combat Equipment Team YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 13 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level II in program management EDUCATION: M.S in engineering management, Tufts University; B.S in mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst AWARDS: Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation; Specialty Professional of the Year Award; Greater Boston Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government; Commanders Award for Civilian Service Thinking differently to keep Soldiers protected By Susan L. Follett In his 13 years in acquisition, Robert DiLalla […]

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. […]

Investing in People

Investing in People

By valuing individual and group potential, the Human Capital Strategic Plan points the way to success for the Army Acquisition Workforce From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Human capital, talent, human resources, personnel, staff—these are all names that we use to describe the workforce inside an organization. But what’s in a name? It’s not so much the terminology but rather the evolving mindset behind the organization’s operations that count. That mindset must take a more holistic view of the workforce, individually and collectively. It must consider their knowledge, talent, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence, training, judgment and wisdom. When people are valued and treated as assets rather than expenses, […]

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

By Ellen Crown, US Army Medical Materiel Agency Public Affairs Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West and Army Medical Department Civilian Corps Chief Gregg Stevens presented the 2016 4th quarter Army Medicine Wolf Pack award to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Total Lifecycle Management Team during a ceremony at Fort Detrick, Maryland, Oct. 11. The Wolf Pack award recognizes an integrated team of military and civilian members whose accomplishments demonstrate excellence and effective teamwork resulting in significant products or services with the potential for broad impact in support of Army Medicine. The Total Lifecycle Management team was comprised of 20 military and civilian employees from […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Department of the Army systems coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; Level III in test and evaluation; Level I in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.S. in management, University of Maryland University College; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Delaware AWARDS: U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Certificate in Recognition of Achievement; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; DA Commendation for Exemplary Performance and Outstanding Achievement A front-row participant in the acquisition process By Susan L. Follett Looking for a little motivation? Consider Aladrian […]

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

The Human Capital Strategic Plan: What does it mean for you? by Ms. Joan L. Sable Shaped by two important factors—the Army priority of readiness and the Army acquisition executive’s philosophy of people, products and processes—the U.S. Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has spent the past several months building the Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), formalizing processes to sustain an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) that can provide our Soldiers with world-class equipment and services, now and in the future. The HCSP emphasizes people as the enablers for the competencies, commitment and values that position the AAW to best contribute to mission readiness. It is this strategic focus […]

Acquisition as a Team Sport

Acquisition as a Team Sport

From the Director, Acquisition Career Management Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson To deliver complex capabilities to the warfighter takes a lot of different players, all focused on the same mission. We often hear that “people make a difference” and “relationships matter.” Well, in Army acquisition those statements are the very foundation of successful programs. Strong leadership, clear communication, focused teamwork and the resulting bonds of trust—within the program office and with stakeholders—are vital in procuring and fielding capabilities that enable our warfighters to fight and win decisively. There are many success stories about meeting the needs of our warfighters through teamwork. One that comes quickly to mind is the Joint […]

Seizing the Advantage

Seizing the Advantage

Building on lessons from OIF and OEF and taking a page from an Air Force playbook, the Army is creating a Rapid Capabilities Office to address new threats. by Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie and Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt They came in a trickle, and then in a flood: operational needs statements from troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking for new equipment to adapt to the changing fight. The Army stepped up to the plate, delivering a slew of quick reaction capabilities that improved lethality and survivability. From the Joint Network Node – ­Network and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle to a multitude of systems for […]