Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Regular reporting and reviews will examine the efficiency of management and oversight processes in services acquisition, such as for equipment-related services, one of six portfolio groups. Here, PFC Mark Rios, a UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer with the  25th General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), resets the controls of a hydraulic system on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI, Nov. 15. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Karl Williams, 25th CAB.) This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

Kimble King (foreground) and Ron Freeman repair a M548 in Anniston Army Depot’s Combat Vehicle Repair Facility. (U.S. Army photo by John Makamson, U.S. Army Materiel Command.) This is the first in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  The Army spends more than $50 billion annually to buy essential services for Soldiers and their families, an amount equating to more than half of the Army’s yearly acquisition spending. The Army and the rest of DOD procure a wide variety of services through contracts with commercial vendors—services as simple as printing, as complex as combat vehicle repair, and as technically sophisticated as […]

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

Deployable medical staff use MC4 to document and track patient care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone. (U.S. Army photos.) A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically […]

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

FORT BELVOIR–Army acquisition employees in the national capital region are invited to learn about the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellow (CDG/AAF) Program at a brown bag lunch on  Nov. 8 at building 213 from 1130-1300. “We will be discussing the CDG/AAF vision and mission, as well as program details, eligibility, benefits, fellowship opportunities, and what is required to complete it,” said Brian Cole, Acquisition Career Manager for the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “The brown bag lunch will be a briefing outlining the details of the program and explaining who qualifies for the program.  It will also give potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions and address any of […]

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

By Dr. Scott Fish The DASA R&T kiosk in the ASAALT exhibit at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition showcased programs and initiatives. (Photo by McArthur Newell, BRTRC/U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.)   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. Time has really flown—it is hard to believe that we are at the beginning of November! It certainly has been a busy time for me and for many people in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). At the end […]

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

By Dana Finney Microgrids use a combination of technologies to produce electricity and allow facilities to be “islanded” from the central grid. This microgrid serves the NTT power company’s facility in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons, 2006 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration will use a distributed energy circuit, or microgrid, combined with other elements to ensure that critical military missions have a reliable, secure electrical supply after a power outage due to natural disasters or attack. Called “Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security” (SPIDERS), the project will explore the advanced controls needed for utility-connected and islanded (operating without a connection […]

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

By Kris Osborn The M109 PIM  is slated for low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm howitzer artillery cannon can fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power more onboard electrical systems. (U.S. Army photo.) The Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm howitzer artillery cannon called the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), with the capability to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power up more onboard electrical systems. The new vehicle, slated to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) by 2013, features a 600-volt onboard power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available. “The PIM is the Army’s modernization program for the […]

USAASC Employees Support Charities Through Combined Federal Campaign

FORT BELVOIR, VA–The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) marks its 50th anniversary this year, and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) employees already are participating in the campaign’s golden anniversary, pledging donations to a cause of their choice from a list of nearly 4,000 charities. “Over the last 50 years, the CFC has raised nearly $7 billion to help combat disease, protect our planet, feed the hungry, and lift up individuals and communities at home and around the world,” wrote President Barack Obama in a message sent on September 13. Robert Coultas, USAASC’s CFC point of contact, said that each directorate at USAASC has a book listing the charities eligible for […]