New online dashboard provides leadership with key information on training, certifications

New online dashboard provides leadership with key information on training, certifications

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin   Building and sustaining an educated, professional workforce is a key mission for Army Acquisition leaders in order to provide superior capabilities and support to U.S. Soldiers. In support of this mission, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) recently rolled out a new online training dashboard that tracks training and certifications across its workforce. The user-friendly dashboard displays the training and certification status of each organization within the PEO, providing leaders with detailed information on military and civilian employees’ development as they work toward completing required education and certification levels. “The training dashboard is a very well designed, easy-to-use tool that I use […]

SPOTLIGHT: MR. JARED HIGGS

SPOTLIGHT: MR. JARED HIGGS

By Ms. Susan L. Follett Some of Jared Higgs’ earliest memories are of time spent with his father in his shop at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD), in Texarkana, Texas. So it’s no surprise that when the time came to determine his own career path, he followed his father and grandfather and became a heavy equipment mechanic. Altogether, three generations of his family have worked at the depot for a total of 60 years. “My dad has always been a mechanic, and since I was little, I was with him, working and watching. I can remember coming out to the depot to see his shop. I’ve always had some […]

Army fuel reformation looks to increase efficiency, save lives

Army fuel reformation looks to increase efficiency, save lives

By Allison Barrow and Joyce Brayboy   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Fuel is the second largest transported item in the field next to water. As a result, fuel truck convoys that deliver fuel are vulnerable to enemy attacks, which have resulted in loss of money, time and lives. To combat this problem, scientists and engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command are working to lessen the reliance on fuel truck convoys by reducing the amount of military fuel, called jet propellant 8, or JP-8, the Army needs in theater and improving the efficiency of its use. One way they are doing this is through reforming JP-8 […]

Artillery-to-acquisition officer provides innovative technology to Soldiers on the ground

Artillery-to-acquisition officer provides innovative technology to Soldiers on the ground

Faces of the Force: Maj. Thomas Jagielski     POSITION: Assistant Product Manager (APM) for the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) UNIT: OSRVT APM Common Systems Integration, Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (8), Army Achievement Medal (8), Combat Action badge EDUCATION: B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arizona; M.S. Business Management, Texas A&M Central Texas   By Tara Clements   BACKGROUND For this Army-grown artillery officer, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and he keeps that in mind everyday as he uses his experience as a Soldier, a leader and an innovator to bring the […]

Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army industrial base

Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army industrial base

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. – MoBs, FaCs, STEM and FMS—these are just a few of the ways that the U.S. Army, along with DOD and others, is working to preserve the knowledge, skills and capabilities that make up its industrial base. You can read about them all in the new edition of Army AL&T magazine, available online now. Keeping the industrial base healthy—the theme of the January – March issue of Army AL&T magazine—is crucial to keeping the Army healthy: maintaining its superiority, its overmatch, its edge. Keeping that base “warm” means that the Army has to understand where the must-have capabilities lie—no small task, given its size […]

Reuseable Metrics

Reuseable Metrics

Standardized Measures of Performance Framework enables consistent assessment of Army network capability   By Mr. Michael Badger, Dr. Dennis Bushmitch, Mr. Rick Cozby and Mr. Brian Hobson The Army’s adoption of the Agile Process to enable rapid technology insertion led the three agencies charged to execute this process—the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Brigade Modernization Command (BMC) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT))—to organize as the TRIAD and develop the needed measurement framework. The TRIAD intended that the measurement framework would establish consistent, reusable, traceable, standardized performance and effectiveness metrics across the Agile […]

Combining network management tools makes managing network easier, saves money

Combining network management tools makes managing network easier, saves money

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 6, 2013) — The Army’s rapid fielding of network systems to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan led to vastly improved communications capabilities on the battlefield — but also increased network complexity. The service is now moving to simplify and reduce the number of network management tools its communication officers, known as S6s, use to manage the tactical communications network, moving from deliveries of stove-piped tool sets across various systems and echelons to an integrated system. “The S6 has a wide range of network transport devices, applications and hardware that he has to manage and he has a lot […]

Direct fire munition increases lethality, reduces collateral damage

Direct fire munition increases lethality, reduces collateral damage

By The Close Combat Weapon Systems Project Office   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Engaging the enemy effectively without a clear line-of-sight is an ongoing challenge for Soldiers serving in small, outlying posts in theater. One solution is the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), a not-within-direct-fire-line-of-sight, single-use munition system that is launched from a small tube. The entire system is carried in a Soldier’s backpack. Equipped with optical sensors, LMAMS transmits live color video wirelessly to a display on a ground control unit. The technology allows the Soldier to find the enemy and ensure positive identification before engaging. LMAMS deploys within two-minutes and can fly for up to fifteen minutes. […]

Army fields 101st Airborne new tactical network with integrated training approach

Army fields 101st Airborne new tactical network with integrated training approach

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T   FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2013) — With the Army’s newest set of tactical network systems now in the hands of Soldiers who could be among the last to deploy to Afghanistan, the service is ensuring users master the power behind their communications gear. To do this, the Army established a new System of Systems, or SoS, training concept drawing on lessons learned from previous units fielded with the integrated communications package known as Capability Set 13, or CS 13, including two brigade combat teams, known as BCTs, of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) that are now deployed to Afghanistan. The new approach […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and training opportunities Congratulations to Newly Selected Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows: Congratulations to the Year Group 14 (YG 14) CDG/AAF inductees. The YG 14 inductees are: Kyle Bruner, Program Executive Office (PEO) Combat Support & Combat Service Support Monica Clemons, Army Contracting Command Kelly Courtney, Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Walter Hamm, Army Contracting Command Lauren McNew, PEO Command, Control, Communications-Tactical David Oatley, RDECOM Maurice Stephens, Communications-Electronics Command The CDG/AAF Program is a three-year leadership program that offers competitively selected GS-12/13s (or broad/pay band equivalent) expanded leadership training and experience opportunities. Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF announcement will open Jan. 29 and close […]