Meeting Global Demand

Meeting Global Demand

The Army’s new director of operations at the Rapid Capabilities Office arrived at his post from the Army’s Talent Management Task Force. He discusses how the Army views, gets and keeps the talent it needs. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest After spearheading the Army’s Talent Management Task Force since May 2016, Maj. Gen. Wilson “Al” Shoffner Jr. joined the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) as director of operations in April. At first glance, there may not seem to be an obvious link between his former assignment and his new one. After all, one is focused on maximizing individual capability to meet Army personnel needs, while the other is focused on expediting […]

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

By Scott Sundsvold, I3MP The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on April 15, improving Army voice and data networks for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the National Cancer Institute, all located at Fort Detrick. Part of a multi-year project, the modernization enabled Fort Detrick to provide a new building for USAMRIID, with Enterprise Survivable Servers and gateways to support Voice over Internet Protocol and analog requirements. Alberto Dominguez, an I3MP assistant product manager, led the $1.02 million effort’s […]

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 16, 2017)—Thirty-five future military and civilian Army acquisition leaders completed the fifth Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) last month in Arlington, Virginia, preparing them as future product managers, acquisition directors and contracting commanders. Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the newly appointed principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and director of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) spoke at AALPC for the first time. He explained what to expect as a new commander and what it means to be successful. “Success as an O-5 commander is based on your knowledge and your ability to articulate what you […]

Building a Love for Math and Science

Building a Love for Math and Science

RDECOM’s STEM outreach program targets students from kindergarten to college by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin Knocking down a stack of blocks, then backing up to switch directions, a robot effortlessly moves around a local school as a group of children watch and wait for their turn to operate the remote control. The children marvel at the hodgepodge of whirring motors, nuts and bolts, the culmination of their hard work in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics competition. Through STEM experiences, competitions and research apprenticeships, the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—managed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) on behalf of the assistant secretary of the Army […]

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation TITLE: Chief, Acquisition Management Branch; Supervisory Procurement Analyst, Business Management Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 15 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: Master of public administration, Troy University; B.S. in business and communication, West Texas A&M University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award as a member of the Defense Energy Support Center’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Bulk Helium Support Team; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medals; Air Force Commendation Medals; Air Force Achievement Medals MAXIMIZING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES by Ms. Susan Follett Stefanie A. “Alix” […]

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, is now immersed in the development of design concepts for various super high-tech tank platforms. Extensive conceptual work, simulation and design modeling will be needed before there is any opportunity to “bend metal” and produce a new tank. by Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, high-tech future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire –  all for the 2030s and beyond. The new vehicle, […]

Ground Truth: Talent Management in Lean Times

Ground Truth: Talent Management in Lean Times

Lessons in working with what you have and building what you don’t by Kevin Guite The past several years have been a tricky time for hiring, developing and retaining good people. With less money to spend, less leeway to hire and yet urgent needs for specific knowledge, Army acquisition program managers have had to think creatively to train their workforces, leverage existing expertise across organizations and compete for the brightest young minds. It is those bright minds, after all, who keep the programs running effectively and on schedule to deliver products on time and within budget to the Soldiers who need them as fast as possible. The Army Acquisition Lessons […]

Building Credibility

Building Credibility

Program managers need the right mix of character and action to build a foundation of trust. by Col. Joel D. Babbitt Credibility gives authority and brings trust; it is the reward of good decisions, the product of consistent results and the currency that every leader deals in. If a program manager (PM) has credibility, people trust them to do what they say and then give the time, resources and the leadership support to do it. The opposite is also true. Indeed, as now-retired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal noted, “Credibility equals freedom of action.” Credibility is especially key in the world of acquisition, where trust equals money, and a breach of […]

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology capability modernization effort at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, in early February. The modernizations enable JBLM to provide a secure suite of collaboration, real-time communications and supporting services to the Soldier and Army business user on any device, anywhere in the world. This modernization effort directly affected the Army network for the project’s core customers at the headquarters for JBLM, the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing, in addition to the Madigan Army Medical Center and the JBLM Network Enterprise […]

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

By Kelly White, CERDEC Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The lieutenant governor of New Jersey visited the U.S. Army Material Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Ground Activity, or CGA, last month, to learn about the mission growth path. The CGA, which is part of CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, or S&TCD, is on the cutting edge of supporting this generation and next generation’s operational gaps for training and cyber activities, something Lt. Gov. Kimberly Guadagno wants to support from outside the wire. “To support the Army’s active duty component, the state has the ability and purview to help quality of life issues that […]