Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Find the best resource for current career opportunities, upcoming program announcements and Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the July issue of the DACM Newsletter, now available on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center DACM Newsletter (USAASC) website. Among the news in this month’s issue is an update on the AAW’s progress toward the statutory mandate of earning 80 continuous learning points over a two-year period that ends in September. (Spoiler alert: Compliance is at an impressive 98 percent.) The July issue also spells out the latest on the Human Capital Strategic Plan and reviews the nuts and bolts of the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Aviation Logistics Directorate, Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (ACC-Redstone) Years of Service in Workforce: 4 DAWIA Certifications: Level II certified in contracting Education: M.S. in logistics management, M.S. in acquisition and contract management and M.S. in management, the Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in telecommunications, Alabama A&M University Awards: Coin for excellence from Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive; coin from Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, then-Program Executive Officer for Missiles and Space   Using SCEP as a stepping stone By Susan L. Follett Cynthia Hubbard used the Student Career […]

Network Marketplace: Open for Business and Growing

Network Marketplace: Open for Business and Growing

PEO C3T keeps up with rapid technological changes by taking a competitive approach to buying the latest commercial products so that it can get the best to Soldiers faster. by Mr. Joe Welch, Lt. Col. Jack “Shane” Taylor and Mr. Michael Beery For years, the Army pursued communication systems the same way it developed tanks—fielding a “big bang” capability intended to last for decades. But with today’s exponential progress in information technology, the Army’s network strategy has shifted from revolutionary to evolutionary—continuously building on the latest models with faster, stronger and more powerful capabilities. Think of the latest version of a smartphone, or the most recent model year of a […]

High Stakes, High Reward

High Stakes, High Reward

Strong partnerships with industry are more important than ever as R&D funding declines and need for innovation grows From the Honorable Katrina McFarland  In recent years, Army AL&T magazine has covered various facets of the Better Buying Power program that provide a framework to help us improve how we conduct business, including leveraging small business innovations, revamping acquisition and strengthening tradecraft of the acquisition workforce. This issue highlights another aspect of the program that remains integral to our mission: effective partnerships with industry. While the dynamics of our relationship with industry may evolve with the changing acquisition landscape, the fundamental need for a collaborative exchange of ideas with industry remains […]

July 2016 Hot Topics

July 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE We are now in the last quarter of FY16, which means there are less than three months to the end of the two-year cycle in which Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals must finish the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have questions about the requirement, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact. The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for communicating compliance to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)). Failure to complete CLPs during the two-year cycle can affect your ability to qualify for […]

New Army AL&T magazine explores partnership of Army, industry

New Army AL&T magazine explores partnership of Army, industry

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 5, 2016) — Government and industry working together to ensure that warfighters have the equipment they need is the theme of the July- September 2016 issue of Army AL&T magazine, online now at . That collaboration, and the innovation that results when it’s working properly, is essential to giving Soldiers a decisive advantage on the battlefield. Especially during times of austere defense budgets, a consistent and thorough dialogue with industry partners is vital to mission success. With its decisive military overmatch a thing of the past, the United States seeks to marshal all possible resources to drive innovation and provide the latest capabilities. […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Al Niles Jr.

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Al Niles Jr.

Position and Unit: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Training with Industry Officer at Lockheed Martin DAWIA Certifications: Level III in program management Total Years of Service: 19 Education: Master’s degree in aeronautical science and safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Master’s degree in management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in history, Tuskegee University Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medals (2), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medals (2), Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals (3), Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas ribbons (3), NATO Medal   Chinook pilot turned acquisition […]

Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today

Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 28, 2016) – Applications for the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program, a three-year developmental program offering expanded training through a series of education, leader development and broadening assignments for members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW), are now being accepted through September 28. AAW professionals at GS-12/13 (or bandwidth equivalent) who apply must compete for a slot in the program and be selected by a board of senior acquisition professionals. The results of the board are scheduled to be announced late December. And while this program does not guarantee a promotion, it does strengthen desired skills, providing a competitive edge for […]

Better to Best

Better to Best

Six Army programs arrived at a single enterprise resource planning solution independently, then turned better buying power into best buying power by working together to bring the licensing costs down for the unexpectedly popular software. by Col. Harry Culclasure and Mr. Thomas Neff Category management is a growing trend in today’s marketplace that focuses on the way companies and organizations consolidate contracts, leverage buying power and drive consistent purchasing practices. For a private company with one mission and one pool of money, category management seems straightforward enough; however, for DOD, specialized requirements and initiatives funded with different types of money (for example, procurement, research and development (R&D) and operations and […]

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

By Brandon Pollachek The portfolio of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) grew by a project manager office and a four product managers with the transition of Project Manager Biometrics (and its subordinate product manager organizations) as well as Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazards (PM CEH) and Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PM FPS). Following approval from the Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, PM Biometrics and PM CEH came under operational control of PEO IEW&S on Jan. 28. PM FPS transitioned in a similar manner on March 31. All of the transitioning offices will be […]