Cost Savings From The Bottom Up

Cost Savings From The Bottom Up

A technique called ‘clean-sheeting’ lets project managers work from the ground up to hunt for cost savings when dealing with a sole-sourced product with proprietary technical data. by Maj. Kenneth B. Fowler and Mr. Robert E. Steere III How do you know you’re paying what you should be paying for a state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind product, particularly if it’s being produced in a sole-source environment from a proprietary technical data package? The Product Manager for Guided Precision Munitions and Mortar Systems (GPM2S) faced this question regarding the M1156 Precision Guidance Kit (PGK). Although the product manager employed traditional cost-estimating techniques to develop and update the program office estimate, whether the government was […]

Army Executive Visits 401st AFSB

Army Executive Visits 401st AFSB

by Justin Graff, 401st AFSB Public Affairs CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade here, May 3, to get a firsthand look at how the brigade provides logistic support throughout the U.S. Army Central Command footprint. Katrina McFarland, acting assistant secretary of the Army (AL&T), toured equipment warehouses and spoke with 401st Army Field Support Brigade Commander, Col. Chris Day about logistic challenges and innovations in supporting such a large area of operation. “There’s so much going on in theater. The environment is very complex,” McFarland said. “They have to show so much adaptability […]

Army designing next-gen command posts

Army designing next-gen command posts

by Claire Heininger, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 12, 2016) — What should a command post look like? Ask three different commanders and you’re likely to get three different answers — even if they’re in the same unit. That’s one challenge the Army is facing as it works to deliver the next generation of command post equipment to support a more agile, expeditionary force. While the right technologies now exist — from wireless tactical networks to intelligent power systems to mission command apps — how they fit together will vary by formation, echelon and phase of operation. “It’s important not to decide what the physical form of something […]

Co-development effort leads to state-of-the-art UH-60M training simulator

Co-development effort leads to state-of-the-art UH-60M training simulator

by Brian Beall Army aviators seeking flight training on the UH-60M Black Hawk have a new, state-of-the-art option at their disposal, thanks to a joint effort of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) and the Program Executive Office for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer (BAT) provides Army UH-60M aviators with a high-fidelity, fully immersive flight training experience. It’s currently in operation at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Des Moines, Iowa. Up to 17 other locations might receive the BAT simulator, as well. AMRDEC is home to the Systems Simulation, Software and Integration (S3I) Directorate, which provides the Army and DOD […]

SHARED VISION

SHARED VISION

Leaders of PEO C3T and CECOM discuss how, by synchronizing efforts across differing missions, Army partnerships can make sustainment more effective and support the best possible solutions for the warfighter. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest Advances in communications, networking and computing technology present unprecedented opportunities to provide Soldiers with capabilities that deliver technical overmatch on the battlefield—such as software-defined radios, expeditionary satellite communications and mission command applications. Advances such as these also inspire new approaches to developing, delivering and ultimately sustaining capabilities. Sustainment, after all, accounts for nearly three-quarters of the lifetime costs for a weapon system. New approaches to sustainment mean new partnerships and better use of existing alliances. In […]

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (May 3, 2016) – The U.S. Army brought together operational forces and elements from the cyber, training and doctrine, research and development, and acquisition communities to further define how the Army operationally adapts to cyber and electromagnetic threats here April 18-29. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii and the 7th Signal Command Cyber Protection Brigade from Fort Gordon, Georgia spent two weeks at the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, proofing new operations concepts in a realistic training scenario similar to what they would see at a National Training Center during “Cyber Blitz: Converged Brigade Combat Team Main […]

How industry can help Army medicine efficiently equip and sustain the force

How industry can help Army medicine efficiently equip and sustain the force

By Col. David R. Gibson It is no secret that the Army is in a time of great budget uncertainty and growing mission complexity. The velocity of this instability has increased substantially since the FY16 spending cap was set almost four years ago. Meanwhile, budgetary pressures build in light of the geopolitical reality unfolding around the world. The Army is faced with making risk-based tradeoffs among a portfolio of capabilities used to address known and unknown global contingency missions. In this context, Army medicine must pursue the development, procurement, fielding and sustainment of materiel solutions that optimize agility and flexibility. While the Army’s current missions may be widely diverse, some […]

BBP 3.0 is working, Kendall tells acquisition professionals

BBP 3.0 is working, Kendall tells acquisition professionals

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 4, 2016) – Acquisition professionals must embrace the principles behind Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0 to maintain technological superiority for the U.S. military, says Hon. Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD)AT&L)). Speaking April 27, in a keynote address on the importance of momentum in acquisition reform at the opening of the annual Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training Symposium, Kendall sharpened the focus on the principles behind BBP 3.0 that he first outlined in February. “Our job is always to get as much as we possibly can for the amount of money we have for the warfighters […]

Faces of the Force: Joseph Marotta

Faces of the Force: Joseph Marotta

Position and Unit: Program analyst, Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition Years of Service in Workforce: 5 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in business – financial management Education: B.A. in marketing, Rutgers University Awards: Army Achievement Award for Civilian Service   From telecom to tanks By Susan L. Follett Much is made of the differences between working in the commercial world and working for the public sector. But when Joseph Marotta joined the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, he found that the biggest differences stemmed from moving from a small operation—a 10-person consulting firm—to a much larger one. “It took a little while to get used to, but ultimately […]

May 2016 Hot Topics

May 2016 Hot Topics

  FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center are in the final stages of developing and staffing an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP) for approval. When approved, this HCSP will guide the process for anticipating workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. As we continue collaboration with HCSP stakeholders, the DACM will host the semiannual State of the Army Acquisition Workforce General Officer/Senior Executive […]