Tools for talent

Tools for talent

By Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, Acquisition Career Management There are many ways to motivate our Army Acquisition Workforce Our work as Army acquisition professionals involves everything from helicopters to radios, tanks to software, body armor to missiles, and so much more. But at the end of the day, it really is all about talent management: finding a way to put the right person in the right job at the right time. There are a number of tools that have long been available for what we call the three R’s: recruiting, retention and relocation. We also have some relatively new tools, such as expedited hiring and direct-hire authority. The new year […]

Better, faster, cheaper

Better, faster, cheaper

PEO EIS’ Defensive Cyber Operations office is achieving rapid acquisition of constantly evolving IT by using consortium-based other transaction authority. by Lt. Col. Scott Helmore and Tom Cole, Brig. Gen., USA (Ret.) How to acquire and provide capability better, faster and cheaper has been a consistent theme in defense acquisition for decades. In this era of cyber, information technology (IT) and software-intensive systems, technology moves faster than the traditional acquisition system can support. Traditional timelines for requirements, funding, development, production and fielding span years. By the time systems are delivered to Soldiers, the need they were designed to fill may be several years old. This problem has confounded Army leadership, […]

Keeping an eye on ‘true north’

Keeping an eye on ‘true north’

KENNETH BERTRAM COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Command TITLE: Principal assistant for acquisition YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and in science and technology management EDUCATION: M.D. and Ph.D. in microbiology, University of Minnesota; B.S. in microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign AWARDS: Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service; Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; Superior Civilian Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Order of Military Medical Merit; U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal; U.S. Army Commendation Medal Keeping an eye on ‘true north’ by Ms. Susan Follett  Ask anyone in acquisition what they’d change if they […]

Speeding combat casualty care

Speeding combat casualty care

In future conflicts, with communication channels and evacuation routes contested, a lot more casualty care might happen right there on the battlefield itself. by Mr. Ramin A. Khalili Dr. Elliot Botvinick sits in his office on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, holding a tiny device in the palm of his hand. It is smaller than a garage door opener, smaller than a standard business card even, and is so slight and inconspicuous that he might be able to stick one on a passing student without their noticing. It also might be the future of battlefield medicine, according to the U.S. Army. Minds like Botvinick’s may be exactly […]

December hot topics

December hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates Ethics training: It’s the final countdown! Seriously, it’s time to get it done. The 2017 annual ethics training requirement is due Dec. 31, so if you don’t want to spend your New Year’s Eve doing your training, then get it done now. One last time, here are your options:  Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 004). Complete the DAU continuous learning module Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003). Complete the DAU continuous learning module Ethics at Work (HBS 415). Watch the 16-minute DAU on-line ethics video at https://media.dau.mil/media/Ethics+and+Leadership/0_1kc6s9ge/62925211 (ETH 004). Once the requirement  is complete, be sure to capture it in […]

Army acquisition earns a trifecta in DOD awards

Army acquisition earns a trifecta in DOD awards

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Dec. 1, 2017)—The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) has announced the 2017 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards, and the Army garnered three: two individual awards and one group honor. “It is important that we continue to recognize the outstanding contributions of our acquisition, technology and logistics professionals who are critical in supporting our warfighter and the defense mission,” said USD(AT&L) Ellen M. Lord, who announced the awards. Valerie Clinkenbeard, acquisition liaison manager for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, received the Individual Achievement Award in Facilities Engineering. Clinkenbeard is responsible for the management of all pre-award activities of […]

World-Class Technology, According to Plan

World-Class Technology, According to Plan

By Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin Information-gathering drones swarm the air as unmanned Army vehicles push just ahead of infantry Soldiers into a mega-city overflowing with people, vehicles and high rises. Army cyber warriors fight a silent battle for the city’s internet of things while an unmanned warship shoots down an aircraft, which explodes in the air, creating a massive fireball and a barrage of fragments that plummet to the ground. Meanwhile, the first artillery crew to the battle is trading targeting and friendly forces information with Air Force bombers and Navy gunners. The technologies in this future multi-domain battle scenario may seem far-reaching, but the Army’s primary science and technology arm, […]

A look at leader development: Grace under pressure

A look at leader development: Grace under pressure

By Tara Clements I remember very clearly answering a phone call from my director late December 2016 and being stunned at the news: I had been selected to represent the Army for the 2018 DOD Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP). Fast forward to October 2017: I found myself in Southbridge, Massachusetts, gaining not only the education needed to continue to grow as a DOD civilian, but the experience, too. Over the next eight months, I’ll share my experiences with ELDP to provide a ‘peek behind the curtain’ in an effort to show others what this leader development program is like. My hope is that by sharing my experience, it answers […]

How many robots does it take?

How many robots does it take?

THEN & NOW 2007 & 2018 Then: a veritable ‘petting zoo’ of 7,000 unique robots, each slightly different to operate and expensive to maintain. Now: the challenge of getting all the functions of those 7,000 on just three main robotic platforms. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward  It’s an arresting image: A dog—well, a “dog”—loose in the Sonoran Desert moves through a group of empty cars and trucks, sniffing around before halting and signaling to its handlers. Army personnel arrive on scene to dismantle the bomb identified by the “dog,” which is in fact a robot equipped with a powerful sensor that detects vapors or particles emanating from explosive devices. It […]

For new DLA director Williams, it’s all about people

For new DLA director Williams, it’s all about people

Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams was named director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in May 2017, replacing Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch. For Williams, who previously served as commanding general of U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command’s Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia, this assignment marks a homecoming of sorts: From September 2010 to July 2012, he served as the commander of DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. In September, he met with the editors of Loglines to spell out where the agency’s strengths lie, and where improvements will be focused over the next few years. Loglines: This is your second tour with DLA. Does that […]