Faces of the Force: Capt. Raven Cornelius

Faces of the Force: Capt. Raven Cornelius

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Acquisition Center TITLE: Contract specialist YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 3.5 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 10.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: MBA in finance, Columbia Southern University; B.A. in liberal arts, Hays State University; A.A. in management, Portland Community College AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Accommodation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon (4), NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, Expeditionary Contracting Command Contingency Contracting Officer […]

Getting to Work

Getting to Work

None of what the Army Rapid Capabilities Office does can be found in a requirements document, so the office’s director of operations, Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, provides an overview and answers to questions about how strategic demand drives its battle rhythm and ground rules. “The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” Written by the legendary Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu, these words are 2,500 years old, yet they speak […]

Deter and Defeat

Deter and Defeat

Fifteen years of irregular warfare took a toll on the capabilities needed to defeat a peer competitor. So, when a recent RAND Corp. study prompted stunning headlines, it was nothing that the Army didn’t already know. Through war games and studies, the Army has sought to identify how best to align resources to address the current threat landscape. by Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson and Lt. Gen. John M. Murray Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, is famously blunt about his priorities—and the tension between them. Today readiness is indisputably his No. 1, but in a constrained fiscal environment it crowds out resourcing […]

The Challenges of Change

The Challenges of Change

Army acquisition is advancing from reform to strategic thinking From the Army Acquisition Executive Ms. Steffanie B. Easter The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote that the “only constant is change,” a phrase that resonates with me today as our Army navigates ongoing changes to meet future challenges. The most visible changes are generally the most superficial, while it takes time for the effects of longer-term, more impactful changes to become apparent. As the senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, I reflect upon the more sustained, underlying changes that face Army acquisition. More than new leadership and strategies, the emerging […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. James Terhune

Faces of the Force: Mr. James Terhune

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director Medium Caliber, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: 40 mm research, development, testing and engineering lead; project management officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 15 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management; engineering; and business – cost estimating and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in technology management, Stevens Institute of Technology; B.S. in industrial engineering, Lehigh University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Acquisition career yields better tools for Soldiers By Susan L. Follett 2016 was a good year for the Program Executive Office for Ammunition: its Program Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) won […]

Strategic acquisition front and center in new Army AL&T magazine

Strategic acquisition front and center in new Army AL&T magazine

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 4, 2016)—Just what is strategic acquisition? It’s a holistic, cradle-to-grave view of acquisition, from design to procurement to testing to deployment to sustainment to disposal. Strategic acquisition is about finding ways to get better capabilities to warfighters faster, and it’s the theme of the January-March 2017 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Read about: The Army Capabilities Integration Center, with groundbreaking efforts by its professional combat developers, requirements writers and program managers, is looking to thaw the glacial pace of acquisition and speed capabilities to the warfighter as the Army warms to new ways of doing business, welcoming innovation and involving industry early and […]

Army researchers demonstrate 3-D printed drones

Army researchers demonstrate 3-D printed drones

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 28, 2016) — Soldiers witnessed the innovation of Army researchers recently during flight testing of 3-D printed unmanned aircraft systems that were created on-demand for specific missions. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command invited engineers from the Army Research Laboratory to Fort Benning, Georgia Dec. 1-3, to showcase new technology at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments, or AEWE. “We’ve created a process for converting Soldier mission needs into a 3-D printed On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft System, or ODSUAS, as we’ve been calling it,” said Eric Spero, team leader and project manager. With this concept, once a patrol requires […]

Unintended Benefits

Unintended Benefits

USASAC’s FMS efforts around the world benefit warfighters, industry and the defense acquisition community closer to home. Ms. Adriane Elliot, USASAC Public Affairs Like its embattled cousin acquisition reform, strategic acquisition faces long-standing challenges, among them navigating a complex, billion-dollar bureaucracy. As experts debate ways to perfect the defense acquisition process, one Alabama-based command is making an impact close to home with an international approach. The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, manages security assistance programs and $176 billion in foreign military sales (FMS) cases. With support from DOD agencies, American industry and its higher headquarters, the U.S. Army Materiel Command, USASAC provides materiel, training and […]

Big ‘A’ Acquisition

Big ‘A’ Acquisition

From the Director, Acquisition Career Management Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson Achieving dominance starts early, at weapon system design, and continues to procurement, testing and deployment all the way to sustainment and disposal. In a global security environment that is increasingly uncertain and complex, the threats and challenges of tomorrow will be overcome with the weapon systems and equipment we develop, modernize and procure today. To maintain land force dominance, we must view acquisition as a comprehensive process that takes us from the design of weapon systems to procurement, testing, deployment, sustainment and disposal. Known as “big ‘A’ acquisition,” this process involves many stakeholders, including Congress, the industrial base, the […]

Reuse, Refine, Resolve

Reuse, Refine, Resolve

The Joint Tactical Networking Center shares lessons learned in providing software-defined radio products to enable strategic acquisition. by Lt. Col. Matthew A. “Matt” Jury It is much easier to define the concepts of strategic acquisition—making it more efficient, more economical and more sensible throughout the life cycle—than to put them into practice for any given program. While the concepts make sense, executing truly strategic acquisition requires process improvements, culture changes, modifications to DOD issuances and reinforcement of strategic guidance, such as that in Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0. Since its establishment in 2012 to offer technical expertise on wireless communications, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) has assisted program management […]