No Barriers to Mission Command

No Barriers to Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND – Army engineers recently demonstrated network technology that will allow commanders to conduct mission command using multiple computing devices from brigade down to the edge. The Tactical Computing Environment, or TCE, developed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, supports the Army’s Force 2025 and Beyond strategy, which provides the nation with a more expeditionary and agile force. “The military’s large, fixed ‘TOC Mahals’ have given way to smaller, more mobile command posts in an effort to support the Army’s push for expeditionary mission command,” said Cynthia Carpenter, CERDEC Command, Power, and Integration, or CP&I, […]

Rule No. 1

Rule No. 1

The first principle of any defense acquisition must be the welfare of the warfighter, more than the program’s future, although it isn’t always so.   by John T. Dillard, Col., USA (Ret.) In any career, military or civilian, of any significant time span, one will have the misfortune to work for at least one world-class jerk. I had one who was that for me and many others, and his actions personified for me the reason for Hippocrates’ oft-quoted principle of medical care—in English, “First, do no harm.” In the early 1980s, he commanded the brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division that had proponency for all things tactical and operational about parachute […]

Fill In Those Blanks

Fill In Those Blanks

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Setting up your calendar for 2017? Take a few minutes to read the latest issue of the DACM Newsletter and find out the most effective ways to fill in all that white space: courses and developmental opportunities designed to help you do your job more effectively. Posted today, the newsletter outlines IDEAL, a pilot program for leader development for GS-12s and GS-13s. It also provides dates and information on upcoming sessions of the DACM’s most popular programs, including AALPC and DAU-SSCF. Maybe you don’t see a training program that fits exactly what your organization needs? Consider DAWDF—a program that provides funding for programs that improve […]

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 25, 2017) — As the Army continues to “do more with less,” process improvements such as those spurred by Lean Six Sigma (LSS) ideology are enabling the Army to more efficiently manage government resources. In support of these concepts, 17 LSS Black Belt candidates from APG, including employees from Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), completed a four-week course in December as part of their certifications. LSS is a process-improvement framework that enables practitioners to evaluate complex issues, identify inefficiencies and develop solutions to save time and money. During the class graduation, Gary Martin, […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Maj. Aleyzer Mora TITLE: Assistant program manager (APM) for command centers, Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 4 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.S. in acquisition and contracting, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Touro University; B.S. in business administration, Methodist University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, […]

Swapping Intel

Swapping Intel

Strengthening ties with the intelligence community From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center How well do the acquisition and intelligence communities synchronize their efforts, coordinate their activities and communicate to each other what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and why? That question was an underlying theme when U.S. Army senior leaders met Sept. 15-16, 2016, for the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) Summit at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The NGIC, part of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, provides scientific and technical intelligence as well as general military intelligence on foreign ground forces. As you […]

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

By Scott Sundsvold, PM I3MP FORT BELVOIR – The Product Manager for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PdM I3MP) has completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization effort for the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. “This modernization effort delivers the foundational Installation Capability Set that will connect this critical Army facility with the Army network for the next 10 to 20 years,” said Brendan Burke, product manager for PdM I3MP Assistant Product Manager Alberto Dominguez led the $7.44 million effort for PdM I3MP, completing it on Dec. 15, 2016. Dominguez and his team, known as Assistant Project Manager for Installation Capability Sets – […]

Robots Must Flex Their Minds for Muscle Memory

Robots Must Flex Their Minds for Muscle Memory

Rosie the robot learns about the world, with help from a plethora of ARL-designed sensors by Dr. Joseph Conroy and Mr. Earl Jared Shamwell If you ever watched “The Jetsons,” an animated sitcom (1963-1964) about a family living in fictional Orbit City in the 2060s, you likely remember the iconic depiction of a futuristic utopia complete with flying cars and robotic contraptions to take care of many human needs. Robots, such as sass-talking housekeeper Rosie, could move through that world and perform tasks ranging from the mundane to the highly complex, all with human-like ease. In the real world, however, robotic technology has not matured so swiftly. What will it […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Chad Braun

Faces of the Force: Mr. Chad Braun

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville TITLE: Senior project engineer/civil engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in contracting; Level II in facilities engineering EDUCATION: B.S. in civil engineering, Tennessee Technological University AWARDS: Commanders Certificate of Appreciation, Emergency Management Debris Mission Subject Matter Expert; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Gen. Thomas Bostick Certificate of Appreciation Award for Excellence in Contract Administration; LRN Construction Management Excellence Award; Commanders Certificate of Appreciation, Emergency Management Debris Mission, Hurricane Katrina   Engineering skills dovetail with emergency management projects By Susan L. Follett It’s not often you hear someone say, “I have a passion for deploying […]

Then & Now: Setting a Pacer for Acquisition

Then & Now: Setting a Pacer for Acquisition

By Mr. Robert E. Coultas and Ms. Susan L. Follett The seeds of the now-ubiquitous integrated product team took root some 20 years ago, producing a major shift in mindset and program management. Everything has to start somewhere, and that includes the processes that underpin acquisition today. The integrated product teams (IPTs) now so prevalent in program offices were a novel idea back in 1996, when Army AL&T’s predecessor publication featured a success story from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) about its use of a process called Pacer to speed fielding of vital communications equipment. CECOM’s approach was a response to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry’s call for […]