Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

By Daniel P. Elkins Uniformed contracting officers (KOs), training at the U.S. Army Contracting Command (AAC) pre-deployment readiness exercise Joint Dawn 2012,  benefited from a growing role by civilian contracting professionals. The exercise, conducted Jan. 19-Feb. 3 at Fort Bliss, TX, is designed to develop the Soldier acquisition skills necessary to meet mission needs in a Joint environment downrange, in a ramp-up to a deployment supporting the U.S. Central Command. Of the more than 250 participants in the exercise, 45 members from throughout the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) worked alongside their counterparts from the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) and sister services in roles ranging […]

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

By Brandon Pollachek Operation Big Miguel, a Caravan aircraft with an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance payload helped detect more than 5,500 suspects and 63,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $50.5 million. (U.S. Army photo.) Technology originally created to track improvised explosive device (IED) networks in Afghanistan and Iraq is finding new purpose in supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with mission overwatch during border patrol missions. The Product Manager Observe, Detect, and Identify (PdM ODI) assisted Joint Task Force North (JTF-N) with an operation called Big Miguel by providing payloads and operators similar to those used by Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize) […]

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

By Tiffany Holloway A service member uses his prosthetic eyes to control a tracking reticle on the screen with a tactile (tongue-based) display. (Photo courtesy of USAMRMC.) February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a campaign that was started to raise awareness for macular degeneration and other vision problems. Low vision affects a person’s entire life, interfering with the ability to perform daily activities. The term “low vision” means partial sight or visual impairment that is not correctable with contact lenses or eyeglasses. We often take our sight for granted, but tragedy can strike at any time, even more so on the battlefield. “That’s why the U.S. Army Medical Research and […]

Joint U.S.-British Study Supports Military Application of Drug to Reduce Post-Trauma Bleeding

Joint U.S.-British Study Supports Military Application of Drug to Reduce Post-Trauma Bleeding

By Tiffany Holloway Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death in civilian and military trauma. Fortunately, there is hope, in the form of tranexamic acid (TXA), a synthetic derivative of the amino acid lysine. Through the United States’ Joint Theater Trauma System, which is an organized approach to providing improved trauma care across the continuum of levels of care, especially in the battlefield environment, TXA was recognized after years of observations. There was level 1 evidence in the Clinical Randomization of an Anti-fibrinolytic in Significant Haemorrhage 2 (CRASH-2) trial for the use of TXA, including a purported survival benefit in civilian trauma patients. However, the existing study performed on TXA […]

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

By Bill Good Crawl, Walk, Run: That simple phrase is the common refrain heard in U.S. Army training facilities  throughout the world. This approach forces new Soldiers to focus on the basics before moving onto more advanced techniques. In Afghanistan, that same training principle is being applied at the recently opened Afghan National Army (ANA) Armor Branch School.  In March, the ANA will take possession of the first 58 of 352 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV)  to enhance their quick reaction and Mobile Strike Force (MSF) capabilities. These  vehicles represent the first kandak, or battalion, size element of armored vehicles for the ANA. This capability will be critical when U.S. […]

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

By Kris Osborn One of the goals of ASAALT’s Strategic Plan is equipping the Army for the 21st century, focused on designing, developing, procuring, and fielding warfighting equipment for Soldiers. Here, BG Jonathan A. Maddux, Program Executive Officer Ammunition and Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, Senior Commander, fires the inaugural shot at Picatinny’s new small arms range on Dec. 16, 2011. Maddux fired the Lightweight Small Arms Technology Light Machine Gun, which is currently in the technology base of the Armament Research, Developing, and Engineering Center. (U.S. Army photo.) The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Strategy and Performance Planning has outlined a five-year strategic plan designed to ensure continued […]

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

MAJ John McGee, Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.1 Aerial Tier Trail Boss (left) talks with LTC Jon Ellis, Military Deputy to Project Director Futures, System of Systems Integration Directorate, inside a Company Command Post at the 2011 LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, FL. The Command Post was part of the Army’s Network Modernization booth that featured equipment involved in the first NIE in June-July 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Claire Schwerin, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical.) In the months since the Army concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, in November 2011, hundreds of Soldiers, engineers, developers, and program managers have remained at Fort Bliss, TX, and […]

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

By Summer Barkley MAJ Thomas W. Casey, REF Team Chief, Afghanistan, briefs Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs; and BG Bryan G. Watson, Director, Joint Engineering Directorate, USFOR-A, on solar power platforms used in the REF’s Energy to the Edge program to provide efficient power generation systems to combatant commanders of tactical units. (U.S. Army photo by Summer Barkley.) Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives that bring energy-efficient power generation to forward-deployed units in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) were showcased to senior DoD personnel Jan. 8. Members of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s […]

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

By Bill Good This Mobile Strike Force Vehicle (MSFV) Armored Personnel Carrier with Gunner’s Protective Kit is one of three variants of the MSFV, which is based on a modified, updated version of a Textron Marine and Land Systems vehicle platform design. The modifications to the MSFV allow for additional protection while still utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf parts. (Photo by Textron Marine and Land Systems.) The U.S. Army has taken another significant step forward in the strategic withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan with the shipment of the first 18 production Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) to theater. These 18 vehicles, shipped in November 2011, are the first of 281 MSFVs that […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: January 2012

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: January 2012

Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program We are piloting the new Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP), a 2½-day course focusing on developing better civilian leadership. FY12 offerings will be available for courses running from February through July. Contact your command Acquisition Career Management Advocate if you are interested in attending. The two levels of ALCP, with areas of focus, are: ALCP I (GS-12/13, O-3/O-4) Personal leadership strengths and weaknesses. Preferred leadership styles. Modeling leadership challenges. Using power to increase productivity. Cultural traits that affect organizational performance. Practical solutions to personnel issues. Setting and achieving goals. ALCP II (GS-14/15, O-5/O-6) Comprehensive look at personal leadership strengths, weaknesses, preferences, styles, and behaviors. Leadership styles […]