PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program initiates the Home-Station Mission Command Centers’ procurement and initial installation in the fourth quarter of FY16 to support the Army chief information officer’s HSMCC initiative. By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Referred to as a “tech refresh,” the hardware procurement and installation projects at the first Home Station Mission Command Centers (HSMCC) sites, managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in cooperation the Army’s chief information officer, will accelerate the standardized command post design envisioned for the future Army. The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PD I3MP) will manage […]

Open Source Advantages are Magnifying in the Army

Open Source Advantages are Magnifying in the Army

ARL releases its first open source software and explores the options, benefits and challenges of making similar releases in the future by Mr. Joshua Edwards Army computer science innovators have started peeling away the barriers to publicly releasing software from the military to the open source community. This means that users around the world will have the ability to see and modify the actual code of those government projects to suit their needs, and potentially pass those changes back to the Army if they prove useful. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) made its first open source release—Dshell, a network forensics analysis framework for security analysts to easily read and […]

Wounded veterans and service members learn more than just fly fishing

Wounded veterans and service members learn more than just fly fishing

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Dec. 9, 2016) — More than 70 veterans, volunteers and support staff attended Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Sixth Annual Fly Fest Dec. 2-4. This annual event gives veterans and disabled service members an opportunity to fly fish with volunteer guides at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in Cabins, West Virginia. PHWFF is a private, nonprofit program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military service members and veterans through fly-fishing education and events. The program provides fly-fishing clinics for all skill ranges and to those who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. It also teaches participants casting techniques as […]

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&ID ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (December 6, 2016) – It begins with a thought, matures into a concept and culminates as a Soldier-ready, next-generation technology. “It” is an advanced mission command capability, developed to provide agility for today’s expeditionary forces, and its roots can often be traced back to the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC. “Our research and development investments allow Programs of Record to explore new ideas or refine existing capabilities,” said Lisa Heidelberg, chief of the Mission Command Capabilities Division, under CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate. “Every development phase spent with us comes with lessons learned, […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Synchronized Fielding Division, System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 25 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level III in test and evaluation EDUCATION: M.S. in mechanical engineering, Drexel University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Baltimore Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government Award   Get your hands dirty By Ms. Susan L. Follett Want to do your job more effectively? Consider Robert Puhalla’s advice: Go talk to the people you work with and work for. “A lot of us now have […]

Rethinking the Analysis

Rethinking the Analysis

JPEO-CBD takes a fresh look at the required analysis of alternatives and finds ways to make it a more effective, less time-consuming tool. by Ms. Breena Berté and Mr. Marshall Kindred A recent study by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) showed that the analyses of alternatives (AoAs) conducted within the Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) listed, on average, 23 measures of effectiveness and 72 measures of performance to be considered before Milestone A. The AoA is an essential and required step in establishing the most operationally suitable, cost-effective options to provide a needed, potentially joint capability. But, JPEO-CBD found, attempting to analyze the possible […]

December 2016 Hot Topics

December 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING As of Nov. 30, only 35.9 percent of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) had completed the annual ethics training requirement. CAPPMIS will only capture ethics completion if an AAW professional has either CLM 003, ETH003, MAN-ETH16, 2016 Acquisition Ethics, or the word “Ethics” in the course title from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016. Less than 30 days remain to ensure the AAW meets this Office of the Secretary of Defense mandate. CENTRALIZED CIVILIAN SELECTION BOARDS On Dec. 1, the product director centralized selection board convened at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to review 46 NH-04/GS-14 equivalent broadband/pay-band AAW […]

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

By Kristine Faria The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program marked a high point in November as the current class graduated from the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. Designed to strengthen the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of senior acquisition leaders, PMT 401 uses a case study approach, asking students to analyze cases that represent contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas. During the course, required by law for Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) program managers (PMs), participants applied their knowledge of the acquisition environment and deepened their understanding of acquisition principles and practices. Speakers, team projects, media training and leadership simulations enriched the […]

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

Respondents to Army AL&T magazine’s biennial survey of its readers were thoughtful and incisive, and provided much food for thought for the magazine’s staff. (And, oh, by the way, can we make the articles shorter?) If you’re a member of the Army Acquisition Workforce and are reading this magazine for the first time, maybe one of us isn’t doing their job. We need to know if it’s us. by Mr. Steve Stark We asked you to be honest with us about Army AL&T magazine in our recent reader survey, and those of you who responded were by turns insightful, silly, irritated, full of suggestions and completely unaware of Army AL&T’s […]

Dreaming of a Strategy

Dreaming of a Strategy

DASA(P) looks ahead to new possibilities for streamlining acquisition as a new congressionally created panel embarks on a sweeping review. by Mr. Harry P. Hallock A few months ago, I received a phone call asking me to participate on a panel with 17 other current and former colleagues charged with reforming the DOD acquisition system. In Section 809 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress created the panel to advise DOD how to streamline the acquisition process, in an effort to maintain an advantage in defense technology. My initial thought was, “Here we go again! More acquisition reform, only to stay the same.” But as I integrated onto […]