SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

SDDC Advances Quality Assurance Checks and Balances

Mitch Chandran With budgetary uncertainty looming, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC’s) Quality Assurance Branch is focusing its efforts now to advance its processes and gain efficiencies. The branch, part of the Strategic Business Directorate, is responsible for evaluating and monitoring more than 1,200 motor carriers from the transportation industry that are approved to transport government cargo for DOD shippers. SDDC provides expeditionary and sustained end-to-end deployment and distribution solutions for surface shipping of DOD equipment and supplies to warfighters worldwide. Branch Chief Maureen Carlo and her team of 10 transportation experts manage myriad programs designed to ensure that carriers doing business with the government comply with U.S. […]

Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II Registration Extended

Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II Registration Extended

Langston Willis The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) has extended the application deadline to Sept. 13 for the October, November, and December 2012 ALCP II courses. The courses, open to eligible GS-14s, -15s, and equivalents, are being offered from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 in Atlanta, GA; Nov. 5-9 in Alexandria, VA; and Dec. 3-7 in Huntsville, AL. The Huntsville and Alexandria courses are seeking primarily local students, as they will not offer TDY. The ALCP II program is a 2 ½-day series of seminars that focus on increasing leadership acumen for civilians, identifying the major challenges for new organizational leaders, and incorporating individual talents into a cohesive workforce. To […]

AMC: A Globally Networked Logistics Command

AMC: A Globally Networked Logistics Command

In August, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) celebrated its 50th year of providing America’s warfighters with the decisive edge. AMC’s mission is to develop, deliver, and sustain materiel to ensure a dominant Joint Force for the United States and our allies. While our mission has remained the same over the past half-decade, we are a fundamentally different organization than we were at our inception, and much of that change has occurred over the past 10 years. AMC has evolved into a Globally Networked Logistics Command, with forces deployed around the world. Our position as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) makes us a key enabler for global materiel management. The […]

AMC at a Glance

AMC at a Glance

The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the Army’s center of gravity for global materiel management. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it, or communicates with it, AMC provides it. The command, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL, impacts or has a presence in all 50 states and 144 countries. Staffing these organizations is a workforce of more than 69,000 dedicated military and civilian employees, many with highly developed specialties in weapons development, manufacturing, and logistics. To develop, buy, and maintain materiel for the Army, AMC works closely with program executive officers, the Army Acquisition Executive, industry, academia, and other related agencies. AMC also handles most […]

CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

Michael Dorsey The Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) opened the 15th Consolidated Buy (CB) for ordering June 18 with the announcement that tablets and slates are now available to all government organizations purchasing desktops, notebooks, and printers during CB-15. The ordering period runs through Sept. 30. Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and has touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—are also being offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates. What distinguishes the tablets and slates offered in CB-15 is their ability to meet network standards and run the Microsoft Windows-based Army Golden Master. This means […]

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

Robert Grasso Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) has awarded an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle licenses and maintenance that consolidates more than 250 existing maintenance contracts across Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), avoiding at least $10 million in costs and potentially as much as $50 million when taking into account contractual administration and other issues. The ELA, awarded May 29, affords all PEO EIS programs and AMC organizations the unlimited use of 11 licensed products, quantity buys for an additional eight products, and discounts on others. The Oracle product mix is based on the most commonly […]

OSD Unmanned Warfare Directorate Develops Online Unmanned Catalog Database

OSD Unmanned Warfare Directorate Develops Online Unmanned Catalog Database

Since 2000, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has been publishing a 25-year road map for unmanned systems (UMS) on a regular basis. Inclusive of the 2009 edition, these road maps evolved to include an ever-growing list of DOD UMS. With the rapid development and increased acquisition of UMS over the last decade, these road map catalogs provided a useful but quickly outdated snapshot of DOD UMS, encompassing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned ground vehicles, and unmanned maritime systems. The Unmanned Warfare directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) recognized the need for timely updates to the UMS […]

S&T Notebook: Robotics, Strategy, Small Units and More

S&T Notebook: Robotics, Strategy, Small Units and More

Dr. Scott Fish 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. While this has been a busy summer with lots of activity pertaining to the future of Science and Technology (S&T) Management in the Army, the end of July and early August were packed full of reviews and actions. On July 25, I participated in the Congressional Robotics Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Phil Gingrey (R-GA), M.D. The meeting covered a variety of subjects, but the focus was on driverless cars and supporting technologies. […]

WRAIR Investigator Receives Key Support to Develop Combined Anti-Heroin and HIV Vaccine

WRAIR Investigator Receives Key Support to Develop Combined Anti-Heroin and HIV Vaccine

Dr. Gary R. Matyas of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development. Matyas proposes to develop an effective, safe, and easily manufactured combination anti-heroin/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccine that could treat heroin addiction while also preventing HIV infection in those receiving the vaccine. Matyas will receive $1 million per year for five years to support his research. He is a U.S. Army civilian at WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD. NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the award July 25 as part of its Avant-Garde Award Program […]

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army Fielding New Joint Medical Logistics Tool

Army medical logistics processes are receiving long-awaited improvements with the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) 3.1.2 Prime Vendor Generation IV (GEN IV) application upgrade. The new software will reduce errors, improve customer service, and make processing, ordering, and delivery of supplies more efficient through enhanced capabilities for medical logisticians. The upgrades will affect all echelons, to include Army medical treatment facilities, medical logistics companies, and combat support hospitals. “We are on the cusp of achieving an Army Medical Department [AMEDD] strategic goal of a joint medical logistics enterprise solution from foxhole to sustaining base,” said Dana Baker, Chief of the Medical Logistics Informatics Division in the Office of the […]