Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

By Brandon Pollachek AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets are being integrated onto various aircraft, including the UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. (Photo courtesy of PEO IEW&S.) In a Connecticut industrial plant, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with vital protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to be the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000th AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set (LDS) from the Goodrich Corp. during a ceremony at the contractor’s facility in Danbury, CT. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; BG Harold J. Greene, Program Executive Officer Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); […]

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

By Sofia Bledsoe COL Shane Openshaw, Apache Helicopters Project Manager, accepts the keys from David Koopersmith, Boeing Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, during the Apache Block III Roll Out Ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production facility in Mesa, AZ. (Photos by Sofia Bledsoe.) The world’s most lethal attack helicopter just got even better. Inside a hangar against a backdrop of lights and fog, looking as intimidating as ever, the first AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) was revealed to the public for the first time during a Roll Out ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production plant in Mesa, AZ. “To say that I’m proud would […]

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Regular reporting and reviews will examine the efficiency of management and oversight processes in services acquisition, such as for equipment-related services, one of six portfolio groups. Here, PFC Mark Rios, a UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer with the  25th General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), resets the controls of a hydraulic system on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI, Nov. 15. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Karl Williams, 25th CAB.) This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

Kimble King (foreground) and Ron Freeman repair a M548 in Anniston Army Depot’s Combat Vehicle Repair Facility. (U.S. Army photo by John Makamson, U.S. Army Materiel Command.) This is the first in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  The Army spends more than $50 billion annually to buy essential services for Soldiers and their families, an amount equating to more than half of the Army’s yearly acquisition spending. The Army and the rest of DOD procure a wide variety of services through contracts with commercial vendors—services as simple as printing, as complex as combat vehicle repair, and as technically sophisticated as […]

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and […]

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

By Kris Osborn The M109 PIM  is slated for low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm howitzer artillery cannon can fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power more onboard electrical systems. (U.S. Army photo.) The Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm howitzer artillery cannon called the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), with the capability to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power up more onboard electrical systems. The new vehicle, slated to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) by 2013, features a 600-volt onboard power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available. “The PIM is the Army’s modernization program for the […]

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

By Sara Leach The MPS-OHC with segmented beams undergoes bare-charge testing at ERDC’s Big Black Test Site in Vicksburg in July. The test involved a total of five shots placed at different locations on the upper roof layer. The structure and the newly designed beam connection performed well on all tests. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A series of recent demonstrations conducted by the Geotechnical and Structure Laboratory in the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers validated the protective performance of an overhead cover structure, built with no equipment, using ERDC’s Modular Protective System (MPS). The MPS is a rapidly […]

U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Honors Annual Award Winners

U.S. Army Acquisition Corps Honors Annual Award Winners

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The acquisition community paid tribute to uniformed and civilian acquisition workforce professionals Oct. 9 at the 2011 U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) Annual Awards Ceremony. The AAC awards recognize those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of the global contingency operations. The categories and winners of the 2011 AAC awards are: 2011 Army Life Cycle Logistician of the Year Award — Jeffrey Forgach, Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical 2011 ASA(ALT) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence — MSG Sandra Williams, 409th Contracting Support Brigade […]

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

By Brandon Pollachek The mission to defeat one of the enemy’s number one threats—improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—recently received a big boost in terms of the knowledge and capabilities of those assigned to operate and maintain Counter-Radio-Controlled IED Warfare (CREW) devices. Designed to offer maintainers and operators more realistic training, the new CREW Maintenance University opened its doors to students this spring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The course is a five-day, intensive, hands-on program that provides Soldiers, civilians, and contractors who are responsible for CREW systems the opportunity to troubleshoot and actually handle  the multiple variations of fielded devices. The CREW Family of Systems, managed by Program Executive Office Intelligence, […]