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 […]

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’ […]