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 […]

Testing, Tested

Testing, Tested

USAOTC looks to streamline testing and get new products to Soldiers in less time and at a lower cost By CPT Lev L. Mazères Every test effort faces its own set of challenges—the Air Soldier System (Air SS) included—but through creative problem-solving, a team from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) delivered a thorough operational test (OT) that has positioned the evaluation effort for success as the Air SS Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team prepares for an initial operational test (IOT) in late summer 2015. USAOTC executed a series of test events over the course of two months last summer, in support of Product Manager (PdM) Air […]

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

Army hosts Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T staff writer MCLEAN, Va. (June 3, 2015) — Recognizing that cyber threats demand new approaches to acquisition and requirements, the Army is establishing a holistic effort up front as it addresses emerging challenges and operationalizes the cyber domain. The Cyberspace Industry and Innovation Day, held on May 28 in McLean, Va., emphasized this collective tactic by bringing in industry and academia to meet with representatives from the Army cyber community to discuss requirements, expected funding profiles, the creation of a Cyber Innovation Challenge, and the possible establishment of a cyber consortium. Presenters also laid out the current cyber environment and emerging cyber gaps. “In cyberspace […]

Next-Gen Command Post

Next-Gen Command Post

Winning in a complex world calls for an increase in both Soldier capability and adaptability—and a leaner, more mobile, expeditionary command post By LTC Joel Babbitt, LTC Jack “Shane” Taylor and MAJ James E. Howell The typical brigade command post (CP) of the past decade looked something like this: hundreds of feet of wires and cables, a deluge of transit cases and cumbersome tents—all requiring an entire day and a platoon of Soldiers to assemble. Now, advanced technology and improved acquisition approaches are enabling the Army to transform yesterday’s command posts so they are leaner and more agile to support an expeditionary force, a major DA operational priority. The acquisition community […]

Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

Safety to the Maxx: Army outfits first vehicles with electronic stability control

By Charles Parsons, Army Program Office, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support Soldiers laud the ballistic protection Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles provide them against underbody threats, but now a brand-new MRAP feature — the first of its kind for the Army — will help maximize Warfighter safety and survivability. Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerized technology designed to improve vehicle stability and has been common in commercial automobiles for more than a decade. Thanks to a development effort initiated in 2010 by the U.S. Army’s Program Office for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (APO MRAP), the entire MaxxPro Family of MRAPs […]

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

A two-for one approach accelerates the modernization of Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 19, 2015): When two organizations merge, they can’t miss a beat in meeting the demands of their customers – especially when those customers are Soldiers. Recognizing the one year anniversary this month, the combination of the Army’s Mission Command (PM MC) and Joint-Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) product offices has proven to be the right partnership to deliver modernized command post and mounted capabilities to the force. “Instead of having two organizations developing approaches on how to do mission command in their unique environments, we are now defining one holistic approach,” said Col. Michael Thurston, project manager for Mission Command. “When you do the […]

Vested Interest

Vested Interest

PEO Soldier and DLA devised a way to upgrade the body armor vest for just half the cost of replacement, potentially saving tens of millions By MAJ Chris Getter It’s not every day you can get half off the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that’s exactly what a team from the Product Manager for Soldier Protective Equipment (PdM SPE) and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLA-TS) has done. Their efforts are now culminating in the first deliveries of more than 148,000 Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest (Gen III IOTV) body armor conversion kits, acquired at approximately half the cost of procuring new systems; $791 versus $413. […]