A Rare FIND

A Rare FIND

by Mr. Steve Stark and Ms. Margaret C. Roth With the establishment of the Forum for Innovative Novel Discovery (FIND) and the Capabilities Information Exchange (CIE), TRADOC has broken new ground, involving industry in creating innovative warfighting capabilities with a clear focus on future force development that will help both ARCIC and industry prioritize their efforts. “We do have an opportunity to engage industry partners earlier in the requirements process, and we’re moving to do that through the CIE and also through the FIND process,” said Maj. Gen. Robert M. “Bo” Dyess, ARCIC deputy director. The initial pilot for FIND brought six companies, chosen from 28 submissions responding to the […]

Recalibrating Requirements

Recalibrating Requirements

With the help of groundbreaking efforts by professional combat developers, requirements writers and program managers, ARCIC is looking to thaw the glacial pace of acquisition and speed capabilities to the warfighter as the Army warms to new ways of doing business, welcoming innovation and involving industry early and often. by Mr. Steve Stark and Ms. Margaret C. Roth The bad news is that the Army has a big problem: an entrenched process that cannot generate capability requirements fast enough to get the capability into Soldiers’ hands when they need it. The good news is that the Army is taking very seriously its efforts on innovation—innovation in the systems it procures […]

Army Extends PATRIOT Missile Tech-Improvement & Ponders New Upgrades

Army Extends PATRIOT Missile Tech-Improvement & Ponders New Upgrades

The PATRIOT Missle Segment Enhancement improves fire-control, radar and target tracking for the weapon, which can destroy enemy drones, aircraft and Theater Ballistic Missiles. By Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The US Army and key allies around the world are now analyzing a radar and targeting upgrade to the Patriot missile able to increase the range of threats it can destroy — to include a wider range of drones, rotary wing aircraft, cruise missiles, extended range tactical ballistic missiles and high-speed aircraft. The Raytheon prototype upgrade includes the addition of new technology designed to keep pace with fast-emerging threats well above and beyond the tactical ballistic missiles for which the weapon […]

Faces of the Force: Anthony Dunaway

Faces of the Force: Anthony Dunaway

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: 411th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Expeditionary Contracting Command TITLE: Government Purchase Card Branch chief; supervisory procurement analyst DAWIA CERTIFICATION: Level III in contracting; Level I in logistics and program management YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 6 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 (U.S. Air Force, retired 2010) EDUCATION: MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. in resource management, Troy University AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Award (Civilian) The challenges and rewards of OCONUS work Ms. Susan L. Follett Anthony Dunaway is a busy guy. As Government Purchase Card (GPC) Branch chief and supervisory procurement analyst for the 411th Contracting Support Brigade in Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, he manages a […]

Systemizing COTS IT

Systemizing COTS IT

New initiative leverages the standard Army supply system to support COTS IT within the C4ISR domain. by Mr. Dan J. Quinn, Mr. Allen J. Hardison and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ernest “Joe” Sylvester The Army’s standard supply system is the well­established backbone for requisitioning replacement parts and returning unserviceable items for repair.Yet, for commercial off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) Army units are directed to go outside the normal logistics system. This often requires units to contact the original equipment manufacturer or vendor to find out if the COTS IT component, such as a laptop, is still under warranty. In addition, every warranty differs. Units often must pay for add-ons such […]

No Barriers to Mission Command

No Barriers to Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND – Army engineers recently demonstrated network technology that will allow commanders to conduct mission command using multiple computing devices from brigade down to the edge. The Tactical Computing Environment, or TCE, developed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, supports the Army’s Force 2025 and Beyond strategy, which provides the nation with a more expeditionary and agile force. “The military’s large, fixed ‘TOC Mahals’ have given way to smaller, more mobile command posts in an effort to support the Army’s push for expeditionary mission command,” said Cynthia Carpenter, CERDEC Command, Power, and Integration, or CP&I, […]

Rule No. 1

Rule No. 1

The first principle of any defense acquisition must be the welfare of the warfighter, more than the program’s future, although it isn’t always so.   by John T. Dillard, Col., USA (Ret.) In any career, military or civilian, of any significant time span, one will have the misfortune to work for at least one world-class jerk. I had one who was that for me and many others, and his actions personified for me the reason for Hippocrates’ oft-quoted principle of medical care—in English, “First, do no harm.” In the early 1980s, he commanded the brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division that had proponency for all things tactical and operational about parachute […]

Fill In Those Blanks

Fill In Those Blanks

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Setting up your calendar for 2017? Take a few minutes to read the latest issue of the DACM Newsletter and find out the most effective ways to fill in all that white space: courses and developmental opportunities designed to help you do your job more effectively. Posted today, the newsletter outlines IDEAL, a pilot program for leader development for GS-12s and GS-13s. It also provides dates and information on upcoming sessions of the DACM’s most popular programs, including AALPC and DAU-SSCF. Maybe you don’t see a training program that fits exactly what your organization needs? Consider DAWDF—a program that provides funding for programs that improve […]

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 25, 2017) — As the Army continues to “do more with less,” process improvements such as those spurred by Lean Six Sigma (LSS) ideology are enabling the Army to more efficiently manage government resources. In support of these concepts, 17 LSS Black Belt candidates from APG, including employees from Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), completed a four-week course in December as part of their certifications. LSS is a process-improvement framework that enables practitioners to evaluate complex issues, identify inefficiencies and develop solutions to save time and money. During the class graduation, Gary Martin, […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Maj. Aleyzer Mora TITLE: Assistant program manager (APM) for command centers, Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 4 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.S. in acquisition and contracting, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Touro University; B.S. in business administration, Methodist University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, […]