New Product Office Focuses on Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

New Product Office Focuses on Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Bill Good The U.S. Army, in its continued dedication to modernizing its heavy brigade combat team (HBCT) vehicle fleet, has stood up a new product management office dedicated to fielding the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). At a ceremony in Warren, MI, June 14, LTC Doug Miller assumed the charter of Product Manager for the AMPV program within Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS). The AMPV will be a new family of vehicles designed to replace a portion of the Army’s M113 fleet. “The AMPV will provide the Army heavy brigade combat team with improved maneuverability, force protection, and networking capability. We have recently brought together a fantastic group […]

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bradley Urban Survivability Kits Installed Early and Under Budget

Bill Good In mid-June, the Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles assigned to units stationed in the Republic of Korea became the latest in the fleet to receive the Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III (BUSK III) upgrades. The BUSK III Modification Work Order (MWO) application began for the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (ID) and U.S. Army Materiel Command prepositioned stocks in January and concluded on June 4, a month ahead of schedule. “The team involved did an amazing job, when you consider the statistics,” said LTC Glenn Dean, Product Manager for Bradley within Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS). “Our BUSK III installation team applied approximately 2,400 total MWOs […]

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Army Designing Upgraded, Next-Generation Stryker

Kris Osborn Engineers from the U.S. Army and General Dynamics are making progress designing and implementing Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for Stryker vehicles, focusing on technologies that will provide the platform a stronger engine, improved suspension, more on-board electrical power, and next-generation networking and computing technology. The Army’s fleet of more than 4,187 Strykers includes 10 variants of the flat-bottom platform and an additional seven variants of the double-V hull design. The fleet continues to maintain an overall readiness availability rate of more than 96 percent throughout operations in theater, Army officials said. “We’re taking a leap forward to bring this platform to where it will benefit the Army for […]

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

APEX, PRSA Awards for Army AL&T Magazine

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) recently won a 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Best Redesign in the category of Design and Illustration for its work on Army AL&T Magazine, the flagship publication of the Army’s Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) community. The award is given for excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications effectiveness. The twenty-fourth annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, sponsored by the editors of Writer’s Web Watch, are a competition for communication professionals who create print, Web, electronic, and social media products. This year, 3,382 entries were judged. This award closely follows a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Bronze Anvil […]

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Olympic Experience Resonates with Commanding General

Larry D. McCaskill Every four years, people around the globe focus their attention on the Olympic Games. For many, the attraction is watching their national athletes compete to bring home medals for their countries; for others, it’s a dream of one day making the team. For MG Camille M. Nichols, Commanding General (CG), U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC), the games evoke memories of past accomplishments and friendships. A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Women’s Handball Team, Nichols remembers that time fondly. “It was one of the most memorable times of my life,” said Nichols, who was a manager and assistant coach for the Women’s Handball Team. “To work with […]

Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy: Strengthening Partnerships and Supporting the Defense Industrial Base

Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy: Strengthening Partnerships and Supporting the Defense Industrial Base

Chuck Meixner and Chris Mewett Last of three installments from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) Recognizing the dual imperatives of building strong and capable partners to meet global security challenges and a need to adapt to the increasingly difficult fiscal environment facing DoD, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) is working to shape our security cooperation efforts in line with a more proactive approach called the Materiel Enterprise International Engagement Strategy (MEIES). The intent of the MEIES is to move the Army’s relationship with partner nations from its traditional reactive […]

Implementing Security Cooperation Reform

Implementing Security Cooperation Reform

Floyd Baker Second of three installments from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) In response to complaints from commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan that the security cooperation program was too slow and cumbersome to respond to the urgent requirements of our friends and allies, the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) directed the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) to conduct a comprehensive review of security cooperation. The Security Cooperation Reform Task Force conducted a series of workshops over a span of three months in late 2010 to look at a variety of areas including planning, workforce development, authorities, transportation, contracting, and technology […]

Export Control Reform: an Overview of President Obama’s Initiative

Export Control Reform: an Overview of President Obama’s Initiative

Charles Wray First of three installments from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA (DE&C)) In August 2009, President Obama initiated a comprehensive review of the United States’ export control system to identify possible reforms. Although the United States has one of the most robust export control systems in the world, it is rooted in the Cold War era and must be updated to address the threats we face today and the changing economic and technological landscape. The assessment, conducted by an interagency task force created at the direction of the President, included all departments and agencies with roles in export control. The task […]

Proposed Changes to Export Control of Certain Categories of the U.S. Munitions List

Proposed Changes to Export Control of Certain Categories  of the U.S. Munitions List

As part of Phase II of the export control reform (ECR) initiative, the various categories of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) are being reviewed for possible revision, including transfer from Department of State to more relaxed Department of Commerce export rules. This process involves several steps: consideration by subject-matter experts of those items currently being controlled; identification of proposed changes; notification in the Federal Register; and a period for public comment. Each category review is proceeding at a slightly different pace, and not all categories have undergone the same segments of review. The following summaries present details from a representative sample of USML categories. Category I: Firearms Firearms with a […]

Army Retires Last ‘A’ Model Apache Helicopter

Army Retires Last ‘A’ Model Apache Helicopter

Sofia Bledsoe It was a proud, historic, and emotional moment for the Army—especially for the Soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack/Reconnaissance) (1/149 ARB). The last AH-64A Apache helicopter, Aircraft 451, was retired from the Army and handed over to the Project Office for Apache Helicopters during a ceremony July 15 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, TX. The event was hosted by the Texas Army National Guard’s 1/149 ARB, the 36th Infantry Division unit that had the last A-model Apache in its fleet. The aircraft was flown to San Angelo, TX, by CW5 Jim Sandberg, 1/149 ARB Standardization Pilot, and CW2 Adrian Domonoski, Maintenance Test […]