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 […]

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

By Cynthia Merritt and Alvin Bing To date, more than 31,000 Light Tactical Vehicles (LTVs) have been fielded to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. An additional 10,000 are scheduled to be fielded through 2012. (U.S. Army photo.) The U.S. Army’s Product Director Non-Standard Vehicles (PD NSV) is providing the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) with key maneuver capabilities that are critical to expediting the strategic drawdown of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014. In 2005 NATO’s Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan began equipping the ANSF with the Ford Ranger J97 Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to enhance the ANSF’s tactical capabilities and its ability to secure […]

Army Agency Completes Mission to Destroy Chemical Weapons

Army Agency Completes Mission to Destroy Chemical Weapons

Workers move the last two ton containers of lewisite blister agent into the Area 10 Liquid Incinerator for destruction Jan. 17. The small stockpile of lewisite at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD) was the only stockpile in the United States. This movement of munitions was the last for DCD, marking the end of nearly 70 years of storing chemical weapons. The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD), UT, on Jan. 21. With the elimination of the Utah chemical weapons stockpile, CMA has safely destroyed nearly 90 percent of the Nation’s stockpile of chemical agent and has successfully completed its […]

S&T Notebook: Events Update

S&T Notebook: Events Update

By Dr. Scott Fish This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. Bruce Burkholder (left), Global Technology Manager for DuPont’s Advanced Fiber Systems Life Protection Group, and Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, examine ballistic test results on a Kevlar-based helmet prototype. (Photos courtesy of Army Chief Scientist.) First, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. There are a lot of exciting, significant events scheduled in 2012, and I will be updating these happenings for you in this column throughout the year. Since my last monthly update, […]

Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

By Barb Ruppert U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center researchers partnered with student teams from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School create commercialization plans for military medicine projects. Here, USAMRMC Researcher Anthony Radice works at a lab bench. (U.S. Army photo by USAMRMC.) Student teams from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Global MBA Program presented commercialization plans for eight military medicine projects in December, marking the first such DoD/university technology transfer partnership. The military projects were all sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (USAMRMC TATRC). TATRC joined with Johns Hopkins’ […]

Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

By Betsy Kozak Dr. Bohdan Pomahac , Director of Plastic Surgery Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, works with his operating room team during surgery. (Photo courtesy of Lightchaser Photography.) A medical research contract established through the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, has led to the nation’s first full-face transplant and the first combination face-and-hands transplant. This contract was established as part of a biomedical translational initiative directed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and led by Thomas J. Bouchard, Natick Contracting Division Deputy Chief, to advance the treatment of military members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The request for proposal […]

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

By Steven Galvan Army medics use the Wireless Vital Signs Monitor during a simulated training exercise. Combat medics could soon have a new vital signs monitoring device in their first aid kits to help accurately evaluate and track the condition of wounded warriors, from the point of injury on the battlefield through the medical evacuation process to an emergency room. The Wireless Vital Signs Monitor (WVSM), designed by a partnership of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and Athena GTX and approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, began the final phase of approval in September 2011 with clinical trials at […]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

By Orli Belman Jewel Mine: the balance training motor rehabilitation game developed by the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), was installed in the Ottawa, KS, home of injured Iraq war veteran SSG Allen Hill to aid in his rehabilitation. (Image courtesy of ICT.) A crew from the popular television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently installed a physical therapy exercise game developed at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in a house built for Iraq war veteran SSG Allen Hill, who suffered injuries and needed to be able to do customized rehabilitation exercises at home. “This is a researcher’s dream come […]

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

By Orli Belman Virtual SSG Jacob Garza is part of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies’ (ICT) Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment installed at Fort Benning, GA. The classroom-based prototype supports the instruction, practice, and assessment of interpersonal communication skills for leadership and counseling. (Photos courtesy of ICT.) This month, second lieutenants at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA, begin interpersonal skills training with the help of SSG Jacob Garza, a virtual human that looks, moves, speaks, and behaves like a real person. Through conversations with this simulated squad leader—who offers consistent responses and never gets tired—young officers will experience what can go […]

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

By MAJ Jason A. Regules and COL Christian F. Ockenhouse Critical field-site testing for the current Phase III study is ongoing in western Kenya at the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya (USAMRU-K), an overseas laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Here, Kenyan healthcare workers participate in malaria microscopy training conducted by USAMRU-K. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Africa.) The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and public-private partners recently received recognition from Time magazine for the development of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, when Time called the vaccine the second most momentous medical breakthrough of 2011. Malaria is a major worldwide problem that is endemic […]