DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

By Kristine Faria The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program marked a high point in November as the current class graduated from the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. Designed to strengthen the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of senior acquisition leaders, PMT 401 uses a case study approach, asking students to analyze cases that represent contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas. During the course, required by law for Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) program managers (PMs), participants applied their knowledge of the acquisition environment and deepened their understanding of acquisition principles and practices. Speakers, team projects, media training and leadership simulations enriched the […]

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

Respondents to Army AL&T magazine’s biennial survey of its readers were thoughtful and incisive, and provided much food for thought for the magazine’s staff. (And, oh, by the way, can we make the articles shorter?) If you’re a member of the Army Acquisition Workforce and are reading this magazine for the first time, maybe one of us isn’t doing their job. We need to know if it’s us. by Mr. Steve Stark We asked you to be honest with us about Army AL&T magazine in our recent reader survey, and those of you who responded were by turns insightful, silly, irritated, full of suggestions and completely unaware of Army AL&T’s […]

Dreaming of a Strategy

Dreaming of a Strategy

DASA(P) looks ahead to new possibilities for streamlining acquisition as a new congressionally created panel embarks on a sweeping review. by Mr. Harry P. Hallock A few months ago, I received a phone call asking me to participate on a panel with 17 other current and former colleagues charged with reforming the DOD acquisition system. In Section 809 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress created the panel to advise DOD how to streamline the acquisition process, in an effort to maintain an advantage in defense technology. My initial thought was, “Here we go again! More acquisition reform, only to stay the same.” But as I integrated onto […]

Army honors its Acquisition professionals

Army honors its Acquisition professionals

By Debra A. Dawson Program Executive Office Soldier Public Affairs Office FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (Dec. 2, 2016) – Ms. Steffanie Easter, senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive (AAE), and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, ASA(ALT) principal military deputy, presided over the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony Dec. 1. The annual awards ceremony highlighted talent from across Army Acquisition to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in their field and a dedication in their service. Also honored during the ceremony were the authors for the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene […]

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Army’s Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) has begun a Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The HSMCC Initiative is the Army’s evolutionary approach to provide corps, divisions and select other commands the capability to host and operate mission command systems at home station. A three-phase approach has been developed to ensure that mission commands are equipped with this capability. Phase one requires surveys to be conducted through multi-organization survey teams, to determine the operational state of each HSMCC. Information from the site assessments will be used to develop […]

And The Award Goes To …

And The Award Goes To …

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure feels good. Follow these tips to make your next award nomination a winner. By Ms. Susan L. Follett The Army Acquisition Workforce includes more than 37,000 highly talented professionals, all of whom have achievements of which they can be proud. But only so many awards are given out every year. Here are a few tips to help your nomination stand out from all the rest. Prepare well in advance. Start the process early and give yourself plenty of time. Like most holidays, these awards come around at the same time each year. Nominations for DOD acquisition awards are collected at the direct reporting unit […]

Speed Contracting

Speed Contracting

DIUx, DOD’s outreach to the tech community, has developed commercial solutions opening, an OTA mechanism that moves from first contact to final contract in 60 days or less. And DIUx is about to share how to use CSO with the rest of the federal government. by Mr. Michael Bold When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter started the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in August 2015 in a bid to re-establish DOD’s once robust ties to the technology innovation of Silicon Valley, DIUx needed to find a way to move “at the speed of business.” Silicon Valley considered the department a bad customer, if it considered DOD at all. The federal […]

CHESS Has Another Move

CHESS Has Another Move

Reverse auctions turn sellers into bidders and drive competition. by Ms. Stacy Watson In January 2016, Computer Hardware Software and Solutions (CHESS) launched its reverse auction capability through the CHESS IT e-mart website, designed to drive down the total cost of acquisition and increase savings to the buyer. A reverse auction is a method of procurement where the roles of the buyer and seller are reversed to lower prices by increasing competition among vendors. In a traditional auction, buyers compete with each other by offering higher prices to purchase an item from a seller. In a reverse auction, the sellers compete with each other by offering lower prices to sell […]

DLA Director serves as guest lecturer to Army Command and General Staff School

DLA Director serves as guest lecturer to Army Command and General Staff School

By Chris Erbe FT. BELVOIR, Va. (November 28, 2016)– Students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, received a special presentation on military logistics, leadership and how to navigate the joint environment from a well-informed guest lecturer Nov. 22. Defense Logistics Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch spoke to the group comprising mid-career Army officers from diverse professional military backgrounds. Busch briefed the students on DLA’s support to its customers through its nine supply chains with locations in 48 states and 28 countries around the world. He described the agency’s primary purpose — providing the logistics requirements of the armed forces and […]

A New Dimension of Acquisition

A New Dimension of Acquisition

RDECOM explores new ways of using 3-D printing to meet Soldiers’ needs quickly and inexpensively while minimizing the logistics footprint. by Argie Sarantinos-Perrin A Soldier heads back to camp, grabs a power bar and unloads his gear. The power bar, which was “printed” minutes earlier, contains all the nutrients his body currently needs, according to sensors that are embedded in his uniform. While this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, engineers and scientists at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) are looking at ways to use additive manufacturing (AM, also known as 3-D printing) to meet Soldiers’ needs. Using AM to supply Soldiers with customized nutrient-dense […]