Soldier receives helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan

Soldier receives helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Army Staff Sgt. Thalamus Lewis found himself lying in the middle of a road in Afghanistan, a firefight raging around him. He didn’t know what had happened, but his instincts told him to “play like a possum and be still.” Lewis’ instincts probably save his life. “He was smart enough to lay there and not move,” said Capt. Alexander K. Dillon, Lewis’ platoon leader in Afghanistan. Had he moved, he would have surely drawn fire. What Lewis didn’t know was that his life had been saved twice that day, Oct. 4, 2012. Just seconds earlier he had been saved from a bullet—to the head. But […]

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

By Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 19, 2016) — The Army held a showcase of infrared technology advancements resulting from a five-year collaborative program between industry and the Department of Defense, here, April 12-13. The Vital Infrared Sensor Technology Acceleration, or VISTA, program was a tri-service program to regain the U.S. lead in advanced infrared sensor capabilities, which are the foundation for the Warfighter’s ability to track and sense targets on the battlefield. Infrared sensors are also used in pilotage, maneuver, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, managed the program through its Night […]

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

By Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I ABERDEEN, Md. (April 19, 2016)- Although October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month, April is shaping up to be the month of the Army Cyber Innovation Challenge. Last week, winning vendors from the Army’s inaugural challenge began delivering the first prototype kits to the Cyber Protection Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia. On April 5, the Army released a requirement for its second challenge, drawing such an enthusiastic response that it granted a 10-day deadline extension for more companies to become eligible to respond. For the third challenge, the Army is preparing to release a requirement in the coming days, just a few weeks after it hosted […]

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 18, 2016) – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is hosting a one-day training symposium on Wednesday, April 27, at the Fort Belvoir campus. Panel discussions, training sessions, and a keynote speech from Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall will focus on three themes: “Strengthening Cost Consciousness, Professionalism, and Technical Excellence.” If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s not too late to register to attend in person for an $85 fee. Acquisition professionals outside the Washington area can watch a live stream of the symposium at DAU regional campuses or extended learning sites. Registration information, a schedule of events, and a list of places […]

Partnering Up

Partnering Up

When the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to take command of training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces, its partnership with the 900th Contracting Battalion was already solid. by Maj. Timothy G. Godwin The key to successful operational contracting support (OCS) in complex environments is a partnership between the supported headquarters and the contracting unit—a partnership that should begin months before both units board a plane to deploy. The future joint task force (JTF) and the aligned contracting unit must work together, plan together, train together and deploy together. Only through an established and codified relationship can the two units navigate environments in which contracting increasingly has become a critical element […]

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 13, 2016) — A group of 10 Singaporean defense officials met with representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory April 8 at the Rodman Materials Research Laboratory. Rear Adm. Harris Chan Weng Yip met with Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general, earlier in the day. Chan is Singapore’s future systems and technology architect within the Ministry of Defence. The United States and Singapore have a “comprehensive relationship with productive cooperation on economic, political, and security issues,” according to the U.S. State Department. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and ARL are pursuing a cooperative […]

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Faces of the Force: Monica Clemons

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Missile Defense Agency Years of Service in Workforce: 10 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting; Level I in program management Education: MBA, Texas A&M University; BBA, Lipscomb University Awards: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service   Two fellowships build a wide-ranging career By Mary Kate Aylward Two fellowships—the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Fellows Program and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)—have taken Monica Clemons from business school to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), and from audit preparation to missile defense. Taking advantage of the […]

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

by Ken Goss, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 11, 2016) — The Army is working hard to build lines of communication between the federal government and small business and industry nationwide through its Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative. This initiative is part of the Defense Department’s continuing effort to increase the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of its many acquisition, technology and logistics efforts. To support BBP 3.0, the Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, held a Technical Interchange Meeting with Industry, or TIM, at the C4ISR campus here, March 31 and April 1, to help industry identify and align their efforts with […]

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The CSTC-A has made considerable strides to establish processes to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly and effectively to create a strong, capable ANDSF. by Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes Over the past 14-plus years, United States and coalition taxpayers have invested heavily in outfitting the Afghanistan national defense and security forces (ANDSF) to defend Afghanistan against a persistent insurgent enemy. This complex and demanding mission continues with the U.S.-led coalition in a train, advise and assist (TAA) role with the Afghans leading the fight to secure their homeland. More than 10,000 brave Afghan policemen and soldiers gave their lives for this cause in 2015, and more than 20,000 […]

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

By Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC Commanding General To optimize life cycle sustainment, better support the Chief of Staff of the Army’s top priority of readiness, and posture the command for the future, I recently announced a Mission Command alignment for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Effective in February 2016, the alignment includes two major initiatives: empowering Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMCs) to provide portfolio-based sustainable readiness, and strengthening Army Sustainment Command (ASC) as AMC’s single entry point for synchronizing, integrating, and prioritizing readiness capabilities across our Army at the installation level. To strengthen the portfolio-based approach, three Research, Development and Engineering Centers (RDECs) and three Contracting Centers are realigned […]