Picatinny scaling up in-house chemicals production to shun higher costs

Picatinny scaling up in-house chemicals production to shun higher costs

By Audra Calloway   ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (March 10, 2014) — Picatinny scientists and engineers have established a pilot production facility to create the Army’s only in-house process for scaling up chemical compounds, a move that could save money by not having to rely on costlier compounds from outside suppliers. The Picatinny engineers are manufacturing tetranitrocarbazole, or TNC, the compound that serves as the “first-fire” composition for pyrotechnics, such as illumination rounds, signal grenades, mortars and artillery rounds. The “first fire” is what starts ignition within the system. “This is the only pilot facility like it in the Army, and ARDEC is trying to leverage its expertise for developing manufacturing […]

Army network boosts speed, simplicity during test

Army network boosts speed, simplicity during test

By Amy Walker and Claire Heininger, PEO C3T   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 10, 2014) — With drastically reduced startup and shutdown times, a new, easy to use graphical interface and improved troubleshooting tools, the Army’s mobile tactical network backbone system recently completed a key test. In line with the Army’s overall effort to simplify the network so it more resembles technology that Soldiers operate in their daily lives, the changes to Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2 reflect a network that is easier to operate and maintain. “We want an ‘on’ switch for the network — we want it to be absolutely transparent to Soldiers,” said Brig. […]

‘More’ is Better

‘More’ is Better

At warfighters’ request, Army delivers award-winning ration enhancement to help them in extreme conditions   By Mr. Joseph Zanchi and Ms. Alexandra Foran   Warfighters in extreme, demanding operational environments need additional sustenance to complete their missions successfully—they simply need MORE. In this case, MORE is the Modular Operational Ration Enhancement, developed by the Combat Feeding Directorate (CFD) at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) as a direct result of requests from warfighters deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We received feedback from the field that some warfighters were losing weight and they needed extra calories,” said Julie Smith, a CFD senior food technologist. Smith, along […]

Soldier, now Army civilian, finds his place after 9/11

Soldier, now Army civilian, finds his place after 9/11

Faces of the Force: Jorge L. Caballero     POSITION: Integrated Project Team Lead – Korea UNIT: Projects, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Fort Belvoir, Va. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 8 civil service; (20 active duty) AWARDS: Civilian: (2) Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Military: Defense Meritorious Service Medal EDUCATION: B.S.O.E Business, Wayland University; Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma, Master of Science and Project Management, George Washington University   By Tara Clements   BACKGROUND After 20 years of military service as a U.S. Army Soldier, Jorge Caballero discovered what he wanted to do—program management. Caballero discovered his interest during his […]

New Name, New Efficiencies

New Name, New Efficiencies

Directorates of logistics become logistics readiness centers for more effective access to services and supply   By Col. Dan J. Reilly   When the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) rebranded the installation directorates of logistics (DOLs) as logistics readiness centers (LRCs) on Oct. 1, 2013, the rebranding not only culminated the formal transfer of 73 DOLs worldwide from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command to AMC, but also established a vision to integrate and optimize AMC capabilities on installations. This transformation enables AMC to focus on materiel and services support, allowing installation commanders to focus on managing their installations. It also optimizes the LRCs’ capability and capacity, improves contract management, […]

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

P2E Achieves Full Operational Capability of the Main Communications Facility, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

By Courtney N. Cashdollar   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) team, led by Lt. Col Mollie A. Pearson and Art Olson, achieved full operational capability (FOC) of the Main Communications Facility (MCF) on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 28, 2013, three days ahead of schedule and approximately $3 million under budget. PdM P2E initiated the contract on Sept. 14, 2012. The project aimed to increase efficiency, performance, data security and command and control of the information technology (IT) environment on Camp Arifjan. The previous environment, a largely ad-hoc build without coordinated architecture, included a main data processing facility with several data storage sites that […]

Soldiers say leadership critical in enhancing DCGS-A capabilities

Soldiers say leadership critical in enhancing DCGS-A capabilities

By David Vergun   WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 24, 2014) — Soldiers who have used the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, both on and off the battlefield, say that with adequate training, it’s an intelligence game changer. Sgt. Troy Thatcher is one such user and proponent. While deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, he was a junior analyst on a tactical intelligence ground collection team. He described how DCGS-A helped make his unit’s mission a success. Thatcher, then a specialist, went on daily patrols with the infantry, where he gathered intelligence. He then uploaded that data into DCGS-A, a system he said he used effectively. At the time, […]

It Starts Here

It Starts Here

Army educational outreach to build science, technology, engineering and math talent helps grow the workforce of tomorrow   By Mr. Jeffrey D. Singleton and Ms. Andrea Simmons-Worthen   The Army employs more than 800,000 military and civilian personnel, 96,000 of whom occupy science, technology, engineering or mathematic (STEM) positions, according to Defense Manpower Data Center classifications. Of that 96,000, more than 16,000 are world-class scientists and engineers within the Army’s 16 laboratories and research centers. These scientists and engineers develop leading-edge technologies and advanced capabilities that give our Soldiers, the Army’s greatest asset, the decisive advantage in the face of our adversaries and keep them safe from harm. Broadly defined […]

Layers of Concern

Layers of Concern

Assessing the health of the Army’s industrial base is a complex task   By Mr. Juan L. Millan   The Army industrial base of today is more global, commercial and financially complex than that of 10 or 15 years ago. Prime suppliers have increased their role as integrators and delegated key innovation and development roles to a vast and complex network of sub-tier suppliers. Sub-tier suppliers have responded with their own complex network of suppliers, some of which are small, highly skilled and defense-dependent firms. These small, specialized firms serve as the warning indicator for the health of the overall industrial base. The Army understands that the industry supporting defense […]

PLANNED EVOLUTION

PLANNED EVOLUTION

How the workforce of Corpus Christi Army Depot repositioned itself for tighter times   By Mr. Curtis Titus and Ms. Brigitte Rox   Since 2011, Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas has made sweeping changes to its business culture and practices that not only reduced the depot’s consumption of government funds and material resources, but also positioned CCAD to continue providing top-quality support to the nation as military spending diminishes. The U.S. government cannot afford to purchase new aircraft for each mission. Rather, it must rely on the organic industrial base (OIB) to modify aircraft and components to handle the specific needs of the next mission. As the largest […]