Always Connected

Always Connected

Satellite communications network enables more expeditionary Army to move beyond the FOB By Mr. Darren LeBlanc For the past 13 years, much of the Army fought from forward operating bases (FOBs). The FOBs housed command posts with well-established network infrastructure, which served as an information “home base” for troops between patrols. That approach was well-suited to the operational environment and counterinsurgency mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, but future contingencies and support operations—even the current Ebola response mission in West Africa—demand more flexibility. Command posts must be smaller and more agile to support rapid deployment. Forces must be able to connect to critical information while en route to a developing situation. Network […]

Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

ACCESS AL&T talks to DARPA about standing conventional wisdom on its head As the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) communications staff was exploring the issues surrounding Force 2025 and Beyond, we wanted input from that most futuristic part of DOD, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is renowned for its many breakthroughs and technological disruptions. ACCESS AL&T spoke to Dr. Bradford Tousley, who has been director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at DARPA since January 2013. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester. After a distinguished military […]

Faces of the Force: Rod Faulk

Faces of the Force: Rod Faulk

POSITION: System Acquisition Manager for the Joint Assault Bridge UNIT: Product Manager Bridging, Project Manager Force Projection, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 as an Army civilian, 5 as an Army contractor and 31 with the Army Reserve AWARDS: Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal (9), Army Achievement Medal (2), Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Citation (2), Order of the Marechaussee; Distinguished Alumni Award, Western Michigan University […]

PEO CS&CSS singled out with Army Superior Unit Award

PEO CS&CSS singled out with Army Superior Unit Award

By Rae Higgins, PEO CS&CSS Strategic Communication Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh has honored the Army’s Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) with the Army Superior Unit Award for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service” during Fiscal Year 2013. PEO CS&CSS is headquartered in Warren, Mich., and is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. More than 1,000 military and civilian employees assigned to five project offices and 25 product offices in Warren, Huntsville, Ala., Natick, Mass., and Fort Belvoir, Va., direct and coordinate the life cycle management of hundreds […]

Industry Insight

Industry Insight

Looking beyond the ‘bathtub’ toward 2025 and beyond By Mr. Mark Signorelli Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series of viewpoints from industry on how it can work with the Army and DOD to preserve essential capabilities for the warfighter. As the defense industry experiences the most challenging environment of the past three decades, we are forced to look to the future. We see the bottom of a sizable bathtub directly in front of us. A mere eight years ago, the defense industry was at its peak; today, our combat vehicle industrial base is at its lowest levels in our production history. In 2008, during the war […]

Picatinny engineers use advanced sensor technologies

Picatinny engineers use advanced sensor technologies

By Eric Kowal, ARDEC Public Affairs PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (Jan. 21, 2015) — By integrating many small sensors into light mortar systems, Picatinny engineers are developing a technology for use on all U.S. military mortar systems to give Soldiers faster, more accurate mortar fire. The Weaponized Universal Lightweight Fire-Control, known as WULF, couples many small sensors together to create a robust, lightweight pointing device that will increase mortar fire. How much faster? An average gun crew is expected to have the 81mm system aimed on target from a dismantled state in four minutes 30 seconds. With WULF, the setup time for the 81mm mortar systems is cut to one minute. […]

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

Faces of the Force: Steven Bryant

POSITION: Deputy Director, Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground. UNIT: Army Contracting Command TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 29 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service EDUCATION: MBA, Loyola University; B.S. in business and marketing, Towson University Change in plans leads to 29-Year Career By Susan L. Follett “I had no intention of working for the government—I wanted to make money.” That’s what Steven Bryant told his father, an Army sergeant major who served 33 years, when his dad suggested he look for a job with the Army. “So, after I got my MBA, I went to work for a builder-developer […]

Technically Speaking: Simple is Hard

Technically Speaking: Simple is Hard

Explaining science plainly can lead to new insight—and a challenge By Dr. Roberto Trotta Technically Speaking is a new column for Army AL&T magazine. Its title is frankly ironic, because its aim is to challenge subject-matter experts to explain a highly technical job, a system or a concept in the plainest language possible. The point is that, as Dr. Jacques Gansler and many other former and present defense dignitaries have noted, DOD ­science and technology (S&T) experts often do not do the best job of explaining what they do and why it’s important. Every work specialty—from short-order cooking to high-rise construction to nuclear research—has its own language, which often is […]

In the ‘Golden Hour’

In the ‘Golden Hour’

Combat Casualty Care Research drives innovation to improve survivability and reimagine future combat care By Col Todd E. Rasmussen, Dr. David G. Baer, RADM Bruce A. Doll and MG Joseph Caravalho Jr. The burden of injury among U.S. service personnel during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq confirmed the benefit of requirements-driven medical research aimed at reducing combat-related mortality and improving survival. While elements of trauma research existed before these wars, they were small, service-focused and not fully coordinated. The wars also exposed the often overlooked fact that, unlike research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and behavioral health, the nation has no federal institutes or private foundations dedicated to […]

January Army DACM Office Hot Topics

January Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM) Program Announcement The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) has the announced the offering of NPS-MSPM Program, class 836-161. The announcement opens Feb. 3 and closes March 17. This distance learning program is the premier Army DACM Office-funded master’s degree program, and offers an opportunity to earn an MS in program management on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. The Army Deputy DACM (DDACM) Office sponsors the NPS-MSPM Program and will fund the tuition and book costs. Please note: The Army DDACM Office will not fund second master’s degrees for any workforce member who already holds […]