Army AL&T’s 2017 ‘ALTies’—The envelope, please…

Army AL&T’s 2017 ‘ALTies’—The envelope, please…

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 16, 2018)—Award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies” honors, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2017. Seung kook “Sunny” Burns and James Zunino from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) won Army AL&T’s inaugural Readers’ Choice Award, given by the readers of Army AL&T’s magazine to the year’s most-read article. Their submission, “Rambo’s Premiere,” about the first successful firing of 3-D printed ammunition from a 3-D printed grenade launcher, was far and away the most popular article of 2017, reaching more than 6,380 readers on […]

An unexpected angle on cost control

An unexpected angle on cost control

How a relatively little-known cost estimating tool can help prevent and correct contract overruns when other methods have fallen short. by Mr. Anthony J. Nicolella When a contractor regularly overruns the estimated cost of a contract, the solution may lie in a tool that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) does not require but, when properly implemented, can make all the difference: the most probable cost estimate, known as MPC. If you needed to buy a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for your house, you would get prices on several, then look at future costs in terms of energy and repairs, filters, etc. Should you go for the cheapest […]

Information insecurity

Information insecurity

New DOD cell focuses on protecting unclassified data. But if data is unclassified, why do we need to protect it? by Mr. Andrew Fulton, Mr. Keith Ramsey and Mr. Thomas Quigley When it comes to protecting classified information, military personnel, civilians and contractors know the rules by heart. And if they don’t, required annual or semiannual retraining reminds everyone of the rules. But for at least one category of unclassified information, those rules become murky. This sometimes overlooked aspect of maintaining U.S. technological superiority is a growing concern as global access to the internet increases and cyberattacks become more sophisticated and commonplace. In February, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. […]

Shifting gears

Shifting gears

How RDECOM is responding to the new modernization imperative. by Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins Central to the Army’s future is the decision by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and then-Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy to adopt a new modernization model, with the main focus on making Soldiers and Army units more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) part in this mission is to provide the research and development (R&D) for technologies that will enable the Army to dominate on the battlefield. To support the new modernization model, the Army asked […]

Change is what you make of it

Change is what you make of it

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Rapid Capabilities Office,; System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SOSE&I) Directorate,; Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer, Army Rapid Capabilities Office; director for engineering and integration and chief engineer, SOSE&I YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in systems engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in strategy and planning, U.S. Army War College; M.S. in electrical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, Drexel University. Also attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows and Senior Managers in Government programs and Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Leadership Cohort 3 Program. AWARDS: Outstanding Achievement Award from the […]

March hot topics

March hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates ACMAs and lead OAPs met in Orlando, Florida, with the Army DACM Office for a highly productive discussion of the latest developments in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan and the Army DACM Office and, more importantly, questions and concerns from the field. ACMAs and lead OAPs shared best practices and challenges, as well recommendations on the initiatives the Army DACM Office is working on. A few of the practices shared included an orientation program that provides a “greening opportunity” to civilians new to the AAW; a recognition program using peer nominations; and a crowd favorite, the philosophy and process successfully being implemented […]

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Defense Threat Reduction Agency TITLE: Chief, Protection and Hazard Mitigation Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 11 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in chemical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.S. in chemical engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in engineering, UCLA; Licensed Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia AWARDS: Defense Acquisition Workforce Award – Science and Technology Management; DTRA Research Directorate Distinguished Technical Fellow; DTRA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; Army Superior Civilian Service Medal By Ms. Susan Follett “Besides budget battles, the hardest part of science and technology is getting new capabilities in the warfighter’s hands—[past] the famous ‘valley of death’ […]

A team effort

A team effort

Award-winning ManTech program to create a new kind of blast-resistant aluminum vehicle hull resulted from a variety of new and existing R&D.  by Dr. Bryan Cheeseman During the autumns of 2014 and 2015, the Army demonstrated a force protection capability using a newly designed aluminum hull for combat vehicles. These tests involved a large underbody blast gauged on enemy threats as part of the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) project called Affordable Protection from Objective Threats (APOT). The research and development (R&D) on the APOT program offers tremendous improvements and great promise in force protection for the future. APOT focused on the maturation of lower hull manufacturing techniques, pulling together […]

Open-door policy

Open-door policy

ARL implements a new business model to pursue collaboration with academia and industry in a 21st century research culture. by Ms. Wendy Leonard The U.S. Army of 2040 and beyond will operate in rapidly changing domains with unparalleled complexity. Army leadership has long recognized the need to invest in science and technology (S&T) to empower the discovery and innovation needed to maintain technological overmatch and win future battles in an increasingly complex environment. In response, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has implemented a new business model, Open Campus, to pursue leading-edge basic and applied research in a truly collaborative fashion by enabling the continuous flow of people and ideas […]

Border crossings

Border crossings

Modernization priorities spur the Army to take a more strategic approach to international engagement with S&T partners. by Dr. Arthur J. Goff III The future operational environment demands that the Army act now to increase flexibility and adaptability, improve interoperability and compatibility and effectively accommodate evolving alliances and partnerships. To meet these demands and maximize effectiveness for the warfighter, the Army is focusing its science and technology (S&T) investments on six modernization priorities: precision fires; Next Generation Combat Vehicle; Future Vertical Lift; network and command, control, communications and intelligence; air and missile defense; and Soldier lethality. Underpinning these modernization priorities are a series of cross-cutting topic areas and capability gaps: […]