Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

Faces of the Force: Ms. Aladrian Wetzel

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Department of the Army systems coordinator YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; Level III in test and evaluation; Level I in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.S. in management, University of Maryland University College; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Delaware AWARDS: U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Certificate in Recognition of Achievement; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; DA Commendation for Exemplary Performance and Outstanding Achievement A front-row participant in the acquisition process By Susan L. Follett Looking for a little motivation? Consider Aladrian […]

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

The Human Capital Strategic Plan: What does it mean for you? by Ms. Joan L. Sable Shaped by two important factors—the Army priority of readiness and the Army acquisition executive’s philosophy of people, products and processes—the U.S. Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has spent the past several months building the Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), formalizing processes to sustain an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) that can provide our Soldiers with world-class equipment and services, now and in the future. The HCSP emphasizes people as the enablers for the competencies, commitment and values that position the AAW to best contribute to mission readiness. It is this strategic focus […]

Acquisition as a Team Sport

Acquisition as a Team Sport

From the Director, Acquisition Career Management Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson To deliver complex capabilities to the warfighter takes a lot of different players, all focused on the same mission. We often hear that “people make a difference” and “relationships matter.” Well, in Army acquisition those statements are the very foundation of successful programs. Strong leadership, clear communication, focused teamwork and the resulting bonds of trust—within the program office and with stakeholders—are vital in procuring and fielding capabilities that enable our warfighters to fight and win decisively. There are many success stories about meeting the needs of our warfighters through teamwork. One that comes quickly to mind is the Joint […]

Seizing the Advantage

Seizing the Advantage

Building on lessons from OIF and OEF and taking a page from an Air Force playbook, the Army is creating a Rapid Capabilities Office to address new threats. by Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie and Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt They came in a trickle, and then in a flood: operational needs statements from troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking for new equipment to adapt to the changing fight. The Army stepped up to the plate, delivering a slew of quick reaction capabilities that improved lethality and survivability. From the Joint Network Node – ­Network and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle to a multitude of systems for […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Waveforms

BICOASTAL TEAM PROVIDES KEY WAVEFORMS FOR RADIOS by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin When a Soldier needs to communicate, he picks up his radio and starts talking. He doesn’t think about how his radio works. When Soldiers rely on their radios to talk, send texts and share data, it is the networking waveforms that connect the radio “box” and enable the radio to function and perform different tasks. For instance, some waveforms provide network connectivity between Soldiers on the ground and in the air, and other waveforms provide connectivity between Soldiers who are spread across large distances or in mountainous areas. The Product Manager (PM) Waveforms team, which comprises a staff in […]

Affordable, not cheap

Affordable, not cheap

Overcoming acquisition reform challenges with cost-saving solutions From The Army Acquisition Executive The Honorable Katrina McFarland Following his confirmation as secretary of the Army in May 2016, the Hon. Eric Fanning listed acquisition reform as one of his top priorities for enhancing the Army’s force readiness. Acquisition reform has been of particular focus in the Army acquisition community as we face the challenges of continued budgetary instability. Against that backdrop of a constrained fiscal environment, and as part of a larger movement toward enhancing readiness across the force, this endeavor calls for a whole-Army approach to rethinking how we conduct acquisition. Acquisition reform does not rest solely in the hands […]

October 2016 Hot Topics

October 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING REQUIREMENT There are fewer than 90 calendar days for you to complete the annual ethics requirement mandated for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. There are a few ways to complete this training: 1. Take one of the two online courses available through the iCatalog. The available courses are CLM 003 (Overview of Acquisition Ethics) and HBS 415 (Ethics at Work). Important note: You can get credit for CLM 003 only once in a two-year CLP CLP cycle; the new cycle began Oct. 1, 2016. 2. Take the course in person when your command or garrison offers it locally. Contact your training coordinator or […]

New Army AL&T magazine targets defense acquisition reform

New Army AL&T magazine targets defense acquisition reform

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 3, 2016)—From our country’s earliest days, dissatisfaction with the defense acquisition system has been a recurring theme. Commission after commission and study after study found the same problems: burdensome regulations, cost overruns, slipping schedules, poor management or performance and a lack of incentives for success. The solutions? Professionalize the workforce. Buy commercial. Increase competition. Centralize. Decentralize. Reorganize. And yet the problems persist. Now, however, there’s a growing groundswell for real acquisition reform—the theme of the October-December 2016 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Read about: Acquisition ‘reform’ is on the table again, as it has been at least once in each decade since the […]

Small change, big difference

Small change, big difference

One-size-fits-all spending rules don’t always serve the unpredictable needs of contingency contracting. Here’s one simple fix. by Lt. Col. William C. Latham Jr. (USA, Ret.) “You may ask me for anything you like except time.” Napoleon Bonaparte With more than half a trillion dollars in defense spending at stake each year within the U.S. government’s budget, defense acquisition policy receives enormous attention in our nation’s capital, from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon to the lobbyists, scholars, think tanks and publications (including this one) devoted to national security. This attention is well-deserved, given the stakes. Better equipment provides American military forces with a critical technological edge while giving pause to would-be […]

Army R&D, test and evaluation communities ‘green’ civilian employees

Army R&D, test and evaluation communities ‘green’ civilian employees

by Dan Baldwin, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — For one week, civilian engineers, scientists and business support staff left their labs and cubicles to live the life of a U.S. Army Solider and gain a deeper appreciation for the Army mission Sept. 12-16. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is promoting an Army civilian acculturation program across all installations to better integrate civilian employees into the military. To align with this effort, the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command have partnered to create an Aberdeen Proving Ground’s inaugural collaborative greening program. Seventy-two ATEC and […]