Energizing the Base

Energizing the Base

JMC brings new employees aboard with its AMPED program to develop a workforce that’s energized, committed and engaged. by Ms. Erica Slattery, Ms. Heather Tahja and Ms. Nicole Kirschmann Faced with two challenges—a big chunk of its workforce nearing retirement age and a growing number of new hires—the Joint Munitions Command has rolled out a new training program that’s increasing connection and motivation among new and existing employees. Launched in January 2015 and based on research conducted across the JMC workforce, the Achieving Maximum Professional Employee Development (AMPED) program is designed to welcome new employees and show them the breadth and depth of JMC—the organization, its mission and its people. […]

Harnessing human systems integration to improve critical military systems

Harnessing human systems integration to improve critical military systems

Military technology, in any form, has at least one major requirement: It has to be usable by Soldiers. By John Higgins, PEO IEW&S Within the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), this critical need is met through human systems integration (HSI). The process and purpose of HSI is to incorporate human usability into system definition, design, development and evaluation, yielding equipment that’s easier to operate, maintain and sustain. HSI also can increase efficiency across the board, from reducing the time it takes to train on a piece of equipment to making it accessible to a broader range of Soldiers. To understand the importance of the […]

Technical Manuals That Work

Technical Manuals That Work

Logistics demonstrations ready a suite of tools to improve the Army’s tactical network by inviting Soldiers to test the supporting documents in the fielding package. by Lt. Col. Mark Henderson Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to follow inaccurate or confusing directions while troubleshooting your home network? You may feel like tossing the directions and your computer right out the window. Now imagine troubleshooting with ambiguous directions under enemy fire, with your commander standing over your shoulder impatiently waiting for you to get his critical network connection up and running. On the battlefield, clear and accurate technical manuals can be just as important as the capabilities they support. The Army […]

USD(AT&L) awards an opportunity to highlight successes

USD(AT&L) awards an opportunity to highlight successes

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 18, 2017) — Award nominations are now being accepted for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Acquisition Awards—a chance for the Army to highlight the organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to defense acquisition. Awards will be given in six categories:   The Workforce Development Innovation Award recognizes organizations for exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges. The Individual Achievement Award This award recognizes individuals in each of the acquisition functional disciplines. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes civilian and military teams that demonstrate innovation and technical excellence in acquisition to […]

Meeting Global Demand

Meeting Global Demand

The Army’s new director of operations at the Rapid Capabilities Office arrived at his post from the Army’s Talent Management Task Force. He discusses how the Army views, gets and keeps the talent it needs. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest After spearheading the Army’s Talent Management Task Force since May 2016, Maj. Gen. Wilson “Al” Shoffner Jr. joined the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) as director of operations in April. At first glance, there may not seem to be an obvious link between his former assignment and his new one. After all, one is focused on maximizing individual capability to meet Army personnel needs, while the other is focused on expediting […]

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

By Scott Sundsvold, I3MP The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on April 15, improving Army voice and data networks for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the National Cancer Institute, all located at Fort Detrick. Part of a multi-year project, the modernization enabled Fort Detrick to provide a new building for USAMRIID, with Enterprise Survivable Servers and gateways to support Voice over Internet Protocol and analog requirements. Alberto Dominguez, an I3MP assistant product manager, led the $1.02 million effort’s […]

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

Army acquisition pre-command course prepares students for future roles

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 16, 2017)—Thirty-five future military and civilian Army acquisition leaders completed the fifth Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) last month in Arlington, Virginia, preparing them as future product managers, acquisition directors and contracting commanders. Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the newly appointed principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and director of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) spoke at AALPC for the first time. He explained what to expect as a new commander and what it means to be successful. “Success as an O-5 commander is based on your knowledge and your ability to articulate what you […]

Building a Love for Math and Science

Building a Love for Math and Science

RDECOM’s STEM outreach program targets students from kindergarten to college by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin Knocking down a stack of blocks, then backing up to switch directions, a robot effortlessly moves around a local school as a group of children watch and wait for their turn to operate the remote control. The children marvel at the hodgepodge of whirring motors, nuts and bolts, the culmination of their hard work in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics competition. Through STEM experiences, competitions and research apprenticeships, the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—managed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) on behalf of the assistant secretary of the Army […]

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

Faces of the Force: Stefanie A. “Alix” Gayton

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation TITLE: Chief, Acquisition Management Branch; Supervisory Procurement Analyst, Business Management Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 12 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MILITARY: 15 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: Master of public administration, Troy University; B.S. in business and communication, West Texas A&M University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award as a member of the Defense Energy Support Center’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Bulk Helium Support Team; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medals; Air Force Commendation Medals; Air Force Achievement Medals MAXIMIZING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES by Ms. Susan Follett Stefanie A. “Alix” […]

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, is now immersed in the development of design concepts for various super high-tech tank platforms. Extensive conceptual work, simulation and design modeling will be needed before there is any opportunity to “bend metal” and produce a new tank. by Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, high-tech future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire –  all for the 2030s and beyond. The new vehicle, […]