Army to Kick off Series of Integration Exercises for Tactical Network

Army to Kick off Series of Integration Exercises for Tactical Network

[author type="author"]Claire Heininger[/author] The Army will soon usher in a new approach to testing and delivering networked capabilities, with a six-week event that puts promising new technologies in Soldiers’ hands. With the network deemed the service’s top modernization priority, the spotlight will be on Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, as units from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division test-drive several Programs of Record (PORs) and more than two dozen systems from commercial-off-the-shelf suppliers and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The June-July event, known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), is the first of four events leading up to a fully integrated Brigade Combat Team Network […]

Dr. O’Neill Wins Rice University Alumni Award

Dr. O’Neill Wins Rice University Alumni Award

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] Dr. Malcolm Ross O’Neill, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) and Army Acquisition Executive (AAE), received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University in Houston, TX, May 14 for his outstanding professional accomplishments since receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the school in 1975. “Rice is my favorite academic institution. They were very nice to me when I was a young Soldier and I had been asked to attend graduate school,” O’Neill said upon learning of his award. “My professors treated me with respect and dignity. They treated me like they cared what I thought.” O’Neill, who attended Rice to do graduate […]

Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

[author type="author"]Katie Cain[/author] As preparations for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) kick into high gear, Soldiers, engineers, combat developers, and test officials are joining forces at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM, to provide full-time support to what will be the Army’s largest, most robust network test and evaluation effort to date. The 3,800-plus Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) who are executing the six-week test and evaluation make up the first full brigade the Army has used in its test and evaluation process. The unit has spent the past several months preparing for the NIE in both field […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update

Upcoming Training Opportunities The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement is open from July 12 through Aug. 26. The EIGF is a leadership program conducted by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC. The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The program offers hands-on leadership development for project managers and acquisition professionals. Click on http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/eigf/default.cfm for more on EIGF. The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open July 15 through Aug. 31. ATAP is for civilian Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce members who wish to […]

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

[author type="author"]LTG William N. Phillips[/author] No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot about efficiencies and budget restraint, and about “doing more without more.” But you may not know that a few years before, they were a key topic of discussion in Washington in particular and among some senior leaders in DOD acquisition. The Army was well on its way to implementing a program that not only increases efficiencies, but also continues to ensure that the needs of our warfighters on the battlefield are met, and that we will have a viable and effective acquisition workforce into the future. Section 852 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY08 directed the […]

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

[author type="author"]John Snyder[/author] As our country struggles with a worldwide recession, a large-caliber weapon manufacturing facility on a small parcel of land in upstate New York is dealing with its own challenges to survive. The economic survival of the nearly 200-year-old U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY, hinges on its continuing to do what has made America great—manufacturing high-quality products that last. Nevertheless, the decline of manufacturing in the United States has been well documented. In recent testimony before Congress, Scott N. Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said that well over 5 million American manufacturing jobs have been eliminated since 2000, and more than 50,000 […]

Italy-Based Battalion: Uniquely Positioned to Serve

Italy-Based Battalion:  Uniquely Positioned to Serve

[author type="author"]Jennifer L. King[/author] The small Army depot is located off a scenic tree-lined Italian highway, seemingly innocuous and quiet. But just behind the front gate stands a battalion with tremendous capability and worldwide reach. The 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) at Leghorn Army Depot launches international support to Soldiers and other organizations from this small but capable installation. One of the unit’s current high-profile missions includes reset and handling of left-behind equipment (LBE) for deploying and redeploying units throughout the European theater of operations. The battalion is currently conducting reset and LBE operations on more than 1,100 pieces of military equipment for the 172nd Heavy Brigade […]

Logistics Information Warehouse: An Authoritative Source

Logistics Information Warehouse: An Authoritative Source

Secretary of the Army John McHugh has directed the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) to continue developing the Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW) as the Army’s single authoritative source whereby leaders can maintain situational awareness of equipment across the Army. AMC’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) manages the LIW, a repository for data that will provide a common location for all Army materiel stakeholders to access, acquire, and deliver data and information for managing Army materiel. LIW integrates legacy systems data with data emerging from modern Army Enterprise Resource Planning systems to provide critical strategic business analytics and business intelligence for the Army’s logistics leaders. Previously, warfighters had to coordinate with multiple […]

U.S. Army Materiel Command Named the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator

U.S. Army Materiel Command Named the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator

Secretary of the Army (SecArmy) John McHugh has designated the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI), which changes how the operational Army will receive its equipment in the future. With McHugh’s designation of an LMI in his March 22 memorandum, the Army will standardize the process of providing materiel to the warfighter that once was managed by multiple organizations, databases, and people. “The Army’s new approach for managing materiel is being designed to effectively and efficiently distribute and redistribute materiel to support the generation of trained and ready forces,” McHugh said in the memorandum. “It must represent a different way of doing business that […]