GROUND TRUTH

GROUND TRUTH

Piggybacks and workarounds: The Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal contains a wealth of information on new ways to use existing processes to get weapons to warfighters in less time. by Ms. Amanda Nappi The acquisition process can be a long and laborious journey for acquisition personnel and stakeholders involved in the development of a weapon system. With a plethora of required documentation, milestone requirements and validations needed from oversight councils, bureaucracy is slowing our ability to rapidly provide the warfighter with innovative weapon solutions. In addition to slowing our support to the warfighter, the lengthy process is costly to taxpayers and could cause our country to be overtaken by a more […]

Lab showcases futuristic resupply vehicle

Lab showcases futuristic resupply vehicle

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command met with Army Research Laboratory officials Sept. 8, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Acting ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti briefed Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins about the lab’s science and technology initiatives on the general’s first visit since assuming command of RDECOM Aug. 9. Researchers and engineers showcased the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV. The rectangular-shaped quadcopter, also known as the hoverbike, has generated a lot of interest since Army researchers imagined a distant future where Soldiers order resupply and an unmanned aerial vehicle […]

Making Acquisition Rapid: A Practitioner’s View

Making  Acquisition Rapid: A Practitioner’s View

Acquisition is a slow process by nature; always has been, always will be. Or is it? Could the remedy be as simple as getting out of our own way? In Walt Kelly’s words: ‘We have met the enemy and he is us.’ by Lt. Col. Joel D. Babbitt In the world of acquisition and project management, cost, schedule and performance are king. Actually delivering a product that meets the needs—performance—in the agreed-upon timeframe—schedule—and with the resources you’ve been given—cost—is harder than it sounds and is doubly so within DOD. The challenges are formidable: A requirements process that takes two to four years. A money forecasting process that takes two to […]

New ECBC Research and Technology Director Driven by Desire to Contribute

New ECBC Research and Technology Director Driven by Desire to Contribute

By Richard Arndt, ECBC Public Affairs Officer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Although August 22 was the first time he walked into the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center as an employee, Eric L. Moore, Ph.D., was hardly a stranger. As a long time steward of the U.S. Chemical and Biological Defense Program, and former Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Division Chief, Moore has had more than a decade’s worth of experience working with ECBC. Only now, his interaction is as a part of the organization rather than as a partner of the organization. “I really believe in my heart that this is the premier chemical and […]

Army Ground-Launched Missile hits 500 km-2027

Army Ground-Launched Missile hits 500 km-2027

The Emerging Ground-Fired LRPF Will Hit Targets at Ranges up to 500 Kilometers By Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The Army is working to engineer a sleek, high-speed, first-of-its-kind long-range ground launched attack missile able to pinpoint and destroy enemy bunkers, helicopter staging areas, troop concentrations and other fixed-location targets from as much as three times the range of existing weapons, service officials said. The emerging Long Range Precision Fires, slated to be operational by 2027, is being designed to destroy targets at distances up to 500 kilometers. “The Long Range Precision Fires Missile will attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using missile-delivered indirect precision fires. LRPF provides field artillery units […]

September 2016 Hot Topics

September 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE There is less than ONE MONTH left for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals to complete the requirement for 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) in a two-year cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please ask your supervisor or your Organizational Acquisition POC (OAP). The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for communicating compliance to the undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)). The purpose of this policy is to ensure that our acquisition professionals develop and stay current in leadership and functional acquisition skills that augment the minimum education, training and experience standards established for […]

Bolstering the Base

Bolstering the Base

The Army and General Dynamics collaborate to help sustain the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant against market and fiscal pressures. by Ms. Melissa Markos Much has changed since the 15-acre Scranton Army Ammunition Plant (SCAAP) opened in 1951 to manufacture large quantities of artillery and mortar shell bodies, ranging from 105 mm to 8 inches in caliber on high-capacity production lines. Increasing costs from government regulations for antiterrorism and security, environmental protection and emergency management, along with decreased demand for ammunition, have brought the financial viability of the Pennsylvania plant into question. But SCAAP, the youngest of the six government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) plants producing ammunition for the U.S. military, remains a […]

Then and Now – Carlucci Initatives

Then and Now – Carlucci Initatives

From the Carlucci initiatives of the 1980s to BBP 3.0 today, reform is a central theme of acquisition by Michael Bold Thirty-five years ago, defense acquisition reform dominated the cover of the July-August 1981 issue of Army Research, Development & Acquisition magazine, a predecessor of Army AL&T. “Decisions Made on 31 Recommendations to Reduce Costs … DOD to Improve Management Principles, Acquisition Process.” The cover featured the first page of an April 30, 1981, memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci, and the article stated that Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger had made decisions on “31 recommendations and issues to reduce costs and improve the acquisition process throughout […]

What’s Your Problem?

What’s Your Problem?

Providing strong, clear direction in the face of ambiguity is vital to an acquisition program’s success. by Col. Luke Cropsey and Mr. Peter Burke There is an old adage about what the command “to secure the building” means to each military service. It goes like this: The Navy would turn out the lights and lock the doors. The Army would surround the building with defensive fortifications, tanks and concertina wire. The Marine Corps would assault the building, using overlapping fields of fire from all appropriate points on the perimeter. The Air Force would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy the building. Although this adage is, of […]

Top T&E Experts Collaborate at Workshop

Top T&E Experts Collaborate at Workshop

By Valerie Inge, DUSA-TE, and Joyce Junior, Army DACM The Test and Evaluation Managers Committee (TEMAC) hosted its annual leadership workshop at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command’s (ATEC) Redstone Test Center at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, July 12-14. The workshop brought together more than 50 Army senior acquisition T&E professionals to share ideas, learn best practices, and develop a cohesive plan across the Army acquisition enterprise. TEMAC Chair Larry Leiby led the workshop on behalf of the Army T&E Executive, David Jimenez. Per Army Regulation 73-1 (Army Test and Evaluation Policy), TEMAC is established and convened by the chair to accomplish specific T&E objectives and serves as a centralized […]