April 2016 Hot Topics

April 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office continue efforts to develop and staff an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). Human capital planning is our systematic and collaborative process for looking forward to anticipate workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. Ongoing efforts include final design of the HCSP for staffing and approval in April 2016, and then communicating and collaborating on the HCSP with […]

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

by Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 1, 2016) — Before his recent trip to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenged the Pentagon to “innovate and think outside our five-sided box.” The Army did just that this week, venturing into the heart of the tech industry to engage vendors on the leading edge of cyber capabilities. “This event is definitely about how we work together to solve problems,” said Ronald W. Pontius, deputy to the commanding general for U.S. Army Cyber Command. “The Army is continuing to build a world-class cyber mission force that adapts faster than our adversaries, and the Cyber Innovation Challenge keeps us in […]

Army AL&T ready to read

Army AL&T ready to read

By Mary Kate Aylward Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 30, 2016) – The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is online now, and it’s two in one. The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine on sustainment is just the beginning. First up, experts from the acquisition, logistics and technology fields delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Then, flip the magazine over and find a different cover and a special 54-page section on Army acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with NATO and the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process, and fund […]

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 29, 2016) — For military operations, getting information quickly and analyzing it in real time is critical. Each minute counts as Soldiers wait for their orders. Using radios, associated waveforms and applications that serve as a “mid-tier” in the tactical network, Soldiers at the company level can talk and chat, collaborate and share reports and send data to battalion and brigade, linking the Lower Tactical Internet with the Upper Tactical Internet. The Army plans to assess the capabilities of the mid-tier at Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.2, which runs from May 2-14. Held at Fort Bliss, Texas, NIEs enable the […]

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

By Chris Erbe FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The Defense Logistics Agency took to the road, traveling to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in support of the Warfighter Support Initiative, March 22-23. DLA employees from 11 divisions brought face-to-face engagement to the logistics community of Fort Bragg and other military installations, to educate and inform them about how to better use DLA’s services and capabilities. Over the two days, a group of about 35 DLA employees occupied the Fort Bragg Catering and Conference Center, where they educated customers about the agency’s ordering systems, supply chains, products and services and provided opportunities for customer feedback. The group represented DLA’s six primary level field […]

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Faces of the Force: Carol Elder

Position and Unit: Chief, Interior Design Section, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Years of Service: 8 DAWIA Certification: Level III in facilities engineering Awards: Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center Senior Leadership Development Fellow; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interior Designer of the Year Education: B.S. in building science and architecture, Auburn University Furnishing a connection By Susan L. Follett Most of us have logged a few minutes at the local furniture store or spent some time wandering through the aisles of home improvement stores. But when it comes to interior design purchases, Carol Elder probably has everyone beat: As section chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

Small Ammo, BIG Benefits

PM MAS partners with small businesses to develop the next generation of small caliber ammunition, designed to reduce the weight by up to 30 percent. by Ms. Natasha Owens When it comes to small caliber ammunition acquisition, many instinctively think of large ammunition production companies manufacturing massive quantities of tactical and training ammunition. For the past five years, the production levels of the 7.62 mm caliber ammunition alone have consistently exceeded 160 million rounds annually. Meeting the high-volume production levels for small caliber ammunition is challenging for small companies, to say the least. The Army has taken great strides to partner with small companies to develop small caliber ammunition technologies […]

Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

Clear Requirements, Level Playing Field

ARDEC and JMC worked together to develop an ammunition standard that reduces ambiguity, ensures quality and safety for Soldiers and promotes competition by making the procurement process more transparent for all stakeholders. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward If the goal is to get more small businesses competing for government contracts, the government has several levers to pull to make that happen. One option is to make it easier for small businesses to compete—or, put another way, to level the playing field so that it’s no harder for small businesses to play. Clarifying requirements can foster competition and provide an opening for small businesses to enter a marketplace, whether used alone […]

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

Letterkenny Munitions Center Named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Missile Maintenance

by Justine Barati CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — On March 7, 2015, the Acting Secretary of the Army, Patrick J. Murphy, designated Letterkenny Munitions Center, on Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Army Tactical Missile Systems; Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems; and Low-Cost, Reduced-Range, Practice-Rocket Missile Maintenance. This designation identifies LEMC as the Army’s premier center for missile maintenance. Through this designation, LEMC will now be able to enter into public-private partnerships to perform additional missile maintenance work. In the memo authorizing the CITE designation for LEMC, Murphy states that “LEMC possesses the subject matter expertise in missile maintenance for the… Army missile […]

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Radar detectors signaling speeding motorists of police presence are about to get a run for their money, as the Army is developing innovative radar technology that could someday be common practice for users wanting to mask their radar emissions. Over the past several years, the threat of being compromised has become an increasing issue for Soldiers in theater. The need to preserve radar system performance while operating in both a contested (adversarial attack) and congested (high traffic) radio frequency environment has presented a significant challenge to radar system designers. These challenges led the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development […]