And The Award Goes To …

And The Award Goes To …

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure feels good. Follow these tips to make your next award nomination a winner. By Ms. Susan L. Follett The Army Acquisition Workforce includes more than 37,000 highly talented professionals, all of whom have achievements of which they can be proud. But only so many awards are given out every year. Here are a few tips to help your nomination stand out from all the rest. Prepare well in advance. Start the process early and give yourself plenty of time. Like most holidays, these awards come around at the same time each year. Nominations for DOD acquisition awards are collected at the direct reporting unit […]

Speed Contracting

Speed Contracting

DIUx, DOD’s outreach to the tech community, has developed commercial solutions opening, an OTA mechanism that moves from first contact to final contract in 60 days or less. And DIUx is about to share how to use CSO with the rest of the federal government. by Mr. Michael Bold When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter started the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in August 2015 in a bid to re-establish DOD’s once robust ties to the technology innovation of Silicon Valley, DIUx needed to find a way to move “at the speed of business.” Silicon Valley considered the department a bad customer, if it considered DOD at all. The federal […]

CHESS Has Another Move

CHESS Has Another Move

Reverse auctions turn sellers into bidders and drive competition. by Ms. Stacy Watson In January 2016, Computer Hardware Software and Solutions (CHESS) launched its reverse auction capability through the CHESS IT e-mart website, designed to drive down the total cost of acquisition and increase savings to the buyer. A reverse auction is a method of procurement where the roles of the buyer and seller are reversed to lower prices by increasing competition among vendors. In a traditional auction, buyers compete with each other by offering higher prices to purchase an item from a seller. In a reverse auction, the sellers compete with each other by offering lower prices to sell […]

DLA Director serves as guest lecturer to Army Command and General Staff School

DLA Director serves as guest lecturer to Army Command and General Staff School

By Chris Erbe FT. BELVOIR, Va. (November 28, 2016)– Students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, received a special presentation on military logistics, leadership and how to navigate the joint environment from a well-informed guest lecturer Nov. 22. Defense Logistics Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch spoke to the group comprising mid-career Army officers from diverse professional military backgrounds. Busch briefed the students on DLA’s support to its customers through its nine supply chains with locations in 48 states and 28 countries around the world. He described the agency’s primary purpose — providing the logistics requirements of the armed forces and […]

A New Dimension of Acquisition

A New Dimension of Acquisition

RDECOM explores new ways of using 3-D printing to meet Soldiers’ needs quickly and inexpensively while minimizing the logistics footprint. by Argie Sarantinos-Perrin A Soldier heads back to camp, grabs a power bar and unloads his gear. The power bar, which was “printed” minutes earlier, contains all the nutrients his body currently needs, according to sensors that are embedded in his uniform. While this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, engineers and scientists at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) are looking at ways to use additive manufacturing (AM, also known as 3-D printing) to meet Soldiers’ needs. Using AM to supply Soldiers with customized nutrient-dense […]

Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC

Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 22, 2016) – The fourth Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) concluded last week, with 33 students from across the Army Acquisition Workforce in attendance at Arlington, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), developed the course and launched the pilot in April 2015. He kicked off the November course speaking to students about what to expect in their new roles. “Learn and understand what it takes to get from A to Z,” said Williamson. “Our job is to deliver capability to our Soldiers and sometimes it’s a bumpy ride. The way that you can help is […]

Army Reserve refocuses on updated threat picture

Army Reserve refocuses on updated threat picture

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The U.S. Army Reserve is pivoting from 15 years of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq to prepare for new threats around the world, said Maj. Gen. Michael Smith, deputy chief of the Army Reserve. In a wide-ranging interview, Smith also said: The Army Reserve and the National Guard provide about 70 percent of the Army’s logistical capability, allowing the active-duty Army to focus on brigade combat teams, combat aviation and other large, intensive programs. The Army Reserve is shifting its focus to preparing for its role in potential threats from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Army Reserve is working with the active duty […]

Meeting in the Middle

Meeting in the Middle

Brig. Gen. Karl Gingrich looks at acquisition through the eyes of an operations research analyst to bring clarity to the readiness, fielding and operations of the Army’s tactical network by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s a matter of perspective. To ensure that the tactical network enables the readiness of operational forces, the Army must have a ready network to support them. Yet a ready network does not come solely from meeting materiel needs for better technologies. Instead, it includes the other side of the coin: institutional readiness to put those technologies into play on the battlefield. After all, the Army can field the latest and greatest network equipment, but if Soldiers […]

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

Faces of the Force: Ms. Kristy Tierney

‘Be a leader regardless of what position you’re in’ Ms. Susan L. Follett Like most members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, a desire to give back sparked Kristy Tierney’s career. “I wanted a career that had more of a positive impact on the world than simply helping a company improve its bottom line, and I saw public service as a way to do that,” she said. “This career allows me to use my business knowledge and skills to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and to support the warfighters who sacrifice so much for all of us.” She started at the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command at […]

Army scores big at acquisition awards

Army scores big at acquisition awards

by Ms. Susan L. Follett FT. BELVOIR, Va. (November 15, 2016) – Three Army civilians and four organizations have garnered top acquisition honors from the DOD, earning 2016 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards in individual and group categories as well as the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition and Should Cost and Innovation Awards. “These awards were established to recognize individuals and teams that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense,” said Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announcing the winners on Nov. 14. “It is with great pride that we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of all […]