Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

By LTC Jason Richardson, Dr. Michael Turell, and CPT Elizabeth Wanja Rift Valley fever death toll on the rise (Pretoria News, May 7, 2010)  Economic losses from Rift Valley fever greater than previous documented (ILRI Clippings, Oct. 10, 2010) Epidemiologists now have a tool that might make such tragic headlines a thing of the past. The Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and VecTOR Test Systems Inc. have developed a diagnostic device that can detect the presence of the Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus in mosquitoes, thus alerting deploying troops to its presence and enabling public health officials to prevent or […]

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

By Barb Ruppert Today’s warfighters face numerous threats to their vision, from blasts to chemical, biohazard, laser, and environmental exposure. According to the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, traumatic eye injuries from penetrating wounds and visual disorders related to brain injury together rank as the second most common injury among active-duty military personnel. Compounding the problem, eye-injured Soldiers have only a 20 percent return-to-duty rate, compared with 80 percent for other battle trauma injuries. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is funding research projects as a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to preventing and treating vision disorders. It is collaborating […]

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

By Scott Friend and Charles Smith Project Director Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Enterprise Systems & Services (PD ALTESS), part of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, received three national honors.  The Radford, VA-based ALTESS, a provider of information technology (IT) systems, services, and security for the Army’s acquisition domain, learned in February that it would receive a Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Project Management Award. Less than a week later, ALTESS’ Service Level Management Branch Chief, Debbie Jenkins, was selected as Pink Elephant Inc.’s Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Practitioner of the Year. Then, in March, ALTESS was named runner-up for Excellence.gov’s Going Green Award. ALTESS’ 2011 awards reflect […]

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

A large, white radome dominates the high ground at Tobyhanna Army Depot in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It symbolizes the growing number of radars and sensors, including air defense, air traffic control, ground surveillance, airborne, shipborne, range threat systems, and critical counterfire systems, which Tobyhanna personnel maintain and support for the U.S. Army, Air Force,  Marine Corps, and Navy. “Tobyhanna has been repairing and testing radars since the 1960s,” said COL Charles Gibson, commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, “so we have extensive capability and experience in this critical commodity.” Facilities, experience, and personnel make Tobyhanna DOD’s one-stop-shop for radar sustainment, engineering, redesign, and environmental testing. Tobyhanna has flexible and […]

Building the Army Network: ‘A Revolutionary New Approach’

Building the Army Network: ‘A Revolutionary New Approach’

By Kris Osborn The U.S. Army in July completed an exhaustive Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, to test programs of record and assess emerging network technologies. The NIE, which began the first week of June, is a key part of the Army’s network strategy. This and future follow-on NIEs are structured to assess the scope and readiness of emerging technologies and integrate new capability before sending it to Soldiers in combat. One of the main goals of the NIEs is to help the Army field current technology faster, ensuring that Soldiers maintain the technological edge over our adversaries. With this overarching […]

Army Building Foundational Software for Common Operating Environment

Army Building Foundational Software for Common Operating Environment

By Kris Osborn and Margaret C. Roth The U.S. Army’s System-of-Systems (SoS) Engineering effort has identified a number of computing environments through which to implement standards defined by the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6), service officials said. When adopted, these standards will define the Common Operating Environment (COE). Aimed at addressing interoperability between systems and agility in development and deployment, the COE also focuses on an open architecture to leverage industry innovation, ensure cyber-hardened foundations for security, and reduce the life-cycle cost of systems. The computing environment (CE) structure is geared toward organizing the Army environment from the sustaining base to the tactical edge. Stringent Standards Stringent technical standards will […]

Army Accelerates App Innovation and Delivery

Army Accelerates App Innovation and Delivery

The next Apps for the Army (A4A) challenge, tentatively scheduled to launch in 2012, is expanding, allowing participation from public and industry developers. The Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 is creating prototype monetization business models, which demonstrate how Web traffic is converted into sales, and is addressing intellectual property rights for the next A4A, said Gary Blohm, Army CIO/G-6’s lead for Army Software Transformation. “This time, the Army wants to tap into industry, and not just for its well-known app development capabilities, but to help them look at new ways to broaden third-party participation in the marketplace,” Blohm said. As a way to accelerate the innovation and delivery of applications, […]

Army Marketplace Revolutionizes Army Software Development and Delivery

Army Marketplace Revolutionizes Army Software Development and Delivery

By Carol Wortman The Army Software Marketplace is formally changing the way the Army defines, develops, tests, certifies, and delivers software applications to Soldiers and the rest of the Army workforce. The Marketplace is part of the Army Software Transformation (AST) initiated by the Army Chief Information Office (CIO)/G-6. By adapting the latest information technology solutions and leveraging industry best practices, the Army is helping to meet Soldiers’ growing demand for capabilities. Incorporating best-practice collaboration and innovation into the Army is reducing the barriers to entry for innovation. The Marketplace will enhance the user-feedback loop, eliminate redundancy, and promote reuse, ensuring an ongoing, sustainable infrastructure of support for ever-changing mission […]

Army Migrates to Enterprise Email

Army Migrates to Enterprise Email

The Army’s network email is in the midst of migrating to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Enterprise Email, an improved system which permits users to have military email access worldwide. The new email system also allows users to retain their accounts if transferred to a different DOD agency or organization. If users switched organizations under the previous system, their email address would change to reflect that. “Right now the global address list is small for individual users, and for the Army there is no visibility on other services’ addresses. Upon migration to Enterprise, 3.9 million addresses will appear in the [global address book] immediately,” said Mike Krieger, Army Deputy […]

Automated Demilitarization Process Estimated to Save Millions for DOD

Automated Demilitarization Process Estimated to Save Millions for DOD

By Jaime Thompson Rarely does a process solve numerous problems at the same time, but the Improved Conventional Munitions Recycle, Recovery, and Reuse (ICM R3) Demilitarization (Demil) process not only helps to preserve and optimize Army Demil ranges, but also returns money to the Demil Enterprise. The ICM R3 Demil process is the first fully automated R3 capability for the demilitarization of M42, M46, and M77 submunitions. It was developed by the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) Demil Technology Directorate and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). “DOD has more than 750,000 D563 projectiles that contain 88 individual M42 and M46 submunitions, and more than 300,000 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) warheads that […]