Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

Controlling access: one element of cybersecurity

By Steven Brown, director of Enterprise Resource Planning Integration for PEO EIS; Frank Distasio, principal business integration consultant; Beth Missar, PM GFEBS audit lead; and Jonathan Case, U.S. Army Finance Command provisioning advisor Every networked system is subject to the risk of hacking and cyberattacks. Rarely does a week go by without news of an attempted or actual hacking of a government or private sector computer system. Cyberattacks against DOD and other parts of the government are constant—unclassified White House computer networks were breached in 2014, and the federal government employee records of 21.5 million people were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. The U.S. Computer Emergency […]

Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

A downloadable, Army-specific translation app made possible by machine learning enables individual Soldiers to communicate anywhere, with or without internet access or local translators. by Mr. Michael Doney, Dr. Christina Bates and Mr. Tracy Blocker Today’s more expeditionary Army needs interpreters and linguists, but they are expensive to train and always in short supply. In another case of science fiction becoming science fact, the Army has created a partial solution to the language barrier: the Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS). Right now, MFLTS consists of two apps, one for real-time, two-way, speech-to-speech translation and one for text-to-text translation of electronic documents, webpages and social media. Each application has two […]

The king of battle gets stronger

The king of battle gets stronger

PEO Ammunition adapts new technology to produce improved, more lethal ammunition for 155 mm artillery. by Mr. Peter Burke and Ms. Tara Sarruda Since the 1970s, ammunition improvements for 155 mm artillery systems have resulted in U.S. dominance of long-range artillery weapon systems. But with continuous change in threats worldwide, the rapid introduction of new technology and our adversaries’ adaptations, the U.S. faces new challenges. Defeating large formations of enemy armored vehicles will require new ammunition with improved lethality for 155 mm artillery while minimizing its negative effects on friendly troops and noncombatants. To ensure that 155 mm field artillery keeps pace, the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition is […]

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Force Protection Systems, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electric Warfare and Sensors POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: MBA in defense acquisition and contract management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in criminology and criminal justice, East Tennessee State University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters (OLCs)), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLCs), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) A short career that’s long on experiences By Susan L. Follett Logging just over nine years in acquisition, […]

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

PM PERSPECTIVE COL. CHARLES M. “CHARLIE” STEIN by Mr. James Christophersen This column is the first in a new Army AL&T series, PM Perspective, which looks at acquisition from the viewpoint of the program, project or product manager. These are big programs—generally acquisition category I and II— not only in terms of their importance to the Soldier, but also in terms of sheer dollars. How do PMs deal with the complexity of the teams that staff these programs? What do they wish they’d known then that they know now? What lessons can other PMs take from their experiences? Col. Charles M. “Charlie” Stein started his military career as a U.S. […]

Readiness: More than a concept

Readiness: More than a concept

The Army chief of staff’s No. 1 priority means a lot of different things to different people. For the acquisition community, many agree that supporting readiness calls for a cradle-to-grave understanding of the systems being acquired, not just their procurement. by Mr. Steve Stark, Ms. Margaret C. Roth and Mr. Michael Bold Readiness is in the air. It’s a watchword of current U.S. military strategy, the subject of constant media attention, congressional deliberation and internal discussion among the armed forces and our allies: Is the U.S. ready to face off and win against North Korea? Russia? China? Iran? How about violent extremist groups? The concept is not just an abstraction: […]

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 […]

Are you ready? New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on readiness

Are you ready? New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on readiness

Are you ready? New issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on readiness By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 2, 2017)—Readiness, says Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, is the U.S. Army’s No. 1 priority. It’s also the theme of the October – December issue of Army AL&T magazine. Readiness means having the troops, training and equipment that can deter conflict or prosecute war at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world. From developing and adapting cutting-edge technology to battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)to producing new ammunition, discover how the Army Acquisition Workforce spares no effort to make certain that the U.S. Soldier gets the very best. Read about: […]

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Urgent need: sensible requirements

Instead of KISS (keeping it super simple), requirement writers for ACAT III programs often go to absurd lengths to document what a product should do—even when the product is already sitting on a shelf. Here’s how to write a requirement—and a better way based on the author’s doctoral dissertation. by Dr. Donald Schlomer, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.) To understand requirements, you first have to understand the concept of a “capability,” which simply means something that can do something. Whether it’s a high-tech jet that can take off vertically and reach the outer atmosphere in seconds, or a lowly boot made for extended jungle wear that won’t encourage trench foot, someone […]

On the front lines against PTSD

On the front lines against PTSD

USAMRMC leads the way in research to prevent, diagnose and treat service members’ psychological injuries. by Col. Dennis McGurk, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Steele, Capt. Leonard D. Skipper, Dr. Ronda Renosky and Dr. Ronald L. Hoover Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been called one of the “signature wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) has been at the forefront of documenting the prevalence and impact of PTSD on Soldiers and the joint warfighter, and developing interventions to prevent or address it. USAMRMC is the Army’s medical materiel developer, with responsibility for research, development and acquisition and medical logistics management. In 2004, […]