DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins

DOD Acquisition awards nomination period begins By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 14, 2015) —The nomination period for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (USD (AT&L)) Awards Program begins today and runs through May 27. The awards include the Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes top performers in each of the 16 functional categories. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award recognizes field organizations for their excellence in creating a highly qualified and professional workforce. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups or teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices in acquisition. New this year is the Should Cost and Innovation Award, which […]

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts

Army’s GTACS contract supports network modernization efforts By Amy Walker, PEO C3T staff writer The Army of the future will need to deploy units and teams to austere environments at a moment’s notice, with the ability to connect and access information at the point of need. To support these requirements, the Army and DOD are leveraging the Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract to deliver technologies that enable Soldiers to connect anytime, anywhere. “The wide variety of GTACS awards to date highlights the versatility of the technologies that we can deliver to the force using this contract vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Leonard Newman, product manager (PdM) for Satellite Communications […]

Progress Report

Progress Report

Progress Report A Q&A with the Hon. Frank Kendall As the United States winds down its involvement in more than a decade of war, acquisition has been in a nearly constant state of change—from heating up to cooling down, from massive budgets to budget-tightening. Along the way came the Gansler Commission Report and Better Buying Power (BBP) 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Efforts to carry out the recommendations of those seminal initiatives have shown some progress but continue to be hindered by outdated and often onerous processes and procedures, not to mention unwieldy bureaucracy. The Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) since May 2012, has […]

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (MARCH 11, 2015) — As the Army continues to modernize while simultaneously addressing drawdown and budget constraints, the service is streamlining the way it delivers field support for its communications and network systems. Taking on an increasingly crucial role in this realignment are Digital Systems Engineers (DSEs) – the go-to experts who link Soldiers with the right level of support. Bringing technical expertise and operational knowledge from deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots, DSEs are now fostering a system of systems approach to providing training, troubleshooting, cybersecurity and support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment. “The DSE […]

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 3, 2015) — Turn on a new computer for the first time and you are met with a few questions before the computer is registered and recognized. In Army command posts, Soldiers must also complete this initialization step when their communications hardware is first turned on, so it can recognize and exchange critical information with other systems across the battlefield. Only a year ago, this process required installing a disc preloaded with unit information known as data products. If something changed and revisions were needed, a new set of data products would have to be created, with units waiting up to 15 […]

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs Office  Beginning with the early stages of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the Army has steadily increased its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities from both a manpower and equipment standpoint. In particular, significant progress has been ongoing since the Army re-established its EW corps and stood up the Project Manager Electronic Warfare office in 2009 to provide materiel solutions that protect Soldiers from radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and provides them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the electromagnetic spectrum. As the use of EW has become more prevalent, land component commanders and their staffs require a capability […]

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

By Mr. Anthony Ricchiazzi (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A team of Army personnel that included two depot technicians gave the Ukrainian army the ability to accurately track mortar rounds. Lightweight Counter Mortar Radars that backtrack incoming mortar rounds, enabling quick countermeasures were delivered to Ukraine recently. According to the Department of Defense news website, the radar systems are the first to be delivered so U.S. Army military and civilian personnel can train members of the Ukrainian armed forces. Team Tobyhanna arrived in-country and spent two weeks at the International Peace Keeping and Security Center in Yavoriv training Ukraine soldiers to deploy, operate and troubleshoot the radars. The Defense […]

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

By Courtney N. Cashdollar, PdM P2E Public Affairs U.S. and Korean forces are in the midst of a military transformation process that represents some of the most profound changes to the alliance since the Korean War. And behind that transformation is a team from Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E), providing and sustaining the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems and services for classified and unclassified joint and coalition networks that are part of the Yongsan Relocation Plan, Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP). The transformation is part of a strategic alliance between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) to relocate U.S. troops on the Yongsan Peninsula […]

Always Connected

Always Connected

Satellite communications network enables more expeditionary Army to move beyond the FOB By Mr. Darren LeBlanc For the past 13 years, much of the Army fought from forward operating bases (FOBs). The FOBs housed command posts with well-established network infrastructure, which served as an information “home base” for troops between patrols. That approach was well-suited to the operational environment and counterinsurgency mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, but future contingencies and support operations—even the current Ebola response mission in West Africa—demand more flexibility. Command posts must be smaller and more agile to support rapid deployment. Forces must be able to connect to critical information while en route to a developing situation. Network […]