No time to lose

No time to lose

JPEO-CBD seeks to reduce acquisition lead time through tailored professional training workshops with DAU by Mr. Jeff Megargel “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu As the Trump administration completes its transition, Better Buying Power may be replaced with something different, but the tenets and goals of acquisition reform will remain largely the same. All program executive offices within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) will be seeking ways to reduce administrative lead time while fielding and maintaining the best quality equipment and services possible within resource constraints. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) […]

A different way of doing business

A different way of doing business

CERDEC’s talent management initiative incorporates a new, enterprisewide approach to help employees reach their goals while strengthening the organization. by Mr. John S. Willison Two years ago, the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) faced an unpleasant reality: More than 30 percent of our almost 2,000 government employees were eligible to retire or would be soon. Taking steps to address that challenge proactively, we launched a succession management initiative. But a growing realization that talent management was the key to strengthening the workforce prompted us to expand our focus. It is easy—and common—for an organization to declare that “people are our most important asset.” It is significantly […]

CONTRIBUTION!

CONTRIBUTION!

AcqDemo and upcoming improvements significantly empower acquisition organizations and their teams to focus on contributing to successful execution of the acquisition mission. by Mr. Jerold A. Lee The most significant changes to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) since its inception will be coming in 2018. “These additions and improvements in AcqDemo are the result of a deliberative (over two years) process undertaken by the AcqDemo office in collaboration with participating organizations in all of the services,” said René Thomas-Rizzo, director of Human Capital Initiatives in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)). For those who are participating […]

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director for Army Watercraft Systems, Project Manager for Transportation Systems (PM TS), Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) TITLE: Assistant product manager, Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), Landing Craft Mechanized-8 and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 29 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management, life cycle logistics, and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in logistics management administration and master of public administration, Georgia College and State University; B.A. in chemistry and business management, Mary Baldwin University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (4); Army Superior Unit Award; Detroit Federal Executive Board Employee Recognition as part […]

First, Manage Yourself

First, Manage Yourself

In 30 years of studying and teaching leadership, Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill has seen the numerous ways that understanding oneself and the organization well makes for better managers and leaders who can build thriving teams by Ms. Margaret C. Roth If it seems to you that managing or leading in government and managing or leading in business have nothing in common, Dr. Linda A. Hill has a story or five to tell you. Hill has made it her life’s work to study, from a global perspective, what makes a good manager a good leader, and vice versa. What she has learned and teaches as the Harvard Business […]

Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

Maintaining A World-Class Workforce

AAW’s importance to the mission makes professional development all the more vital From The Army Acquisition Executive Ms. Steffanie B. Easter As the Army builds a more agile and adaptive force for the future, we must continue to provide our Soldiers a decisive advantage by maintaining high-quality acquisition professionals to develop, acquire, field and sustain the world’s best equipment and services. Comprising over 38,000 professionals, both military and civilian, our Army acquisition community is responsible for outfitting Soldiers around the globe for any and all possible situations and conflicts they may encounter. Additionally, we must accomplish this against the backdrop of an increasingly complex environment, which requires us to be […]

A forcing function for integration

A forcing function for integration

A look at the systems, participants and firsts from more than a dozen NIEs. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest The Army rolled out its new network modernization strategy with a flourish. On a Monday in May 2011, no fewer than 12 stars assembled for a news conference with the Pentagon press corps. Led by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, then the vice chief of staff of the Army, the generals made the case for a new paradigm called the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), described by Chiarelli as “a revolutionary new approach.” Because of wartime necessity and the culture of the acquisition system, the Army had been developing and delivering individual components of […]

New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army Acquisition Workforce

New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army Acquisition Workforce

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 3, 2017)—The Army Acquisition Workforce is charged with equipping Soldiers to fight and win America’s battles. And it’s that workforce that stands front and center of the July – September issue of Army AL&T magazine. From developing capabilities for Soldiers in the field to nurturing and inspiring future Army scientists and engineers in the classroom, we’ve got it covered. Read about: Network Integration Evaluations and Joint Warfighting Assessments are evolving, and as they do the Army’s ‘trail bosses’ seize the chance to grow professionally as their roles expand in planning and executing the large-scale exercises. Find out how in “CENTER OF THE STORM.” […]

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

This career basic helps acquisition workforce members keep track of what they need to do and when. By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Jobs in defense acquisition are unlike most others because of the legally mandated training, education and other requirements that employees must fulfill. The central tool for planning and tracking those requirements and compliance with them is the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Fortunately, there’s an app for that, and it’s accessible through the Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) portal at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. (A Common Access Card is needed to log in.) Acquisition workforce members are required to create and maintain a five-year IDP. While that sounds […]

Owning your battlespace

Owning your battlespace

The AALPC primes program managers for success as acquisition leaders by Craig A. Spisak Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center One of the imperatives for a program manager (PM) to succeed in Army acquisition is that they must own their battlespace. Think of two concentric circles. The inner circle is what a PM is responsible for: What are the resources, what is the timeline, what are the cost effects of these factors on the program and, very specifically, what are the performance attributes that the PM is trying to get out of this particular system? The outer circle consists of things that are outside the PM’s immediate control but could […]