USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Three candidates from the Army Reserve were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) virtual reclassification panel held on Jan. 11-14, 2016. The panel was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the Reserve Component Proponent Office. The number of selected applicants varies across each panel and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time. The selection rate for this panel was 33 percent. “The Army Reserve is committed to ensuring that we have the best candidates for our contracting community to deploy globally,” said Lt. […]

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

by Kristen Kushiyama ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Almost every communications device issued by the U.S. Army has some level of encryption capability to help prevent sensitive military information from falling into the wrong hands. Encryption capabilities are traditionally developed during the communications devices’ development, which leads to numerous cryptographic engine cores. These cryptographic engine cores securely process key product information for sender authentication and confidentiality, integrity and non-repudiation of messages. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is leading the Army’s technology program to decrease the number and variety of cryptographic engine cores by developing a universal encryptor, which will be a common […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

by Michael Clow (ASA (ALT)) WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 22, 2016) — Leaders from the Joint Project Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO JLTV) celebrated receiving DOD’s David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence for 2015 during a Pentagon ceremony last week–the team’s second such award in just three years. The JLTV program is an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps to replace a portion of each service’s light tactical vehicle fleets. The new truck will close existing capability gaps caused by an imbalance of payload, performance and protection, while giving Soldiers and Marines enhanced protection and improved maneuverability, transportability, maintainability and connectivity to 21st-century battlefield networks. “I am […]

Small Business Island

Small Business Island

Short of qualified small businesses, the 413th CSB expanded its outreach, data collection and sharing to find ones that could meet its mission. by Col. Kevin M. Nash When it comes to the Army meeting its small business goals, small businesses have their own demographic and every region is different in terms of the numbers of qualified small businesses. That may be most problematic when the region is Hawaii, as the 413th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB) has discovered. The 413th CSB, one of six CSBs of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC), supports U.S. Army Pacific. The 413th CSB provides garrison and expeditionary contracting to Army units and joint […]

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

by Vanessa Flores FORT BLISS, Texas (February 18, 2016) — As the next generation of vehicles are being built to facilitate Army modernization, the next generation of future engineers are setting the foundation for their potential career paths. El Paso high school students have been visiting the System of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate’s Integration Motor Pool (IMP) at Fort Bliss, Texas during preparation for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 exercise this spring. The Capability Package Directorate, which provides engineering and systems integration support for the Army’s semi-annual NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment events, is now building the network and integrating equipment for the Soldier-led […]

CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

by Mr. Gregory Mahall Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland (Feb. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), welcomed its new Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Matthew D. McCoy to APG in a Change of Responsibility ceremony here today. McCoy arrives from his most recent assignment as the Garrison CSM for the United States Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea. He replaces outgoing CSM William G. Bruns, who was recently assigned as the new CSM for U.S. Army Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), currently based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. McCoy was officially installed into his new role by CECOM Commanding General and APG […]

The renaissance of technology development risk reduction

The renaissance of technology development risk reduction

By Kristen Kushiyama, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (February 10, 2016) – An Army research and development representative addressed electronic warfare, cyber and signal intelligence professionals on how the Army is using field experimentation to mature and validate emerging technologies in their field during an event in Wall Township, New Jersey Feb. 10. The Association of Old Crows’ Garden State Chapter held a lunch-and-learn event for its members to learn about the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, revitalization efforts of field experimentation and integration to the Army’s acquisition and operations communities. Dr. Richard H. Wittstruck, associate director of Field Based Experimentation and Integration […]

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

By Mr. Michael Clow (ASA(ALT)) SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (February 12, 2016) — This week Army leaders took an important step toward a new competition for improved Medium Tactical Vehicles by sharing lessons learned and planned improvements with interested industry partners. The current Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) first entered production in 1991 to replace the iconic 2.5-ton “deuce and a half” and 5-ton trucks. Some of those trucks trace their design legacy back to World War II, but the new generation focused on a common chassis and components. Over the past 25 years, multiple vendors have produced, upgraded, and improved more than 75,000 of these vehicles. The trucks form […]

High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

Nett Warrior has already been deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan By Kris Osborn The Army is upgrading and more widely deploying a cutting-edge battlefield force-tracking technology for dismounted Soldiers, enabling them to know the locations of their fellow Soldiers and more quickly find, identify, target and destroy enemy fighters. Called Nett Warrior, the technology is a cell-phone-like device showing graphics on a small, digital moving map identifying fast-moving combat information. “The power of this is to network the Soldier,” Lt. Col. Adrian Marsh, Product Manager, Ground Soldier System, told Scout Warrior in an interview. The Army plans to more-widely deploy Nett Warrior, which has already been fielded […]

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

Faces of the Force: Kenneth Telsee

POSITION AND UNIT: Management analyst, Workforce Development Branch, Enterprise Resources Division, Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 3 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level I in contracting EDUCATION: B.A. in business administration, Triton University International Make the most of what comes your way By Susan L. Follett “Growing up in small-town Louisiana, I learned to be thankful for every opportunity—even the bad ones,” said Shreveport native Ken Telsee. With that mindset, he turned a difficult Army post into a learning experience and now works to facilitate career development for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Telsee enlisted in the Army after high school, thanks to a recruiter “who […]