Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

Army program offers unique experience; grooms next generation of acquisition leaders

By Tara Clements and Bob Coultas FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2014) – Eight members of the 2012 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony here hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Procurement, Harry Hallock, concluding their three-year, career-broadening experience across various Army acquisition positions and missions. Hallock advised the graduates to keep a good “balance” through their acquisition career as their leadership responsibilities increase. “I think people who stay in this job honestly, truly understand it’s a calling. We’re supporting Soldiers… we’re providing them equipment and services to help them in wartime and to come back alive. How much bigger can you get […]

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

The Army Reserve as part of the Army Acquisition Corps: Strategic, Operational, Responsive and Relevant

By Col. Marc Wilson As the United States Army Reserve celebrates 107 years of service to the nation today, it’s also important to recognize that contributions made by Army reservists within the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) in the last decade are apparent and significant, demonstrating tremendous success to the many technological advances made to support the longest war in our nation’s history. For example in 2005, two United States Army Reservists, Lt. Col. Johnnie Edmonds and then Maj. Jeff Etienne were involved in new equipment training and fielding operations for the Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Satellite and Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CSS VSAT and CAISI). […]

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

Army DACM Office uses Facebook to engage with the workforce

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (April 22, 2015) – Leaders from the office responsible for supporting the director of acquisition career management for the Army, or Army DACM Office, held a virtual town hall to discuss the 13 new acquisition career models and answer career-related questions from members of the Army Acquisition Workforce on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page Tuesday. “This was a great opportunity to hear from and interact with members of the workforce,” said Diane Murtha, Chief of the Army DACM Office Concept & Policy Development Branch. “This was my first time participating in this type of forum and felt that it was […]

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’ Seven years after the commission he chaired released its landmark report, Jacques Gansler assesses the current state of defense acquisition Army AL&T magazine usually looks outside the world of defense acquisition for our Critical Thinking feature, but for this issue, with its theme of revamping acquisition, we could think of no better person to address the topic than a former undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics who has spent much of his professional life working in and studying defense acquisition—the Hon. Jacques S. Gansler. He’s currently director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Public […]

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 14, 2015) —The nomination period for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (USD (AT&L)) Awards Program begins today and runs through May 27. The awards include the Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes top performers in each of the 16 functional categories. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award recognizes field organizations for their excellence in creating a highly qualified and professional workforce. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups or teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices in acquisition. New this year is the Should Cost and Innovation Award, which […]

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts By Amy Walker, PEO C3T staff writer The Army of the future will need to deploy units and teams to austere environments at a moment’s notice, with the ability to connect and access information at the point of need. To support these requirements, the Army and DOD are leveraging the Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract to deliver technologies that enable Soldiers to connect anytime, anywhere. “The wide variety of GTACS awards to date highlights the versatility of the technologies that we can deliver to the force using this contract vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Leonard Newman, product manager (PdM) for Satellite Communications […]

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Leveraging a decade of hard lessons, CERDEC’s NVESD looks to bolster the Army’s technology investments by embracing change By Dr. Richard Nabors and Mr. Nathan Burkholder Science and technology (S&T) initiatives historically have been seen as a primary support mechanism in helping to address long-term challenges that the U.S. Army will face from conventional military threats. However, as demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, unconventional (asymmetric) threats, defined as those strategies and tactics employed by an often inferior force to offset their deficiencies and exploit weaknesses, continue to impact Army strategic land power, significantly raising the sustainment and life-cycle costs for military equipment. The dynamic evolution of threats necessitates that conventional S&T […]

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

Training with Industry welcomes new cohort

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 9, 2015) – Army acquisition’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program welcomed its new cohort of 10 officers at an orientation at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club, March 31. Joined in a day-long session by representatives from participating companies including Amazon, Boeing, Cisco, CSC, General Dynamics Land Systems, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft, the new participants got a primer on what to expect and what will be expected of them in their new assignments. The Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Doug Wiltsie, kicked off the event. According to Lt. Col. Clif Sawyer, a current TWI participant, Wiltsie “did a great job highlighting […]

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 8, 2015) — With the idea that the Army acquisition community can better confront current and future challenges by learning from the past, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) held its second installment of the Excellence in Acquisition Lecture Series on March 24. Retired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, who pushed for a network-centric force throughout his career, served as the second speaker in the series. He urged the audience not to forget that they work for the Soldier first, and to take risks when necessary to provide […]

Progress Report

Progress Report

Progress Report A Q&A with the Hon. Frank Kendall As the United States winds down its involvement in more than a decade of war, acquisition has been in a nearly constant state of change—from heating up to cooling down, from massive budgets to budget-tightening. Along the way came the Gansler Commission Report and Better Buying Power (BBP) 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Efforts to carry out the recommendations of those seminal initiatives have shown some progress but continue to be hindered by outdated and often onerous processes and procedures, not to mention unwieldy bureaucracy. The Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) since May 2012, has […]