Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&ID ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (December 6, 2016) – It begins with a thought, matures into a concept and culminates as a Soldier-ready, next-generation technology. “It” is an advanced mission command capability, developed to provide agility for today’s expeditionary forces, and its roots can often be traced back to the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC. “Our research and development investments allow Programs of Record to explore new ideas or refine existing capabilities,” said Lisa Heidelberg, chief of the Mission Command Capabilities Division, under CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate. “Every development phase spent with us comes with lessons learned, […]

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

Faces of the Force: Mr. Robert Puhalla

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Synchronized Fielding Division, System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 25 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in science and technology management; Level III in test and evaluation EDUCATION: M.S. in mechanical engineering, Drexel University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Baltimore Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government Award   Get your hands dirty By Ms. Susan L. Follett Want to do your job more effectively? Consider Robert Puhalla’s advice: Go talk to the people you work with and work for. “A lot of us now have […]

Rethinking the Analysis

Rethinking the Analysis

JPEO-CBD takes a fresh look at the required analysis of alternatives and finds ways to make it a more effective, less time-consuming tool. by Ms. Breena Berté and Mr. Marshall Kindred A recent study by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) showed that the analyses of alternatives (AoAs) conducted within the Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) listed, on average, 23 measures of effectiveness and 72 measures of performance to be considered before Milestone A. The AoA is an essential and required step in establishing the most operationally suitable, cost-effective options to provide a needed, potentially joint capability. But, JPEO-CBD found, attempting to analyze the possible […]

December 2016 Hot Topics

December 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING As of Nov. 30, only 35.9 percent of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) had completed the annual ethics training requirement. CAPPMIS will only capture ethics completion if an AAW professional has either CLM 003, ETH003, MAN-ETH16, 2016 Acquisition Ethics, or the word “Ethics” in the course title from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016. Less than 30 days remain to ensure the AAW meets this Office of the Secretary of Defense mandate. CENTRALIZED CIVILIAN SELECTION BOARDS On Dec. 1, the product director centralized selection board convened at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to review 46 NH-04/GS-14 equivalent broadband/pay-band AAW […]

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

By Kristine Faria The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program marked a high point in November as the current class graduated from the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. Designed to strengthen the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of senior acquisition leaders, PMT 401 uses a case study approach, asking students to analyze cases that represent contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas. During the course, required by law for Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) program managers (PMs), participants applied their knowledge of the acquisition environment and deepened their understanding of acquisition principles and practices. Speakers, team projects, media training and leadership simulations enriched the […]

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

Respondents to Army AL&T magazine’s biennial survey of its readers were thoughtful and incisive, and provided much food for thought for the magazine’s staff. (And, oh, by the way, can we make the articles shorter?) If you’re a member of the Army Acquisition Workforce and are reading this magazine for the first time, maybe one of us isn’t doing their job. We need to know if it’s us. by Mr. Steve Stark We asked you to be honest with us about Army AL&T magazine in our recent reader survey, and those of you who responded were by turns insightful, silly, irritated, full of suggestions and completely unaware of Army AL&T’s […]

Dreaming of a Strategy

Dreaming of a Strategy

DASA(P) looks ahead to new possibilities for streamlining acquisition as a new congressionally created panel embarks on a sweeping review. by Mr. Harry P. Hallock A few months ago, I received a phone call asking me to participate on a panel with 17 other current and former colleagues charged with reforming the DOD acquisition system. In Section 809 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress created the panel to advise DOD how to streamline the acquisition process, in an effort to maintain an advantage in defense technology. My initial thought was, “Here we go again! More acquisition reform, only to stay the same.” But as I integrated onto […]

Army honors its Acquisition professionals

Army honors its Acquisition professionals

By Debra A. Dawson Program Executive Office Soldier Public Affairs Office FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (Dec. 2, 2016) – Ms. Steffanie Easter, senior official performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive (AAE), and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, ASA(ALT) principal military deputy, presided over the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony Dec. 1. The annual awards ceremony highlighted talent from across Army Acquisition to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in their field and a dedication in their service. Also honored during the ceremony were the authors for the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene […]

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Army’s Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) has begun a Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The HSMCC Initiative is the Army’s evolutionary approach to provide corps, divisions and select other commands the capability to host and operate mission command systems at home station. A three-phase approach has been developed to ensure that mission commands are equipped with this capability. Phase one requires surveys to be conducted through multi-organization survey teams, to determine the operational state of each HSMCC. Information from the site assessments will be used to develop […]

And The Award Goes To …

And The Award Goes To …

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure feels good. Follow these tips to make your next award nomination a winner. By Ms. Susan L. Follett The Army Acquisition Workforce includes more than 37,000 highly talented professionals, all of whom have achievements of which they can be proud. But only so many awards are given out every year. Here are a few tips to help your nomination stand out from all the rest. Prepare well in advance. Start the process early and give yourself plenty of time. Like most holidays, these awards come around at the same time each year. Nominations for DOD acquisition awards are collected at the direct reporting unit […]