Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

[author type="author"]Katie Cain[/author] As preparations for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) kick into high gear, Soldiers, engineers, combat developers, and test officials are joining forces at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM, to provide full-time support to what will be the Army’s largest, most robust network test and evaluation effort to date. The 3,800-plus Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) who are executing the six-week test and evaluation make up the first full brigade the Army has used in its test and evaluation process. The unit has spent the past several months preparing for the NIE in both field […]

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

[author type="author"]LTG William N. Phillips[/author] No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot about efficiencies and budget restraint, and about “doing more without more.” But you may not know that a few years before, they were a key topic of discussion in Washington in particular and among some senior leaders in DOD acquisition. The Army was well on its way to implementing a program that not only increases efficiencies, but also continues to ensure that the needs of our warfighters on the battlefield are met, and that we will have a viable and effective acquisition workforce into the future. Section 852 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY08 directed the […]

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

[author type="author"]John Snyder[/author] As our country struggles with a worldwide recession, a large-caliber weapon manufacturing facility on a small parcel of land in upstate New York is dealing with its own challenges to survive. The economic survival of the nearly 200-year-old U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY, hinges on its continuing to do what has made America great—manufacturing high-quality products that last. Nevertheless, the decline of manufacturing in the United States has been well documented. In recent testimony before Congress, Scott N. Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said that well over 5 million American manufacturing jobs have been eliminated since 2000, and more than 50,000 […]

Italy-Based Battalion: Uniquely Positioned to Serve

Italy-Based Battalion:  Uniquely Positioned to Serve

[author type="author"]Jennifer L. King[/author] The small Army depot is located off a scenic tree-lined Italian highway, seemingly innocuous and quiet. But just behind the front gate stands a battalion with tremendous capability and worldwide reach. The 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) at Leghorn Army Depot launches international support to Soldiers and other organizations from this small but capable installation. One of the unit’s current high-profile missions includes reset and handling of left-behind equipment (LBE) for deploying and redeploying units throughout the European theater of operations. The battalion is currently conducting reset and LBE operations on more than 1,100 pieces of military equipment for the 172nd Heavy Brigade […]

Army Security Cooperation Meeting Paints the ‘Big Picture’

Army Security Cooperation Meeting Paints the ‘Big Picture’

[author type="author"]Christopher J. Mewett[/author] Faced with the challenge of new programs and authorities, support for two wars and several contingency operations, and a dramatic upsurge in case value and visibility, the leaders of the Army Security Assistance Enterprise (ASAE) came together in October for a day-long security cooperation (SC) meeting to discuss major issues, shape expectations, and share information about the impact of developments in the Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Keith B. Webster, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Defense Exports and Cooperation, and BG Christopher Tucker, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), co-hosted the Oct. 27 meeting […]

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Facilitates Delivery of Bell 407 Helicopters to Iraq

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Facilitates Delivery of Bell 407 Helicopters to Iraq

[author type="author"]Beth E. Clemons[/author] The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) recently facilitated the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of three Bell 407 training helicopters to the government of Iraq. The helicopters were loaded onto a cargo plane at Huntsville International Airport, AL, Dec. 5 and delivered to Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 11. The new training helicopters will help train qualified Iraqi army pilots to operate and maintain the aircraft, and will rapidly accelerate the fielding and utilization of Iraqi Armed 407 Armed Scout Helicopters, which are scheduled to be fielded by the end of 2011. “To receive the aircraft is something like a dream that became a reality,” said LTC […]

M113, M88 Work Begins for Foreign Military Sales to Iraq

M113, M88 Work Begins for Foreign Military Sales to Iraq

[author type="author"]Miranda Myrick[/author] Vehicle production began Jan. 12 at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), AL, on a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case facilitated by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command to provide refurbished M113 armored personnel carriers and M88 recovery vehicles to the Iraqi government. “These vehicles will help the government of Iraq be more self-reliant in the defense of their country, enabling our troops to come home,” said Phillip Dean, Chief of Integrated Logistics Support at ANAD, where plans call for production of 586 M113s of the A2 variant. The FMS calls for 21 M88s. The M113A2 work, estimated to be worth $60 million, is to be conducted at ANAD […]

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

By John Daniele The Romanian armed forces’ training vision is to prepare leaders, Soldiers, and units for operational missions in support of NATO-International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and Kosovo, the European Union, United Nations, and Romanian national security interests. The Romanian land forces’ “commander’s intent” is to train to improve readiness and warfighting capabilities through tough, realistic, battle-focused combined arms training that is a combination of live, virtual, constructive, and gaming capabilities. Through the acquisition and integration of advanced training technologies, the Romanian armed forces say they will be better prepared to achieve this vision and improve leader and staff development and unit readiness. Security Assistance and Foreign Military […]

Foreign Military Sales: The Process and Benefits

Foreign Military Sales: The Process and Benefits

[author type="author"]LTC Richard L. Williams[/author] As the Assistant Product Manager (APM) responsible for International Apache Programs, within Program Executive Office Aviation’s Project Manager Apache, I was asked numerous times about the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process: What is FMS and why does the United States participate in the program? Who determines what we can sell and to whom? What is the process to sell equipment to a country? What does FMS do for “me” in the cockpit? There are two methods of purchasing military equipment: FMS or Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Through DCS, a country goes directly to a contractor or original equipment manufacturer to buy a product or service. […]

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The Army has just finished its 10th winter in Afghanistan, a country in which mountainous terrain often means that the only practical method of providing indirect fire support is the mortar. In addition to being easily portable, emplaced, and fired, mortars can be fired with high-arcing trajectories that are invaluable during assaults on insurgents in the mountains. The mortar’s only drawback is its relative lack of accuracy, but that has now changed. As DOD’s premier test center for artillery and mortars, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), AZ, is at the forefront in developing guided artillery and mortar projectiles. The technology has evolved to such a degree […]