Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

By Charles Parsons, Army Program Office, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support Soldiers laud the ballistic protection Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles provide them against underbody threats, but now a brand-new MRAP feature — the first of its kind for the Army — will help maximize Warfighter safety and survivability. Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerized technology designed to improve vehicle stability and has been common in commercial automobiles for more than a decade. Thanks to a development effort initiated in 2010 by the U.S. Army’s Program Office for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (APO MRAP), the entire MaxxPro Family of MRAPs […]

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 19, 2015): When two organizations merge, they can’t miss a beat in meeting the demands of their customers – especially when those customers are Soldiers. Recognizing the one year anniversary this month, the combination of the Army’s Mission Command (PM MC) and Joint-Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) product offices has proven to be the right partnership to deliver modernized command post and mounted capabilities to the force. “Instead of having two organizations developing approaches on how to do mission command in their unique environments, we are now defining one holistic approach,” said Col. Michael Thurston, project manager for Mission Command. “When you do the […]

What We Learned

What We Learned

Lessons learned in expeditionary contracting have vastly improved the capabilities and professionalism of the contingency contracting workforce By BG James E. Simpson In the past decade, it has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve alongside great acquisition professionals who deployed time and time again to two vastly different theaters. Their deployments were a call to arms—not with weapons, but with pens and two books we fondly refer to as our contracting bibles, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS). I must thank our sons and daughters in the acquisition workforce, both civilian and military, who deployed to support our warfighters. I also […]

Less is More

Less is More

The key to increasing combat power is reducing waste, sourcing locally, increasing supply chain efficiency—in short, making all Army assets count By MAJ Linda C. Wade, CPT Adam G. Bradford, CPT Timothy P. Gibbons and CPT Nathan D. Platz  The Army Logistics Innovation Agency and Department of the Army G–4 chartered the MG James Wright MBA Fellowship Program at the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business to research supply chain optimization for remote locations. The intent was to garner insights from civilian organizations with the objective of improving Army sustainment. The study focused on sustainment in areas with minimal or no local infrastructure or supply sources in environments […]

PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

By Tara Clements The award-winning Army AL&T magazine, the premier career and professional news source for the Army acquisition, logistics and technology community, held its third annual writer’s workshop at the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, April 29. At the end of the program, Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch presented the annual ALTies awards for the best article, commentary, photo, graphic and advertisement, which were announced in the magazine’s April – June issue. “Army AL&T magazine is almost entirely written by nonprofessional writers, most of whom are acquisition professionals and subject matter experts,” McCouch said. “That’s one of the reasons […]

Where our rubber meets their road

Where our rubber meets their road

The new ASA(ALT) sergeant major’s first 90 days Change seems to be an everyday occurrence within our Army. At the helm of Army change is the Soldier, led by very capable noncommissioned officers. From the very beginnings of our Army, senior leaders have recognized the value and importance of NCOs. In 1776, GEN George Washington established the position of sergeant major as part of our first standardized regiments. Later, during the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge, PA, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben first defined the duties and responsibilities of NCOs in a regulation historically known as the “Blue Book.” Although the Army no longer has a “von Steuben” to […]

Army Acquisition Corps Recognized

Army Acquisition Corps Recognized

By Chris Geisel HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (April 29, 2015) — Senior Acquisition Corps leaders recognized the expertise and commitment of uniformed and civilian acquisition and contracting professionals dedicated to delivering capability to Soldiers during the 2014 Army Acquisition and Contracting Awards Ceremony on 28 April here. “What a great event and honor to recognize the many successes of our acquisition professionals from across the various program offices and commands in support of the current fights and future defense of our Nation,” said Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT))/Army Acquisition Executive. “I am always very impressed and humbled by the professionalism, commitment and dedication […]

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

Army DACM ‘preps’ acquisition leaders for future success

By Natalie Duncan FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) – The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson kicked off the first-ever Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, earlier this month. The three-day pilot course was aimed to prepare two dozen centrally selected program managers, contracting commanders and product directors to assume new leadership responsibilities. Williamson challenged the students to make sense of disparate information from multiple sources to inform their decisions; take ownership of their environment early; and apply lessons learned so that they don’t “relive others’ mistakes.” Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the Army DACM, […]

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

USAASC Earns IABC Gold Quill Award

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 29, 2015) — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) has received a prestigious Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its 2014 campaign recognizing the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). USAASC is the only award winner from the United States in the Government Communication Programs category, which also recognized organizations from Canada, Russia, Slovenia and Australia. The winning campaign—AAC25—aimed to leverage the silver anniversary of the AAC to foster pride and camaraderie among the entire Army acquisition workforce while raising the profile and prestige of Army acquisition and the Acquisition […]

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

Faces of the Force: Ulysses Perea

POSITION AND UNIT: Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Human Resources Management Division TOTAL YEARS OF CIVILIAN SERVICE: 16 TOTAL YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 3 active duty; 16 years U.S. Army Reserve AWARDS: Civilian: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Distinguished Service Award Military: Bronze Star Medal/Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (2); Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2); Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal (3); Afghanistan Army Superior Unit Award (2) […]