U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Facilitates Delivery of Bell 407 Helicopters to Iraq

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Facilitates Delivery of Bell 407 Helicopters to Iraq

[author type="author"]Beth E. Clemons[/author] The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) recently facilitated the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of three Bell 407 training helicopters to the government of Iraq. The helicopters were loaded onto a cargo plane at Huntsville International Airport, AL, Dec. 5 and delivered to Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 11. The new training helicopters will help train qualified Iraqi army pilots to operate and maintain the aircraft, and will rapidly accelerate the fielding and utilization of Iraqi Armed 407 Armed Scout Helicopters, which are scheduled to be fielded by the end of 2011. “To receive the aircraft is something like a dream that became a reality,” said LTC […]

M113, M88 Work Begins for Foreign Military Sales to Iraq

M113, M88 Work Begins for Foreign Military Sales to Iraq

[author type="author"]Miranda Myrick[/author] Vehicle production began Jan. 12 at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), AL, on a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case facilitated by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command to provide refurbished M113 armored personnel carriers and M88 recovery vehicles to the Iraqi government. “These vehicles will help the government of Iraq be more self-reliant in the defense of their country, enabling our troops to come home,” said Phillip Dean, Chief of Integrated Logistics Support at ANAD, where plans call for production of 586 M113s of the A2 variant. The FMS calls for 21 M88s. The M113A2 work, estimated to be worth $60 million, is to be conducted at ANAD […]

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

By John Daniele The Romanian armed forces’ training vision is to prepare leaders, Soldiers, and units for operational missions in support of NATO-International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and Kosovo, the European Union, United Nations, and Romanian national security interests. The Romanian land forces’ “commander’s intent” is to train to improve readiness and warfighting capabilities through tough, realistic, battle-focused combined arms training that is a combination of live, virtual, constructive, and gaming capabilities. Through the acquisition and integration of advanced training technologies, the Romanian armed forces say they will be better prepared to achieve this vision and improve leader and staff development and unit readiness. Security Assistance and Foreign Military […]

Foreign Military Sales: The Process and Benefits

Foreign Military Sales: The Process and Benefits

[author type="author"]LTC Richard L. Williams[/author] As the Assistant Product Manager (APM) responsible for International Apache Programs, within Program Executive Office Aviation’s Project Manager Apache, I was asked numerous times about the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process: What is FMS and why does the United States participate in the program? Who determines what we can sell and to whom? What is the process to sell equipment to a country? What does FMS do for “me” in the cockpit? There are two methods of purchasing military equipment: FMS or Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Through DCS, a country goes directly to a contractor or original equipment manufacturer to buy a product or service. […]

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The Army has just finished its 10th winter in Afghanistan, a country in which mountainous terrain often means that the only practical method of providing indirect fire support is the mortar. In addition to being easily portable, emplaced, and fired, mortars can be fired with high-arcing trajectories that are invaluable during assaults on insurgents in the mountains. The mortar’s only drawback is its relative lack of accuracy, but that has now changed. As DOD’s premier test center for artillery and mortars, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), AZ, is at the forefront in developing guided artillery and mortar projectiles. The technology has evolved to such a degree […]

New Picatinny IDEA Program Fosters Innovation for Future Army Technology

New Picatinny IDEA Program Fosters Innovation for Future Army Technology

While reading a ski magazine in 2008, Penn State University engineering student Adam Druga had a flash of inspiration that set him on a path he called “absolutely adventurous.” But it was no snow trail. Druga’s path has been that of an inventor. Druga was reading about a new material being used to protect skiers when he fashioned his idea: to combine the new material with another in just the right way and so produce a lightweight yet flexible material that could protect Soldiers from bullets and shrapnel. Now a mechanical engineer working on a team that designs gun mounts at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center […]

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Conducts CDG/AAF Orientation, Induction, and Graduation

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Conducts CDG/AAF Orientation, Induction, and Graduation

[author type="author"]Robert E. Coultas[/author] The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) Program graduated six Fellows and inducted 13 at its Orientation, Induction, and Graduation March 7-9, 2011. CDG/AAF is a 3-year leadership program that offers board-selected individuals leadership training, developmental assignments, and mentoring to gain experience and knowledge that prepare them to fill future critical acquisition positions and key leadership positions. “You personally have to choose what your experience is going to be,” said Craig A. Spisak, Deputy Director, Acquisition Career Management and Director, USAASC, in advising the Fellows on how to succeed. “You have to take experiential opportunities and say, ‘I’m going to […]

DACM Corner: AcqDemo: Rewarding Excellence

[author type="author"]LTG William N. Phillips[/author] Many of you in the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Workforce no doubt are wondering what the pending transition from the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) to the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) will mean for your careers. I would like to assure you that AcqDemo brings with it great potential to recognize and reward your hard work on behalf of our Soldiers. The transition from NSPS to AcqDemo as the personnel and performance management system for approximately 14,000 employees in the DOD acquisition workforce, including about 6,000 in Army AL&T, is on track to be completed by May 22, as most of […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2011 Update

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2011 Update

Upcoming Training Opportunities We have many educational and leadership opportunities available in the near term. Our updated Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience Catalog provides in-depth information on all training and developmental opportunities. Please view the catalog on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) website at http://asc.army.mil/career/pubs/aete/default.cfm for information on all training opportunities available to acquisition civilian and military workforce members. Eligible and interested applicants may apply for all of our programs by using the Army Acquisition Professional Development System tab within the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS) at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp. The School of Choice (SOC) announcement is open until May 2. SOC is […]

Three New Munitions From Picatinny Light Up Night Sky for Warfighters

Three New Munitions From Picatinny Light Up Night Sky for Warfighters

[author type="author"]Tracy Robillard[/author] Soldiers now have capabilities to engage the enemy far more effectively during nighttime operations, following the recent full materiel release (FMR) of three infrared (IR) illuminating rounds. The term FMR signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable, and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers. [quote align="left"]IR illumination burns longer and significantly increases the area of battlefield illumination, and its performance is less sensitive to temperature and firing conditions compared to the standard visible light illumination.[/quote] The M1064 105mm IR Illuminating Cartridge, the M1066 155mm IR Illuminating Projectile, and the M992 40mm IR Illuminant Cartridge […]