Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board

Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board

By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015)—Fourteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the first-ever product director centralized selection board held Dec. 4-5, 2014, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 6 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Mr. Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM and the 12 program executive officers. The board approved 10 product director positions to be filled this summer. The civilian-only centrally selected product director board is one of Williamson’s first major talent […]

February Army DACM Office Hot Topics

February Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: 2014 Chief Developmental Tester KLP Joint Qualification Board Army Selectees The Joint Qualification Board is a new concept to prequalify personnel as ready to fill a key leadership position (KLP) so that when a position is announced for hire or selection, there will be qualified candidates at the ready. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Frank Kendall identified the chief developmental tester KLP as the first KLP to pilot the Joint Qualification Board process. The purpose of the board is to create a standard of excellence across DOD by identifying individuals who the board will prequalify to occupy highly demanding KLPs when announced. Boards […]

Tooth to Tail

Tooth to Tail

PEO CS&CSS works to sharpen the Army’s teeth while trimming its tail By Ms. Munira Tourner and Mr. Michael Clow As the Army postures to succeed and win in this complex world, its Force 2025 and beyond campaign plan outlines the need to design and build a force that is more lethal, expeditionary and agile than today’s. At the same time, the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040,” spearheaded by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (­TRADOC), acknowledges that success in our complex world may well involve more than just firepower. Since Force 2025 emphasizes speed and lethality, significant opportunities exist to shape and […]

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

Faces of the Force: James A. Bushnell

POSITION: GPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator UNIT: ACC-APG/Tenant Contracting Division TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 (20 years on active duty, 6 years as a civilian) AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: J.D., University of Baltimore; MBA, Oklahoma City University; B.S. in business administration, University of Louisville. Level III certified in contracting and Level II certified in program management Meal Ticket Becomes a Career Path By Susan L. Follett When Jim Bushnell joined the Army in 1984, his goal was fairly simple: to make sure he knew where his next meal was coming from. While the Army isn’t known for gourmet cooking, it is known […]

The Energy Circuit

The Energy Circuit

A roundup of projects and efforts to power change in Army energy By Army AL&T Staff Energy is one of the most important ways that the Army is going to get anywhere, much less to 2025 and beyond. The Army’s goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that its installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages. The military is also congressionally mandated to draw 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, and the Army is the biggest single user of energy in the United States. Whether it’s through reduction and efficiency or through […]

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

By Mr. Anthony Ricchiazzi (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A team of Army personnel that included two depot technicians gave the Ukrainian army the ability to accurately track mortar rounds. Lightweight Counter Mortar Radars that backtrack incoming mortar rounds, enabling quick countermeasures were delivered to Ukraine recently. According to the Department of Defense news website, the radar systems are the first to be delivered so U.S. Army military and civilian personnel can train members of the Ukrainian armed forces. Team Tobyhanna arrived in-country and spent two weeks at the International Peace Keeping and Security Center in Yavoriv training Ukraine soldiers to deploy, operate and troubleshoot the radars. The Defense […]

History in the Making

History in the Making

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Every edition of the U.S. Army Weapon Systems handbook since 1989 is now available in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s new online archive. Since 1989, the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook has served as a critical reference document that informs key stakeholders and audiences—primarily Congress—about high-priority Army acquisition programs in a comprehensive and understandable format, while presenting essential information reflecting the strategic context in which the Army operates. Each handbook provides critical information through visual and written program profiles that describe each system’s purpose, capability, program status, projected activities and interdependencies with other key systems. Many of the systems from the first […]

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

TRADOC CG GEN David G. Perkins discusses meaning and challenges of new Army Operating Concept A generation of Army officers grew up knowing exactly who the enemy was. Clear lines divided the world into enemy and ally, closed and open, communist and free. The United States made a move, and the Soviet Union countered; the Soviets designed one kind of weapon system, and the United States differentiated its systems accordingly, constantly seeking an edge—until the stalemate cracked and the Soviet bloc walls came down, taking with them the assumptions underpinning Army doctrine. A younger generation knew another, more amorphous enemy, harder to pin down on a map: terrorism. The dividing […]

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

By Courtney N. Cashdollar, PdM P2E Public Affairs U.S. and Korean forces are in the midst of a military transformation process that represents some of the most profound changes to the alliance since the Korean War. And behind that transformation is a team from Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E), providing and sustaining the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems and services for classified and unclassified joint and coalition networks that are part of the Yongsan Relocation Plan, Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP). The transformation is part of a strategic alliance between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) to relocate U.S. troops on the Yongsan Peninsula […]