Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today

Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 28, 2016) – Applications for the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program, a three-year developmental program offering expanded training through a series of education, leader development and broadening assignments for members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW), are now being accepted through September 28. AAW professionals at GS-12/13 (or bandwidth equivalent) who apply must compete for a slot in the program and be selected by a board of senior acquisition professionals. The results of the board are scheduled to be announced late December. And while this program does not guarantee a promotion, it does strengthen desired skills, providing a competitive edge for […]

Better to Best

Better to Best

Six Army programs arrived at a single enterprise resource planning solution independently, then turned better buying power into best buying power by working together to bring the licensing costs down for the unexpectedly popular software. by Col. Harry Culclasure and Mr. Thomas Neff Category management is a growing trend in today’s marketplace that focuses on the way companies and organizations consolidate contracts, leverage buying power and drive consistent purchasing practices. For a private company with one mission and one pool of money, category management seems straightforward enough; however, for DOD, specialized requirements and initiatives funded with different types of money (for example, procurement, research and development (R&D) and operations and […]

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

By Brandon Pollachek The portfolio of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) grew by a project manager office and a four product managers with the transition of Project Manager Biometrics (and its subordinate product manager organizations) as well as Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazards (PM CEH) and Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PM FPS). Following approval from the Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, PM Biometrics and PM CEH came under operational control of PEO IEW&S on Jan. 28. PM FPS transitioned in a similar manner on March 31. All of the transitioning offices will be […]

Lessons for the Long Haul

Lessons for the Long Haul

An urgent need leads to a quick off-the-shelf acquisition—a common story. PEO EIS adds two footnotes: Buy the data rights upfront, and get the original manufacturer to write the technical manual. If you end up relying on that quick purchase for years to come—not a far-fetched possibility in this budget environment—the costs of those two things will be justified by big savings. by Maj. Jonathan W. Judy and Ms. Ruby P. Hancock Army logisticians around the world depend on a worldwide satellite communications (SATCOM) system that was conceived as a quick fix, and consequently the Army jumped a few steps in the usual acquisition process to get it fielded. The […]

Field artillery launchers get new leadership

Field artillery launchers get new leadership

By Heather Davidson, PFRMS Project Office Public Affairs The Field Artillery Launchers Product Office of the Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Project Office has conducted a change of charter at Bob Jones Auditorium. “Today one of the most dynamic and successful product management offices in the Army is saying goodbye to their current leader, Lt. Col. Bryan Salyers, and welcoming a new leader, Stephen Roberts,” Col. James Mills, PFRMS project manager, said. The responsibilities of the product director include coordinating with Field Artillery Launchers stakeholders to ensure a system-of-systems engineering approach necessary for seamless interoperability across the Army and Joint enterprises. In addition, the product manager actively manages all […]

USAASC announces Senior Service College Fellowship selectees

USAASC announces Senior Service College Fellowship selectees

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-four civilian acquisition professionals were named as the next Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) class for 2016-2017 as a result of a review board concluding last month. The board is convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the Office of the Director, Acquisition Career Management, or Army DACM Office. The purpose of the board is to ensure the best qualified civilian applicants from across the defense acquisition workforce are selected for the 10-month education and leader development program. “The board was very competitive—and that’s a good thing! We’re looking for the best talent in […]

Expanding Horizon

Expanding Horizon

With the changing coalition mission in Afghanistan, contingency contracting has also changed markedly, requiring a broader array of skills and training for a wider range of responsibilities. by Mr. Gordon Jones and Maj. Miriam Harris At the height of the surge in 2010, with approximately 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Bagram Regional Contracting Center (RCC) and the Kandahar RCC had more than 50 personnel assigned at each location, with multiple smaller RCCs all over Afghanistan providing similar contingency contracting support. The RCCs were made up of seasoned contracting professionals, military and civilian, from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The workload was nonstop, with as many as […]

CHESS Consolidated Buy now open; offers Windows 10 compliant devices

CHESS Consolidated Buy now open; offers Windows 10 compliant devices

By Billy Cody and Tricia Shelley The Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Consolidated Buy (CB) – 23 is open for ordering and offers devices that are compliant with Windows 10. CHESS offers two CB periods yearly. The CB-23 ordering period opened June 13 and runs through Sept. 30. CB-23 is open to all government agencies and employees eligible to buy through CHESS, and it is the mandated source for Army desktop and notebook computers. Organizations that use the CB can realize significant savings, regardless of the quantities obtained. The migration to Windows 10 is part of DOD’s effort to ensure a more secure computing environment for end-users and […]

P2E prepares for global readiness

P2E prepares for global readiness

By Ms. Rosalie Fehrmann, P2E Strategic Communications Specialist Keeping pace with the rapid, near-constant changes in technology can be challenging. By the time one project gets approved for installation, a newer, more improved technology has emerged on the market. Tracking those changes while maintaining global readiness is a constant battle for Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PM P2E), within the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems. It’s a battle the P2E team is willing to fight: to create the best outcome while striving to make the acquisition and installation processes as efficient as possible. P2E’s mission is to deliver the full spectrum of network, information and infrastructure modernization services […]

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

by Ms. Argie R Sarantinos Perrin (PEO C3T) FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (June 13, 2016) — Soldiers in a densely wooded forest hold their positions as the enemy quickly approaches. Shots are fired, but minutes later, the Soldiers are told to cease fire. Using blank ammunition, Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in a realistic operational scenario as part of testing to support the procurement of the Army’s next generation hand-held Rifleman Radio (RR). This excursion took place at the United States Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG), Fort Huachuca, Ariz. May 16-26. The excursion is part of the Rifleman Radio Customer Test (CT) and serves as the next […]