Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

AAW’s importance to the mission makes professional development all the more vital From The Army Acquisition Executive Ms. Steffanie B. Easter As the Army builds a more agile and adaptive force for the future, we must continue to provide our Soldiers a decisive advantage by maintaining high-quality acquisition professionals to develop, acquire, field and sustain the world’s best equipment and services. Comprising over 38,000 professionals, both military and civilian, our Army acquisition community is responsible for outfitting Soldiers around the globe for any and all possible situations and conflicts they may encounter. Additionally, we must accomplish this against the backdrop of an increasingly complex environment, which requires us to be […]

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

Faces of the Force: Maj. Shawn Chu-Quinn

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical TITLE: Assistant product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 16 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in program management and in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in modeling and simulation, University of Central Florida; master’s of public administration in national security affairs, Troy University; B.S. in environmental science, Creighton University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star); Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO […]

A forcing function for integration

A forcing function for integration

A look at the systems, participants and firsts from more than a dozen NIEs. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest The Army rolled out its new network modernization strategy with a flourish. On a Monday in May 2011, no fewer than 12 stars assembled for a news conference with the Pentagon press corps. Led by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, then the vice chief of staff of the Army, the generals made the case for a new paradigm called the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), described by Chiarelli as “a revolutionary new approach.” Because of wartime necessity and the culture of the acquisition system, the Army had been developing and delivering individual components of […]

July Hot Topics

July Hot Topics

Acquisition Training, Education and Leader Development Opportunities: The GS-14/lieutenant colonel and GS-15/colonel Army Acquisition Corps Centralized Selection List (CSL) Acquisition Command and Acquisition Key Billet board announcements will be released July 17, 2017. The application closing date is Aug. 30, 2017. The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship Program announcement opens July 25, 2017, and closes Dec. 14, 2017. Find out more about this GS-12/13 (or equivalent) three-year civilian leadership development opportunity. Defense Acquisition University Course Updates: Course Number Changes: PMT 355, Program Management Office Course, Part A replaced PMT 352A; and PMT 360, Program Management Office Course, Part B replaced PMT 352B. PMT 352A and B remain acceptable predecessors to […]

New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army Acquisition Workforce

New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army Acquisition Workforce

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 3, 2017)—The Army Acquisition Workforce is charged with equipping Soldiers to fight and win America’s battles. And it’s that workforce that stands front and center of the July – September issue of Army AL&T magazine. From developing capabilities for Soldiers in the field to nurturing and inspiring future Army scientists and engineers in the classroom, we’ve got it covered. Read about: Network Integration Evaluations and Joint Warfighting Assessments are evolving, and as they do the Army’s ‘trail bosses’ seize the chance to grow professionally as their roles expand in planning and executing the large-scale exercises. Find out how in “CENTER OF THE STORM.” […]

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

This career basic helps acquisition workforce members keep track of what they need to do and when. By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Jobs in defense acquisition are unlike most others because of the legally mandated training, education and other requirements that employees must fulfill. The central tool for planning and tracking those requirements and compliance with them is the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Fortunately, there’s an app for that, and it’s accessible through the Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) portal at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. (A Common Access Card is needed to log in.) Acquisition workforce members are required to create and maintain a five-year IDP. While that sounds […]

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

POSITION AND UNIT: Chief, Resource Management Division, Lower Tier Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in business – financial management; Level II in program management; Level III DOD Financial Management Certification EDUCATION: B.S. in business, Athens State College; Certified Defense Financial Manager AWARDS: Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Order of St. Barbara Managing missile money By Mary Kate Aylward Managing the funds for one of DOD’s highest-profile weapon systems is, as you would imagine, stressful. But Patty Seals keeps in mind the Soldiers and the international customers who […]

Owning your battlespace

Owning your battlespace

The AALPC primes program managers for success as acquisition leaders by Craig A. Spisak Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center One of the imperatives for a program manager (PM) to succeed in Army acquisition is that they must own their battlespace. Think of two concentric circles. The inner circle is what a PM is responsible for: What are the resources, what is the timeline, what are the cost effects of these factors on the program and, very specifically, what are the performance attributes that the PM is trying to get out of this particular system? The outer circle consists of things that are outside the PM’s immediate control but could […]

Hate the SRPE?

Hate the SRPE?

Here’s why you should reconsider By Shannon Potter and Wen Lin, Army DACM Office Let’s be honest. Supervisors have a lot of administrative requirements and likely are not looking for more to fill their overflowing plates. So it’s not surprising that the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) mandated in July 2015 for GS 12-15 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians was met with mixed reviews. But here’s something you might not know: What civilians didn’t have (that the military has had for quite some time) was a tool to help identify and document individuals with future leadership potential—not performance. For the military, this is widely known as the most important part […]

The shape of success

The shape of success

PEO CS&CSS makes a two-pronged effort to maximize the effectiveness of the SRPE and get the most from its workforce. by Mr. Scott J. Davis Last quarter, Craig A. Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, wrote about the importance of Senior Rater Potential Evaluations (SRPEs) in helping to identify and shape our community’s future leaders. I agree that the SRPE is a very important tool. Our current environment is uncertain and resource-constrained, and it’s often hard to spend the extra time to think critically about our workforce. Yet I’m convinced that we must make the time to shape our most important resource. We owe that to both […]