Army streamlines warfighting functions inside command post

Army streamlines warfighting functions inside command post

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 24, 2017) — A paradigm shift is set to occur inside the Army’s command posts. Today’s generation of Soldiers use a computing ecosystem — connected and synchronized smartphones, tablets and laptops, unknown to Soldiers a decade ago. These younger Soldiers have embraced the thousands of applications that have transformed communication and collaboration. The Army is now implementing a plan to modernize software applications and hardware used in command post operations to more closely align with what Soldiers have come to expect in their personal lives. Currently, the computing environment in the command post primarily consists of separately developed systems. CPs are filled with a dozen […]

HCSP: A road map to get where we want to go

HCSP: A road map to get where we want to go

USAASC PERSPECTIVE From the director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Community-built plan to take care of the acquisition workforce and, by extension, the Soldiers it serves  “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” —Lewis Carroll Hesitant as I am to juxtapose “Alice in Wonderland” and the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), there’s a lesson for us here. Determining where we want to end up is why we developed the HCSP. Although we have an incredible amount of activity at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) focused on taking care of people—to get them scheduled for classes, assess competencies, provide […]

Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

By Steven Brown, director of Enterprise Resource Planning Integration for PEO EIS; Frank Distasio, principal business integration consultant; Beth Missar, PM GFEBS audit lead; and Jonathan Case, U.S. Army Finance Command provisioning advisor Every networked system is subject to the risk of hacking and cyberattacks. Rarely does a week go by without news of an attempted or actual hacking of a government or private sector computer system. Cyberattacks against DOD and other parts of the government are constant—unclassified White House computer networks were breached in 2014, and the federal government employee records of 21.5 million people were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. The U.S. Computer Emergency […]

Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

A downloadable, Army-specific translation app made possible by machine learning enables individual Soldiers to communicate anywhere, with or without internet access or local translators. by Mr. Michael Doney, Dr. Christina Bates and Mr. Tracy Blocker Today’s more expeditionary Army needs interpreters and linguists, but they are expensive to train and always in short supply. In another case of science fiction becoming science fact, the Army has created a partial solution to the language barrier: the Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS). Right now, MFLTS consists of two apps, one for real-time, two-way, speech-to-speech translation and one for text-to-text translation of electronic documents, webpages and social media. Each application has two […]

The king of battle gets stronger

The king of battle gets stronger

PEO Ammunition adapts new technology to produce improved, more lethal ammunition for 155 mm artillery. by Mr. Peter Burke and Ms. Tara Sarruda Since the 1970s, ammunition improvements for 155 mm artillery systems have resulted in U.S. dominance of long-range artillery weapon systems. But with continuous change in threats worldwide, the rapid introduction of new technology and our adversaries’ adaptations, the U.S. faces new challenges. Defeating large formations of enemy armored vehicles will require new ammunition with improved lethality for 155 mm artillery while minimizing its negative effects on friendly troops and noncombatants. To ensure that 155 mm field artillery keeps pace, the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition is […]

A short career that’s long on experiences

A short career that’s long on experiences

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Force Protection Systems, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electric Warfare and Sensors POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: MBA in defense acquisition and contract management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in criminology and criminal justice, East Tennessee State University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters (OLCs)), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLCs), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) By Susan L. Follett Logging just over nine years in acquisition, Lt. Col. Beire Castro has managed to […]

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

PM PERSPECTIVE COL. CHARLES M. “CHARLIE” STEIN by Mr. James Christophersen This column is the first in a new Army AL&T series, PM Perspective, which looks at acquisition from the viewpoint of the program, project or product manager. These are big programs—generally acquisition category I and II— not only in terms of their importance to the Soldier, but also in terms of sheer dollars. How do PMs deal with the complexity of the teams that staff these programs? What do they wish they’d known then that they know now? What lessons can other PMs take from their experiences? Col. Charles M. “Charlie” Stein started his military career as a U.S. […]

Readiness: More than a concept

Readiness: More than a concept

The Army chief of staff’s No. 1 priority means a lot of different things to different people. For the acquisition community, many agree that supporting readiness calls for a cradle-to-grave understanding of the systems being acquired, not just their procurement. by Mr. Steve Stark, Ms. Margaret C. Roth and Mr. Michael Bold Readiness is in the air. It’s a watchword of current U.S. military strategy, the subject of constant media attention, congressional deliberation and internal discussion among the armed forces and our allies: Is the U.S. ready to face off and win against North Korea? Russia? China? Iran? How about violent extremist groups? The concept is not just an abstraction: […]

October Hot Topics

October Hot Topics

Happy New [Fiscal] Year! Army DACM Office Updates  New fiscal year, new ethics training. Get that requirement knocked out early so you don’t spend your New Year’s Eve working on it. The 2017 Annual ethics training requirement is due Dec. 31. Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members are required to complete some form of ethics training every calendar year. Here are your options: Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 004). Complete Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Overview of Acquisition Ethics Continuous Learning Module (CLM 003). Complete DAU’s Ethics at Work Continuous Learning Module (HBS 415). Watch DAU’s 16-minute online Ethics Video (ETH 004). Once the ethics training […]