Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

By Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton and Andrew Davis In a continuing effort to close capability gaps more affordably while spurring advanced manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on April 1 inaugurated the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In December 2014, President Barack Obama identified advanced manufacturing as a key initiative for the future of the American economy by signing the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act into law, thereby formalizing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a multiagency initiative with a core focus on a series of MIIs. Carter is a strong advocate for the president’s […]

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Faces of the Force: Jeffrey “Jeff” Stevens

Position and Unit: Chief engineer/technical director, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space Years of Service in Workforce: 19 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in systems engineering; Level II in program management Education: M.S. in engineering and policy and M.S. in management of technology, Washington University in St. Louis; B.S. magna cum laude in engineering physics, University of Tulsa; graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College Officer’s Course Awards: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commendation for Special Act or Service; Department of Defense Graduate Fellowship   Bitten by the missile defense bug By Mary Kate Aylward From the first “explosion in the sky,” […]

June 2016 Hot Topics

June 2016 Hot Topics

  FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center continue to develop and coordinate an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). On May 9, during the State of the Army Acquisition Workforce GO/SES Forum, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson discussed how the HCSP effort helps us prepare and sustain our acquisition professionals for job and mission success. A conference planned for July 28, with stakeholders and experts from across acquisition career fields and organizations, will help us finalize the HCSP […]

Area Denial

Area Denial

Winning in a complex world means that the Army must prepare for combined arms maneuver and wide area security, and that means area denial. However, systems like FASCAM have significant problems, including age and policy restrictions, so it falls to PM CCS, TACOM and ARDEC to sustain an aging stockpile and design successors. by Mr. Edward Chin, Mr. Christopher E. Kramer (Lt. Col., USA, Ret.) and Mr. Ken R. Schulters The Army has significantly increased its emphasis on training for combined arms maneuver (CAM) and wide area security (WAS) operations in contemporary and future operational environments. This increased emphasis has led to a dramatic resurgence in the demand for and […]

Faces of the Force: Lauren Johnsky

Faces of the Force: Lauren Johnsky

Position and Unit: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground DAWIA Certifications: Level III in program management Total Years of Service: 5 Education: M.S. in molecular biology, Towson University; B.S. in biology, Boston University Awards: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service   CDG/AAF helps to fill leadership gaps By Susan L. Follett Looking for the best way to get the experience you need to advance your career? Consider taking a page from Lauren Johnsky’s playbook: She’s in the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF), working in different positions throughout Army acquisition with an eye toward developing the experience and […]

BEYOND GPS

BEYOND GPS

Pseudolites help pave the Army’s path to assured positioning, navigation and timing, providing a ‘protective bubble’ for Soldiers when satellite signals are degraded or denied. by Maj. Troy Houston If your personal GPS is wrong, the consequences can be maddening. If a Soldier’s GPS is wrong, the consequences can be disastrous. GPS has become so integral to daily life, and to military operations, that it’s easy to take for granted. But when GPS satellite signals are impeded or denied in a combat environment—by terrain conditions or enemy actions—it affects units’ ability to maintain initiative, coordinate movements, target fires and communicate on-the-move. As the threat environment changes and adversaries become more […]

OCS effects go beyond individual contract actions

OCS effects go beyond individual contract actions

By Daniel P. Elkins EL PASO, Texas — A joint, cross-functional team of subject matter experts took a deliberate approach to building awareness of the far-reaching impact of operational contract support (OCS) as part of the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 (OCSJX-16), which took place here March 21-April 8. A team of policy, contracting, program management and logistics experts representing the military services and coalition partners made up the operational contract support capabilities analysis cell at OCSJX-16. Sponsored by the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff J-4, OCSJX-16 exercised the full spectrum of contract support, from operational through tactical levels. J-4 works across numerous logistics organizations, including DOD, combatant commands […]

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 24, 2016) — The White House announced a new manufacturing innovation center in Massachusetts April 1. In partnership with the Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute, according to a White House press release. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Hub will focus on “securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced at a ceremony at MIT’s Sandberg Conference Center. DOD’s Manufacturing Technology Program, known as ManTech, asked Army scientist Dr. […]

Sustain, Maintain, Train, Retain

Sustain, Maintain, Train, Retain

DAWDF helps commands support the Army Acquisition Workforce From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is responsible for sustaining and managing the careers of 36,000-plus Army acquisition professionals. Our 50 experts in three branches support this workforce with everything related to acquisition careers, from certification and education to mentoring and leader development. One of the sustainment tools we use to successfully accomplish this daunting task is financial support from the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF). FURTHERING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DAWDF was established by Section 852 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) […]

USD(AT&L) accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program

USD(AT&L) accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Nominations for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Awards Program are now being accepted, with the nomination period scheduled to close May 31. The awards, considered among the most prestigious given to the acquisition community, recognize the unique and significant contributions of the defense acquisition workforce, in line with the Better Buying Power (BBP) objective of improving the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. “In the end, it is the quality of our people that matters the most, more so than any policy or regulation anyone can put in place,” Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)), […]