#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S PAO On May 29, the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) system entered its next chapter as Lt. Col. Michael Parodi, product manager Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities, was on hand at the Lockheed Martin facility in Akron, Ohio; to accept the delivery of the last PTDS ordered. Since its original introduction as a quick reaction capability the Army has procured 66 systems that have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. PTDS is a large aerostat tethered to a mooring platform, which is accompanied by a Ground Control Station (GCS). The system is equipped with both visual and audio surveillance technology. Since the Civil War, […]

#AAC25 Army refines airburst technology, XM25 ‘Punisher’

#AAC25 Army refines airburst technology, XM25 ‘Punisher’

By Kris Osborn WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2012) — The U.S. Army is preparing to conduct a second Forward Operational Assessment of its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement airburst weapon system. Program managers are seeking to expedite development of the system, refine and improve the technology, and ultimately begin formal production by the fall of 2014, service officials said during a roundtable, Sept. 20, at Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. The weapon fires a high-explosive airburst round capable of detonating at a specific, pre-determined point in space near an enemy target hidden or otherwise obscured by terrain or other obstacles. “The XM25 brings a new capability to the Soldier […]

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

UNIT: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical POSITION: Chief Engineer, Command Post Computing Environment, Technical Management Division; Branch Chief, Software Applications and Common Operating Environment AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: DOD Top Five Systems Engineering Award from the Systems Engineering Directorate within the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering and the Systems Engineering Division of the National Defense Industrial Association; Best of Visions Award from Product Development & Management Association; Civilian Excellence Award, CECOM Research, Development and Engineering Center; Quality of Service Increase, CERDEC Science and Technology Communications Directorate; DA Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); DA Commander’s […]

Soldier-based training

Soldier-based training

C4ISR Field Support Vision 2020: Preparing the self-sufficient force By Maj. Robert C. Moyer Since the start of contingency operations, the Army has acquired a variety of urgently needed quick reaction capabilities, such as communications, networking, surveillance and counter-IED solutions, in response to urgent operational needs. In addition to being fast-tracked through the acquisition process to meet critical warfighting demands, these systems, designed to better connect Soldiers and commanders and provide visibility into battlefield threats, represented increasingly complex technology requirements for operators and maintainers alike. To deliver immediate support for these systems to Soldiers in theater, the Army successfully implemented a robust, contractor-based field support model. However, with the drawdown […]

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

Deisy R. D’Ambrosio

UNIT: Army Contracting Command POSITION: Director, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft/Foreign Military Sales Directorate AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Women of Achievement Award, New Brunswick Business and Professional Women EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and contract management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in English education, University of Puerto Rico – Cayey University College   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I support the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office on all contractual actions, including the Mi17 Program and most importantly the Contract Logistic Support (CLS), which is in direct support of President Obama’s exit strategy from Afghanistan in a […]

Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Belvoir Division TITLE: Supervisor and Contracting Officer, Branch Chief AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2), Special Act or Service Award (12), Army Superior Unit Award, Team C4ISR Employee of the 3rd Quarter, Performance Award (13) EDUCATION: B.S. in mathematics, Towson State University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I have worked in Army contracting for nearly 30 years, starting my career as an Army Materiel Command (ACC) intern and progressing to a branch chief at ACC-APG. Throughout […]

Thomas C. Dooley, Jr

Thomas C. Dooley, Jr

UNIT: Power and Environmental Division Product Realization Engineering & Quality Directorate, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center POSITION: General Engineer AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2007 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 26 years AWARDS: Civilian Achievement Medal EDUCATION: M.S. engineering, Catholic University; M.S. engineering management, Catholic University; B.S. mechanical engineering, West Virginia University; Registered Professional Engineer   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As a DOD Project Manager – Expeditionary Energy and Sustainment Systems (PM E2S2) Standard Mobile Power Sources acquisition efforts, I oversee and participate in all elements of the acquisition process—requirements analysis, development documents, prototype testing, production […]

Lane Gary

Lane Gary

UNIT: Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Division B TITLE: Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer/R2-3G Team Leader AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2009 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award, Iraq, GWOT service award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Afghanistan EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, University of South Carolina   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? In my current role, I serve as the team leader and primary contracting officer for the $16.4 billion Rapid Response Program (R2-3G) ACC-APG Contracting team. I guide, lead and mentor a team of eight contract specialists. My efforts are critical to the warfighter because we award […]

Jerry M. Harvey

Jerry M. Harvey

UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command POSITION: Supervisor, Quality Assurance, Oversight and Compliance AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2009 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 6 AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.S. in industrial engineering, Lamar University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? Whether with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) or now with the Army, I’ve always been involved in contractor oversight, helping to ensure that our warfighters get the supplies and services that we contracted for. What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved? As for February 25, 2015, I will have notched 30 years of […]

Kenneth M. Insco

Kenneth M. Insco

UNIT: Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), PEO Ammunition POSITION: Deputy Product Director AAC MEMBER SINCE: 1999 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 33 AWARDS: Army Packard Award, DOD Value Engineering Award, Army’s Greatest Inventions EDUCATION: M.S. in quality systems management, the National Graduate School of Quality Management; B.S. in mechanical engineering technology, University of Tennessee at Martin   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As deputy product director, I lead four NH-IV team leads and six GS project management engineers with responsibility for the development, production and fielding of cannon caliber munitions (20 mm, 25 mm, LW30 mm, 30 mm x 173 mm […]