A New Vehicle for Savings

A New Vehicle for Savings

PEO MS and Letterkenny Depot partner on improving radar platforms while rapidly fielding equipment and sustaining the organic industrial base By CPT Jake Brady With a pressing need for an improved AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar vehicle platform and no time to procure a new platform or radar, the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space (PEO MS) teamed up with Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), PA, to modify an existing platform in what could be a model for partnership with the organic industrial base. This effort, which moves the Sentinel from a modified High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) platform without requiring modification of […]

Army advances rapid acquisition for cyber defense

Army advances rapid acquisition for cyber defense

By Claire Heininger ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 18, 2015) – From protecting sensitive communications on the battlefield to thwarting the insider threat back home, Soldiers need a wide range of cyber weapons to defend the Army’s information and resources. Now, the service has a way to quickly buy and deliver those tools to stay ahead of evolving threats. The Army is moving forward with a unique approach that will enable rapid acquisition of defensive cyber capabilities in response to emerging requirements. By following a model known as the “Information Technology (IT) Box,” the Army is leveraging a proven process while tailoring it to meet the demands and complexities of […]

In Sync, Secure and Aware

In Sync, Secure and Aware

Cyberspace is the new, virtual battlefield, and lines of offense and defense are blurred if not obliterated By COL Timothy D. Presby and Dr. Portia I. Crowe Cyberspace, the newest DOD operational domain, grows more complex and contested by the day. But unlike the traditional domains of land, sea, air and space, cyberspace blurs the line. President Barack Obama has compared the lack of boundaries found in cyberspace to a game of basketball, where—unlike in football or baseball—there is no clear line between offense and defense. Instead, the roles switch constantly. Such is the realm of cyberspace. And as Soldiers learn how to do battle within this new domain, the […]

Killing the ‘Creep’

Killing the ‘Creep’

JLTV’s competitive prototyping effort fills a gap in the light tactical vehicle fleet while preventing test creep by bringing together stakeholders to eliminate unplanned, unfunded requirements By LTC Misty L. Martin, Ms. Danielle Wayda, Mr. Steve Martin and Mr. Josh The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program is one of the first to implement DOD’s competitive prototyping policy. Established in 2007, the policy stipulates that two or more competing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must produce prototypes to reduce risk, maximize performance, decrease costs and synchronize requirements. Simply put, this means that in addition to the normal test objectives and issues, all JLTV OEM vehicle prototypes were required to be tested […]

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

Rapid prototyping leads to quick delivery of airborne command post solution

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC Command, Power & Integration Directorate ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army recently began fielding a network communications system that provides real-time, in-flight situational awareness to commanders and paratroopers to better support forcible entry operations from takeoff to jump. The Enroute Mission Command Capability, or EMC2, came about by way of a government-to-government development partnership that produced a ruggedized network and workspace solution for the C-17 aircraft. “When we received the EMC2 requirements from the Army, we knew we would require specialized engineering support to quickly build what is essentially a flying command post,” said. Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment […]

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Army civilian Lean event increases output for Air Force trainer

Mr. Steve Grzezdzinski, CECOM TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — An employee-driven project converted an unorganized, inefficient space into a well-oiled, efficient operation using visual management cues and techniques. An increase in the Unmanned Threat Emitter System (UMTE) workload in the Single Threat Systems Section and the depot reorganization dictated a move to a new location last July to augment production. UMTEs provide realistic tactical training for combat aircrews, Air Force pilots can practice their tactics before encountering threats in actual combat. The 10-member UMTE team, struggling after the move with a lack of ample space for work and storage, recognized the need to set things in order to better serve […]

Army looks for new pistol

Army looks for new pistol

By PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 8, 2015) — The Army moved closer to releasing its long-awaited solicitation for a new, modern handgun system when it hosted a fourth industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, July 8. The Army named the new weapon the “XM17″ Modular Handgun System. It will replace the current M9 standard Army handgun with a more state-of-the-art weapon system. “More than 20 companies attended the event,” said Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson. Federal procurement restrictions do not allow the disclosure of the names of firms participating, she said. The government presented changes to its latest draft solicitation for the XM17, which […]

New boats anchor military bridging ops

New boats anchor military bridging ops

By Michael Clow and Rae Higgins While boats don’t normally (if ever) come to mind when one thinks of Army systems, the new XM30 Bridge Erection Boat, or BEB, is certain to turn more than a few heads in and outside the Engineer Regiment. To be sure, these force projection-enabling vessels did here last week. Acquisition officials assigned to the Army’s Product Management Office for Bridging showcased the BEB, the most recent addition to the Engineer Regiment’s equipment portfolio, last week at the Aberdeen Test Center’s Amphibious Landing Area. The demonstration was designed to educate key individuals from across the program’s stakeholders on the BEB, its role in enhancing and […]

From Concept to Delivery

From Concept to Delivery

A Q&A with ARCIC’s MG Cedric T. Wins Acquisition is all about requirements, and it’s the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that is responsible for them—peering into the future through the lens of present-day circumstances to decide in what direction, and with which capabilities, the Army needs to go in order to continue being the best-equipped and best-trained force the world has ever known. But if requirements are the bricks of acquisition, then it’s the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), part of TRADOC, that provides the mortar by developing concepts and capabilities, evaluating proposed Army modernization solutions, and integrating these capabilities across the areas of doctrine, organization, training, […]

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

By Kathryn Bailey, staff writer, Project Manager Mission Command ABERDEEN, Md. (June 22, 2015) – A quick check of the day’s weather forecast helps people decide if they should grab a jacket or umbrella before heading out for the day. However, temperature and precipitation predictions are just two of the weather elements that military fire support personnel must check to ensure they conduct an accurate fires mission. “Most people are not concerned if rain only falls into the upper atmosphere or if the wind or humidity shifts slightly throughout the day,” said Michael Strauss, an assistant product manager for Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2), assigned to Project Manager Mission […]