Earth by the numbers

Earth by the numbers

PEO STRI takes a unique approach to tracking modeling and simulation requirements, using Google Earth to communicate visually what a synthetic terrain representation needs to show—clear, detailed requirements generated in a fraction of the time it takes to describe the same needs in a text document. By Mr. Thomas Kehr and Mr. Trey Godwin Each of these entries describes relatively the same location in geographic coordinate space, but without a visual reference or map they can be difficult to decipher. Maps are indispensable tools that help humans understand, in a visual way, important facts about the surface of the Earth. Geographic ­coordinates and maps go hand in hand in establishing […]

Four steps to successful FMS

Four steps to successful FMS

Selling military equipment to allied nations has many benefits—boosting our allies’ capabilities and thereby strengthening U.S. posture; facilitating military cooperation—but it’s a sensitive process that requires careful planning. PM CAS shares its four-step process to successfully handling FMS. By Mr. Peter Burke and Mr. Ted Hom Foreign military sales (FMS) require a tremendous amount of planning, preparation and sensitivity to the customer’s culture, values and needs. But most of all, they require solid communication among all stakeholders. It is easy to identify these tenets, but to execute them is certainly a challenge. The challenge is worth it, though, because FMS build strategic relations, and result in an improved U.S. defense […]

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground TITLE: Lead contract specialist DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 EDUCATION: B.A. in business, Excelsior College Air Force background yields soft landing in Army acquisition By Susan L. Follett Ralph Kaminski is leveraging the skills he acquired during a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force to ensure that Soldiers have the test and assessment services to support developmental and operational testing of weapon systems and other programs. Kaminski’s transition from one service to the other was relatively seamless, he said. His work for the Air Force included supporting local purchase requirements, developing […]

Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Dec. 22, 2015) – The Army is fielding upgrades for its at-the-halt tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T Inc 1), that will increase capability while reducing equipment by a third for a more mobile expeditionary force. In support of the effort, Army contracting specialists serve as the middlemen between the program office that procures the new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and services and the industry contractors who supply it. “Technology changes by the minute, and it’s very important to keep up with that technology to ensure that our Soldiers in theater have the very best that we […]

Tested by austerity

Tested by austerity

Forced by budget constraints to reduce costs, ATEC is applying a comprehensive strategy across developmental and operational testing, incorporating Soldier participation and feedback early in the process for better data. By Col. Stephen Lutsky, Ms. Alicia Thomas and Mr. Michael Dillen Just as the equipment of yesterday will not meet the needs of tomorrow, nor will the traditional way of conducting the test and evaluation (T&E) mission. As the Army continues to focus on modernization and postures to meet the needs of Force 2025, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the Army’s independent T&E component, must be ready to test and evaluate the systems that will provide America’s […]

Ground Truth: Addressing Cybersecurity through Army Lessons Learned

Ground Truth: Addressing Cybersecurity through Army Lessons Learned

By Janet O’May The Army acquisition process not only oversees the development or purchase of new systems but is responsible for the entire life cycle. Acquisition policies pertain to development, purchase, fielding, sustainment and disposal. Similarly, the responsibility for cybersecurity is also required throughout a system’s life cycle. Cyber risk management policies and procedures must be in place throughout all phases to ensure the safety of our warfighters as they employ systems that are increasingly reliant on communications and networks. The Army Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal (ALLP) is a resource for members of the acquisition community to share lessons and best practices. The following are lessons from the ALLP that […]

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs Staff For the first time in course history, sergeants major and command sergeants major attended the Army Contracting Pre-Command Course. Six Army Contracting Command senior non-commissioned officers were the first enlisted Soldiers to complete the two-week course conducted this fall at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. “In cooperation with ACC, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and Army Acquisition Center of Excellence collaboratively decided to offer the Contracting Pre-Command Course to our sergeants major,” explained Lt. Col. Jonathan W. Spurlock, course director. “This mandatory, branch-specific course is designed to fill the needs of lieutenant colonels, colonels and Army civilians who have been designated […]

MRAP Road Map

MRAP Road Map

During the last decade of conflict, MRAPs rolled out of forward operating bases in Diyala and Ghazni and patrolled the streets of Kabul and Baghdad. MRAPs saved lives, protecting coalition troops from IEDs and rocket fire. DOD spent billions on them. Now, the MRAP fleet represents a valuable investment the acquisition community must maintain for the next contingency. To modernize MRAPs in today’s fiscally constrained environment will require innovation. Here, TRADOC’s Maneuver Center of Excellence proposes a strategy. By Mr. Robert “Bob” Thomas, Mr. Thomas Stafford and Mr. Harry Jackson The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) capability is not an anomaly limited to the past decade of unconventional war, but probably will […]

OSBP TAKIN’ CARE OF SMALL BUSINESS

OSBP TAKIN’ CARE OF SMALL BUSINESS

Small business owners and representatives take advantage of face-to-face discussions with Army buyer commands and OSBP small business specialists on how to do business with Army. By Robert E. Coultas The Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) launched its first-ever business matchmaking sessions during a small business seminar conducted at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting Oct. 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Business matchmaking is the nation’s premier public-private initiative supporting procurement opportunities for small businesses in every industry, including those hoping to do commerce with the Army—which can be a daunting trip into the sphere of the unknown for small businesses dealing with the Army for […]

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: Senior program analysis officer DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III, business, cost estimating and financial management; Level III, program management YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 EDUCATION: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in finance, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sometimes it’s tough to be the new guy By Susan L. Follett Like a lot of married people, Kevin Vo has his spouse to thank for his success in the working world, but not in the way you might think. “My wife has worked at Picatinny Arsenal for a long […]