Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army […]

Improving Process Improvement

Improving Process Improvement

The Army Office of Business Transformation aims to improve CPI to make sure the Army uses the right methodology for the right job, potentially saving billions By MG Camille M. Nichols and LTC Jeremy Gwinn The Army has employed a variety of techniques for continuous process improvement (CPI) for many years. Some have resulted in projects that saved the Army millions of dollars, while other efforts have not yielded the expected results. Improving the business processes of the Army is, in part, why the secretary of the Army established the Office of Business Transformation (OBT) in April 2009. By applying rigorous analytics and data mining and exploring the appropriate type […]

Bounce

Bounce

PM TAS teams with Rock Island Arsenal and ARDEC to improve performance, safety, costs for the recoil system of the M119 howitzer By MAJ Wade Perdue More than two decades have passed since the first M119 howitzer rolled off the production line at Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), yet it remains one of the Army’s primary direct and indirect fire support assets. This lightweight, air-mobile, towed howitzer has been the workhorse for the Army’s infantry brigade combat teams’ direct support artillery battalions. Over the past 13 years, it has seen extensive use in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF and OIF). The Army […]

$18M in new contracts help ensure Army retains a critical skill base at Watervliet

$18M in new contracts help ensure Army retains a critical skill base at Watervliet

By Mr. Ben Sherman The Arsenal announced this week that it received five contracts worth more than $18 million that will help ensure that the Army’s arsenal at Watervliet, N.Y., retains a warm base of critical skills to support the future needs of our war fighters. These new orders add to the more than $60 million in contracts the Arsenal had received earlier this year for work that for the most part will be performed in fiscal years 2016 through 2018, said Bill Dingmon, the Arsenal’s chief of manufacturing. The contracts will provide various weapon system components for the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The five contracts require […]

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

US Army contracting team trains local institutions in Kosovo

By Mr. David Chace U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1960th Contingency Contracting Team out of Huntsville Ala., and currently assigned to Area Support Team-Balkans in Kosovo, marked the completion of a five-day training series on market management and technical specifications, for approximately 20 members and officials from Ministry of Kosovo Security Force and their Land Forces Command, during a ceremony Aug. 14 in Pristina, Kosovo. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lesly Richardson, one of the instructors of the training, said the training’s value exceeded her expectations. “They had a lot of questions, and that made the training much more energetic,” Richardson said. “There was a good exchange of information.” AST-Balkans serves […]

Engineering Logistics

Engineering Logistics

AMRDEC cuts out the middleman and puts engineers next to logisticians to make strategic fix-or-buy decisions and keep warfighters’ equipment in good repair By Ms. Carlotta Maneice In 2008, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) Engineering Directorate participated in a study with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) for Aviation and Missiles and Space to identify ways to help give the warfighter the most reliable, sustainable and affordable weapon systems. One initiative resulting from this study was the AMRDEC Logistics Engineering Team in 2009. Logistics engineering is the intersection of sustainment, logistics and engineering, and our […]

A New Vehicle for Savings

A New Vehicle for Savings

PEO MS and Letterkenny Depot partner on improving radar platforms while rapidly fielding equipment and sustaining the organic industrial base By CPT Jake Brady With a pressing need for an improved AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar vehicle platform and no time to procure a new platform or radar, the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space (PEO MS) teamed up with Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), PA, to modify an existing platform in what could be a model for partnership with the organic industrial base. This effort, which moves the Sentinel from a modified High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) platform without requiring modification of […]

Army advances rapid acquisition for cyber defense

Army advances rapid acquisition for cyber defense

By Claire Heininger ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 18, 2015) – From protecting sensitive communications on the battlefield to thwarting the insider threat back home, Soldiers need a wide range of cyber weapons to defend the Army’s information and resources. Now, the service has a way to quickly buy and deliver those tools to stay ahead of evolving threats. The Army is moving forward with a unique approach that will enable rapid acquisition of defensive cyber capabilities in response to emerging requirements. By following a model known as the “Information Technology (IT) Box,” the Army is leveraging a proven process while tailoring it to meet the demands and complexities of […]

Making and Finding Solutions

Making and Finding Solutions

For chemicals manufacturer Arkema Inc., customer and regulatory requirements are opportunities for product change and improvement. Arkema Inc., headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, may be a company that most Army AL&T readers have never heard of. But it’s also likely that most readers have come in contact with the company’s products, which can be found in a wide variety of industries, including building and construction, agriculture, automotive, water purification, household and industrial cleaning, dental hygiene, batteries and energy storage, and solar energy. Among those products are “chemical intermediates,” substances fundamental to chemical processes, coatings or materials in coatings, and additives that enable a component to be manufactured or improve […]

Faces of the Force: Lee James

Faces of the Force: Lee James

Position and Unit: Product Director, Army Human Resource Systems, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems Total Years of Service: 15 Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Certificate of Achievement Education: M.S. in information resource management, Central Michigan State University; B.S. in computer science, Langston University Lee James: Surrounded by good examples By Susan L. Follett Spend just a few minutes with Lee James and you’ll quickly realize that the likes his job and loves the people he works with—including past supervisors, current coworkers, former team members and the Soldiers he supports through his work as product director for Army Human Resource Systems in Program […]