Making the Soldier the Decisive Edge

Making the Soldier the Decisive Edge

Robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing offer the warfighter new dimensions of survivability and lethality From The Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie B. Easter In the future, our Army will transcend an ever-expanding range of battlefield domains where Soldiers will face new, complex and constantly evolving threats. With technology becoming ever more dynamic, we are in a race with our adversaries to harness and field the best military applications of product innovation. Our need to access technology and talent drives the pursuit of collaborative human-machine battle networks through robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing. This edition of Army AL&T explores our progress. Throughout the history of warfare, Soldiers come face to […]

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017) – The deadline to submit applications for this year’s military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification board has been extended to June 21, 2017, and Soldiers with 10 to 13 years of service may now be considered. This will be the only reclassification board for the year, prompting changes to the time in service requirement and the application extension to provide eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs) as much time as possible to apply. Previously, NCOs with more than 10 years of experience weren’t eligible for reclassification. “We are extending the deadline to ensure that we are getting the best and brightest for the […]

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017)—The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the first Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh, for the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I3MP oversaw the installation of innovative and cost-saving information technology (IT) solutions that enable mission command warfighting functions to be performed from Schofield Barracks. I3MP, part of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, is the program management office responsible for the overall project management, system design, procurement, technical oversight, information assurance assessment, system integration and testing and system transition of the hardware technical refresh phase. The HSMCC Initiative […]

Robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing are focus of new Army AL&T

Robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing are focus of new Army AL&T

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 3, 2017)—Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing and autonomous weapon systems are rapidly changing the way the Army fights. How it’s changing, and the rapidity of that change, is the theme of the April-June 2017 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Read about: The Army acquisition process must effectively deliver technologically sophisticated systems. To avoid pitfalls in robotics, manned-unmanned teaming, AI, and cyber and electromagnetic warfare, the Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal helps managers tread where others have gone before. See “GROUND TRUTH.” The Army is moving quickly on the handheld robotic Standoff Robotic Explosive Hazard Detection System (SREHD), which is capable of detecting, marking […]

Faces of the Force: Jeannie Sommer

Faces of the Force: Jeannie Sommer

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) Product Office; Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office; Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space TITLE: IFPC Inc 2-I Test Lead Engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 6.5 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering and test and evaluation; Level I in program management EDUCATION: B.S. in computer science, Athens State University AWARDS: Hon. Dr. Claude Bolton Jr. Engineering and Systems Integration and Professional of the Year; Outstanding Acquisition Performance Recognition from the Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; Honorable Order of Saint Barbara; “You Made It Happen” Recognition from PEO MS T&E EFFORTS […]

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 30, 2017)—Following an unprecedented number of votes cast, award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies” honors, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2016. The System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (SOSE&I), based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was the only command to win three ALTies: Col. Terrece B. Harris won the honors for best commentary, while Vanessa Flores won for best graphic. Flores was also a runner-up for best photograph. Lt. Col. Steven D. Gutierrez was the runaway winner for best article for his look at a Training […]

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Earning DAWIA certification is challenging but not impossible, and it creates a smarter, stronger acquisition workforce. By Robert E. Coultas There are jobs, and then there are careers. And for those with careers in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), developing that career means compliance with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements to complete certification within 24 months of being hired. Getting that certification isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little planning, some effort and an investment of your time. Regardless of the career field, AAW members should have a plan to accomplish required training and establish early on a rhythm of work and training to meet future […]

The Multilingual PM

The Multilingual PM

An acquisition program office brings together a multitude of professional specialties, each with its own specialized language. It’s the PM’s job to understand, interpret, translate, and unite. by Col. Joel D. Babbitt People use many languages in the course of a day. In military families, for example, it is not unusual to hear a smattering of German or Korean picked up from assignments overseas, mixed liberally with a base of English or, for some, Spanish. At work in the office of a program manager (PM), there could be a half dozen or more languages in use, each with its own vocabulary, conceptual framework and rules of usage. They are as […]

Science on the Spot

Science on the Spot

RDECOM science advisers assigned to commands in the field are poised to respond to capability gaps quickly—often with a prototype produced with 3-D printing. by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin If Gloria shows any signs of distress, Soldiers know to steer clear. That’s because Gloria, a pig who came to “life” through the magic of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, makes loud noises and oozes if there are chemical, biological or nuclear threats nearby. Without Gloria, Soldiers could step into a potentially hazardous situation without even realizing it. Gloria is one of the numerous projects that the Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) advisers have developed, along with Edgewood Chemical Biological […]

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

By Caitlin O’Neill, PM PNT staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Working together towards a common vision, Army partners recently came together to collaborate on critical Army positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) initiatives, technologies and capabilities necessary to support integrated system development. The Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) Standards Support Office (VSSO) risk reduction demonstration, held in January at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., focused on completing risk reduction efforts associated with implementing VICTORY capable systems on ground vehicle platforms. The VSSO successfully demonstrated three major capability areas: Remote control and management of devices including PNT/GPS, data radios, and electronic warfare (EW); distributed position and timing via native implementation […]