Holding all the ‘ACE’s

Holding all the ‘ACE’s

How one Army product office used strategic acquisition to drive competition and improve readiness in a specialized market dominated by two vendors. by Ms. Kimberly Davidson and Mr. James Christophersen Late on a January afternoon in Texas in 2015, gunfire shattered the typical silence and echoed through the halls of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinic at Fort Bliss. In a scene too familiar to Americans today, active shooter alarms sounded in the William Beaumont Army Medical Center and two nearby schools—thousands of innocent people were suddenly in danger. Within two minutes of the first shots, a handful of first responders entered the building. Behind the scenes, multiple […]

Changing network, new name

Changing network, new name

In continuing evolution of its network, Army renames WIN-T program office PM Tactical Network by Ms. Amy Walker As the Army continues to modernize its network in today’s complex world, it has renamed its tactical communications network transport program office from the Project Manager for Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (PM WIN-T) to PM Tactical Network. The new name, which the Army initiated over a year ago, more accurately reflects the numerous programs within the PM’s portfolio, not just the core at-the-halt WIN-T Increment 1 and on-the-move WIN-T Increment 2. PM Tactical Network still manages WIN-T Increment 1 and WIN-T Increment 2, and those names will remain the same. But […]

Army streamlines warfighting functions inside command post

Army streamlines warfighting functions inside command post

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 24, 2017) — A paradigm shift is set to occur inside the Army’s command posts. Today’s generation of Soldiers use a computing ecosystem — connected and synchronized smartphones, tablets and laptops, unknown to Soldiers a decade ago. These younger Soldiers have embraced the thousands of applications that have transformed communication and collaboration. The Army is now implementing a plan to modernize software applications and hardware used in command post operations to more closely align with what Soldiers have come to expect in their personal lives. Currently, the computing environment in the command post primarily consists of separately developed systems. CPs are filled with a dozen […]

A strategy for success

A strategy for success

Nine objectives together guide the Army Acquisition Workforce to support Soldiers’ success on the battlefield by embracing efficiency, adaptability, knowledge, innovation and other key principles of professionalism For 242 years, the Army has been associated with some of the bravest men and women our nation has to offer. And for these men and women to continue doing what is asked of them, they need us to continue being a top-notch acquisition workforce. Our acquisition community is charged with a very important task: ensuring that Soldiers around the globe are always equipped with the best and most advanced tools available in the timeliest manner possible. This is no small job, and […]

One acquisition process at a time

One acquisition process at a time

From the standpoint of ASA(ALT)’s test and evaluation unit, there’s a better way to support test and evaluation events, one that would directly improve operational readiness. by Ms. Laura Pegher, Mr. Adam Bussey and Ms. Amber Dufour In an acquisition environment concerned with all things cost, schedule and performance, logistics and product testing historically have tended to be an afterthought or overlooked altogether. The Army places a high priority on validating performance requirements in various developmental and operational tests, but acquisition test events such as the logistics demonstration (log demo) and verification of the technical manual often take a back seat. Based on historical data, the U.S. Army Forces Command […]

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

Delivering the next generation of 40 mm grenades

New family of munitions enhances training and increases capabilities and lethality. by Mr. James Terhune For nearly 30 years, 40 mm grenades have been a mainstay on the battlefield, undergoing little more than safety and reliability improvements. In 2009, the Army set out to take advantage of new technologies to help counter evolving threats and new tactics and to provide more realistic training to warfighters. The Product Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition (PD MCA), part of Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), has created plans for the development of the next generation of 40 mm grenades. The 40 mm grenade family contains both high-velocity (HV) grenades, which are fired […]

Tobyhanna, Soldier Warrior achieve Nett Warrior milestone

Tobyhanna, Soldier Warrior achieve Nett Warrior milestone

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A mission here to provide situational awareness for warfighters during combat operations reached a major milestone recently with the completion of the 100,000th Nett Warrior cable. The achievement is the culmination of nearly five years of rapid response, innovation and continuous process improvement. In November 2012, Program Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR) contacted depot personnel with an urgent requirement. At that time, PM SWAR was commissioning all Nett Warrior kitting, engineering and configuration management requirements to a contractor in Monmouth, New Jersey. The contractor’s facilities sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, leaving them unable to meet the fielding requirements for the 10th Mountain Division at […]

A new ‘FACE’ for aviation acquisition

A new ‘FACE’ for aviation acquisition

Using the Future Airborne Capability Environment open system approach to disrupt the current acquisition process. by Dr. Alicia Taylor Technology is changing and progressing rapidly. Upgrades to sensors, cameras, communication devices and navigation have improved not only automobile safety, but also our driving experience. When it comes to incorporating new technologies, the automotive industry has an advantage over military platforms because the automotive industry’s business model is entirely different. Whereas most consumers might upgrade a vehicle by buying a new one, the military generally plans on a 30-year life cycle for a vehicle, and upgrades the actual vehicle instead of replacing it. That includes aviation vehicles. So, while many vehicle […]

BOMBS AWAY

BOMBS AWAY

PEO Ammunition helps the Army meet Air Force bomb demand head-on by Mr. Sean D. Brandt and Mr. Robert M. Moreira  After more than a decade of combat operations, the U.S. Air Force’s expenditures for 2,000- pound general purpose bombs have increased at a rate substantially higher than anticipated. These high-tempo operations are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. As bomb expenditures began to outpace funded orders, the Air Force increased its requirements to meet warfighter demand. In FY16, the Air Force more than quadrupled its budget for general purpose bombs, compared with a historical average. As the executor for the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), the Program […]

Security cooperation for the 21st century

Security cooperation for the 21st century

Strengthening allied nations’ defense abilities through training, equipment sales and other forms of cooperation is a vital part of U.S. national security. The FY17 NDAA was the first NDAA to recognize this, reorganizing and reforming the security cooperation enterprise.  by Mr. Jim Stocks and Mr. Adam Genest Security cooperation—the United States government’s effort to build partner capacity through the provision of defense articles, military training and other defense services—has been a critical component of U.S. national security policy for decades. In recent years, people within and outside DOD have studied how to better organize and execute the government’s security cooperation mission in the 21st century. As a result of these […]