February 2016 Hot Topics

February 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Army DACM Office re-emphasizes the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) within the two-year cycle, which ends Sept. 30. We are now in FY16 Quarter 2, and the glide path suggests having 50 CLPs by the end of this quarter. Are you on track? The new Onboarding website has been available for a couple of months now. If you are new to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), we strongly suggest visiting this webpage. The January edition of the DACM Newsletter contains articles on the AAW Strategic Human Capital Plan, Training with Industry and Advanced Civil Schooling selectees, and a new subscription tool […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Position and Unit: Contracting Officer, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Years of Service in Workforce: 12 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting and purchasing; Level I in program management Education: M.S. in management with a concentration in contracting and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in organizational management, Oakwood University; associate degree in computer information systems, Faulkner University Awards: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command FY12 Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement; Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Outstanding Unit/Team Award; Outstanding Performance Award for participation in the Small Business Innovative Research Program ‘The best decision I ever made’ By Susan L. Follett […]

The future of wearable tech

The future of wearable tech

Working Soldiers to failure is a costly mistake, and until recently it’s been anybody’s guess at what temperature and exertion rate a given Soldier would max out. But now, wearable, chest-based sensors (far more accurate and informative than current wrist-worn models) can tell when a Soldier is nearing cardiac and temperature limits—protecting Soldiers, preventing heat casualties and generating data to help predict how Soldiers will perform under new environmental conditions. by Dr. Reed W. Hoyt and Dr. Karl E. Friedl (COL, USA Ret.) The Army uses wired and wireless monitoring systems to monitor real-time performance and safe operating limits of vehicles and aircraft, but no comparable systems exist for Soldiers. […]

Instilling Excellence

Instilling Excellence

Heidi Shyu’s legacy in Army acquisition From the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Mr. Gabriel Camarillo Throughout a five-year period of remarkable change and instability, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) Heidi Shyu has left a remarkable legacy as a leader, professional—and, to many, a mentor. Her tenure in the ASA(ALT) organization has left not only lasting impacts on the warfighter and the acquisition process, but also an indelible mark on the Army acquisition community, and all those she worked with and alongside during her time with the Army. We will miss her significant contributions to the Army. […]

Network interoperability key to Common Operating Picture

Network interoperability key to Common Operating Picture

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (January 22, 2016) –Working to address aspects of coalition mission command interoperability, senior Army leaders recently participated in an executive level site visit at Joint Multi-National Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany. JMRC is the training environment for leaders, staffs and partners and serves as the proving ground for multinational Command and Control (C2) interoperability. Driving the discussion, Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, identified the need to deliver a Common Operating Picture (COP) as a way forward in order to increase interoperability between allies and partners. Army network program managers, working with the requirements community and Army Research and Development Centers, are […]

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. – When DOD has to respond quickly to a disaster or global emergency, it normally takes some time for the supply chain that supports those forces to gear up to go. But a new group of rapid deployers from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are now trained and equipped to be some of the first boots on the ground when the call comes. The new capability, called the Rapid Deployment Initiative (RDI) program, consists of two 13-member teams that are mission-tailored to augment logistics capabilities of geographic combatant commands and the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Task Force Port Opening. […]

An honor and a challenge

An honor and a challenge

CEOs, founders and other entrepreneurs from the small business world sound off about what’s right and what’s wrong with how the Army engages with small business For this issue of Army AL&T, we reached out to small businesses across the spectrum of products and services to find out what matters to them in doing business with the Army. We wanted to know how small businesses handle the ins and outs of working with the government, from dealing with bureaucracy to responding to requests for proposal (RFPs), to their thoughts on set-asides and contracting vehicles, to the surprising Catch-22s they face. Most of our respondents are companies that provide services. Most […]

Army prepares to test enhanced network operation tools at NIE 16.2

Army prepares to test enhanced network operation tools at NIE 16.2

TAUNTON, Mass. (Jan. 19, 2016) — To make it easier for Soldiers to manage the vast tactical communications network, the Army plans to operationally evaluate newly enhanced and simplified network operations, or NetOps, tools during Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 this spring. The NetOps tool suite enables communications officers (S6s and G6s) and staff to provide a second set of eyes on the Army’s tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, ensuring Soldiers and commanders remain connected, communicating and synchronized. “NetOps provides a picture of actual on-the-move network battlefield conditions at all times, so if there is any break in the communications it is known right away,” said […]

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

Faces of the Force Profile: Brian Benis

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: PEO Missiles and Space, Lower Tier Project Office (PATRIOT) Title: Hardware engineer DAWIA Certifications: Level III in engineering, production and quality management; Level I in program management Years of Service in Workforce: 29 Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Arizona Awards: Order of Saint Barbara; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sustaining a signature system By Mary Kate Aylward Brian Benis has been taking things apart for as long as he can remember—a clock radio here, a desktop fan there—because he was curious about how they worked. That lifelong fascination earned him his mother’s constant refrain of, “You’d better put that back together before your dad comes home!” but […]

It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery

Army small business director Tommy Marks seeks to build on a strong foundation with four program pillars—mission, compliance, outreach and training—in line with Better Buying Power principles. The objective: to cultivate and sustain a broad and diverse base of small businesses that can deliver needed capabilities to the warfighter. Since he left college in 1977, Tommy Marks, director of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), hasn’t had a job that wasn’t related to the Army. “It’s been all Army,” he said, and that includes 24 years on active duty. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, and spent time as a defense contractor working for the Army, […]