S&T Notebook: Active Collaboration

S&T Notebook: Active Collaboration

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. The New Year continues to be a busy time for the Chief Scientist’s office. I took part in the Army Science Board plenary meeting held Jan. 18-20 at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters at Fort Eustis, VA. The Small Unit Data to Decisions Study was initiated with the full team. That study, and continued work on the Strategic Look at Army S&T Study, prepared for active engagements through the spring with various labs and S&T […]

Bioelectric Bandage Incites Army Interest

Bioelectric Bandage Incites Army Interest

[author type="author"]Daniel O. Kennedy[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has initiated steps to evaluate a new bioelectric bandage with Prosit technology. Procellera, manufactured by Vomaris, is a bandage dressing that creates electrical impulses. Small silver and zinc dots embedded in cloth create micro-currents in the presence of moisture. The effect is anti-microbial and pain-reducing. The use of silver on burns has a long history of preventing infections. Vomaris says its bandage dressing provides faster healing, greater pain control, reduced incidence of infection, and decreased scarring. The nature of the cloth conforms well to multiple surfaces of the body, and the bandage dressing’s antimicrobial properties are expected to work […]

Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

By Daniel P. Elkins Uniformed contracting officers (KOs), training at the U.S. Army Contracting Command (AAC) pre-deployment readiness exercise Joint Dawn 2012,  benefited from a growing role by civilian contracting professionals. The exercise, conducted Jan. 19-Feb. 3 at Fort Bliss, TX, is designed to develop the Soldier acquisition skills necessary to meet mission needs in a Joint environment downrange, in a ramp-up to a deployment supporting the U.S. Central Command. Of the more than 250 participants in the exercise, 45 members from throughout the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) worked alongside their counterparts from the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) and sister services in roles ranging […]

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] Technology originally created to track improvised explosive device (IED) networks in Afghanistan and Iraq is finding new purpose in supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with mission overwatch during border patrol missions. The Product Manager Observe, Detect, and Identify (PdM ODI) assisted Joint Task Force North (JTF-N) with an operation called Big Miguel by providing payloads and operators similar to those used by Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize) during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) in Iraq. The sensor payload offers electro-optical and laser illumination, which greatly increased situational awareness for U.S. Border […]

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

[author type="author"]Tiffany Holloway[/author] February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a campaign that was started to raise awareness for macular degeneration and other vision problems. Low vision affects a person’s entire life, interfering with the ability to perform daily activities. The term “low vision” means partial sight or visual impairment that is not correctable with contact lenses or eyeglasses. We often take our sight for granted, but tragedy can strike at any time, even more so on the battlefield. “That’s why the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command [USAMRMC] has decided to aid injured Soldiers,” said COL Karl Friedl, Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). Through […]

Joint U.S.-British Study Supports Military Application of Drug to Reduce Post-Trauma Bleeding

Joint U.S.-British Study Supports Military Application of Drug to Reduce Post-Trauma Bleeding

By Tiffany Holloway Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death in civilian and military trauma. Fortunately, there is hope, in the form of tranexamic acid (TXA), a synthetic derivative of the amino acid lysine. Through the United States’ Joint Theater Trauma System, which is an organized approach to providing improved trauma care across the continuum of levels of care, especially in the battlefield environment, TXA was recognized after years of observations. There was level 1 evidence in the Clinical Randomization of an Anti-fibrinolytic in Significant Haemorrhage 2 (CRASH-2) trial for the use of TXA, including a purported survival benefit in civilian trauma patients. However, the existing study performed on TXA […]

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

[author type="author"]Bill Good[/author] Crawl, Walk, Run: That simple phrase is the common refrain heard in U.S. Army training facilities  throughout the world. This approach forces new Soldiers to focus on the basics before moving onto more advanced techniques. In Afghanistan, that same training principle is being applied at the recently opened Afghan National Army (ANA) Armor Branch School.  In March, the ANA will take possession of the first 58 of 352 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV)  to enhance their quick reaction and Mobile Strike Force (MSF) capabilities. These  vehicles represent the first kandak, or battalion, size element of armored vehicles for the ANA. This capability will be critical when U.S. […]

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Strategy and Performance Planning has outlined a five-year strategic plan designed to ensure continued success for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). The document is organized primarily around key principles such as equipping and sustaining the Army for the 21st century, ensuring effective life-cycle management, transforming the acquisition workforce, developing policy, and enhancing efficiency, said Lee Thompson, DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning. The rationale for the plan, which details specific goals and priorities through 2017, is aligned with the Army Campaign Plan 2012 and is grounded in articulating […]

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

In the months since the Army concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, in November 2011, hundreds of Soldiers, engineers, developers, and program managers have remained at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, to complete vehicle integration design work, de-install 12.1 platforms, integrate the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical test platform, and participate in new equipment and field training exercises, all in preparation for NIE 12.2. NIE 12.2, taking place in April and May, is the third installment in a series of semiannual evaluations designed to integrate and rapidly advance the Army’s tactical network. In the first two evaluations, the Army brought together the test, acquisition, and doctrine […]

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

[author type="author"]Summer Barkley[/author] Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives that bring energy-efficient power generation to forward-deployed units in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) were showcased to senior DoD personnel Jan. 8. Members of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center (RFAST-C) and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) were also at the demonstrations. Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics,  and Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, visited Camp Sabalu-Harrison at Bagram Airfield to see the first micro-grid emplaced in OEF. The micro-grid, which Burke’s office supported, is a joint venture involving Project Manager […]