Tobyhanna Army Depot Earns Shingo Silver Medallion

Tobyhanna Army Depot Earns Shingo Silver Medallion

Anthony Ricchiazzi The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) is preparing for an environment of budgetary restraint, and the employees at CECOM’s Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA, have put to use an effective weapon in DOD’s war on waste: the proven operations strategy known as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Depot employees wield that weapon so well that they have earned their first Shingo Silver Medallion, and sixth Shingo medallion overall, for improved support of a weapon system used to train aircrews to avoid threats. The Shingo prize recognizes world-class organizations for creating a culture of continuous improvement through employee empowerment and effective leadership. Increased efficiency and decreased cost for the AN/MST-T1 (V) […]

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

Robert Grasso Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) has awarded an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle licenses and maintenance that consolidates more than 250 existing maintenance contracts across Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), avoiding at least $10 million in costs and potentially as much as $50 million when taking into account contractual administration and other issues. The ELA, awarded May 29, affords all PEO EIS programs and AMC organizations the unlimited use of 11 licensed products, quantity buys for an additional eight products, and discounts on others. The Oracle product mix is based on the most commonly […]

Enterprise Information Award Submissions Due Sept. 14

Enterprise Information Award Submissions Due Sept. 14

Submissions for the Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) 2012 Excellence in Enterprise Information Awards are due by the close of business Sept. 14. The awards are given to government and industry project teams that display excellence, innovation, and best practices in information management and information technology. The award winners are selected based on the following criteria: innovation; financial impact; operational consequence; and cultural change. Nominations opened July 16 and will close Sept. 14. Winners will be notified the week of Oct. 15. Nomination forms are available by sending an email request to Betsy Lauer (blauer@afei.org). Please include the name and organization of the person(s) requesting the nomination. For more information […]

Meet the DASA PPR

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Plans, Programs, and Resources (PPR) serves as the Chief Financial Officer and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), including program executive offices (PEOs) and Direct Reporting Units, which include the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center. Our subordinate organizations include the PPR, Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA), and Manpower and Force Structure Directorates. DASA PPR’s focus is to effectively and efficiently administer the programming, allocation, and execution of more than $43 billion annually, including more than 650 acquisition programs and $157 billion across the Future Years Defense Plan. As the co-chairs of […]

Army PARCA Office

In September 2010, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources (DASA PPR) established the Army Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) office. The purpose was to realign the mission for program visibility, analysis, and reporting from the DASA for Acquisition and Systems Management and to include the related oversight of programs mission identified by the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009. The responsibilities of the Army PARCA office are to: Provide program visibility and acquisition reporting for all Major Defense Acquisition Programs, Major Automated Information Systems, and Acquisition Categories (ACAT) I, II, and III programs in accordance with 10 United States Code […]

The Path to a Successful Army Cost Position: Understanding the Process

The Path to a Successful Army Cost Position: Understanding the Process

Tracey Goldstein and Steve Loftus First of two installments For the past few years, DoD budget reductions have been looming just on the edge of the horizon. Now those budget limitations are upon us. As such, costs are at the forefront of the decision-making process. Leaders rely on high-quality cost estimates, based on approved requirement descriptions, to support their decisions on using limited DoD resources. Acquisition program managers need to be prepared to provide cost descriptions and estimates earlier in the life-cycle process, to explain and justify methodologies used, and to prove that the program is resourced in accordance with the estimate. These descriptions are provided to HQDA. Acquisition reform […]

Journey of a Successful CARD

Proper preparation of a Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) is a vital step in having a successful acquisition program. Here is how the CARD is completed: The Program Management Office (PMO) staff prepares the CARD. The project manager then signs the CARD and submits it to the program executive officer (PEO) for approval. Once signed by the PEO, the CARD is submitted to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources (DASA PPR) for staffing to Cost Review Board (CRB) representatives. The representatives review the CARD sections that describe their respective functional areas for completeness, adherence to regulatory guidelines and laws, and mission priorities. Any deficiencies […]

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

By CPT Bruce W. Barnes In today’s military environment of tightened budgets and staffing, empowering existing staff to organize, manage, share, and edit documents quickly and easily is critical to the success of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). To maintain maximum efficiency, immediate access is necessary for effective collaboration on mission-critical information. With this access, USAMRMC can spend more time doing what it does best: getting new medical capabilities to those who need them. As organizations within USAMRMC evolve and as individual projects grow and move forward, managing the thousands, or even millions, of paper and electronic documents can be both time-consuming and costly. Much of […]

Adenovirus Vaccine: Making It Happen

Adenovirus Vaccine: Making It Happen

[author type="author"]Dr. Clifford E. Snyder Jr.[/author] The adenovirus vaccine (officially known as the Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine, Live, Oral) has been used since Oct. 24, 2011. It protects military trainees against febrile respiratory illness (FRI)—with fever plus symptoms such as coughing and sneezing—caused by adenovirus Types 4 and 7. The adenovirus vaccine goes into the mouth of every basic trainee of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It does not get there by accident. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command manages the development of adenovirus vaccine. The Pharmaceutical Systems Division of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) houses the […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

[author type="author"]Dana Finney[/author] A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration will use a distributed energy circuit, or microgrid, combined with other elements to ensure that critical military missions have a reliable, secure electrical supply after a power outage due to natural disasters or attack. Called “Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security” (SPIDERS), the project will explore the advanced controls needed for utility-connected and islanded (operating without a connection to an electrical grid) modes of operation, cyber-security risk mitigation, and transition of microgrid technology to standards. SPIDERS’ partners include the U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, five U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, the Engineer Research […]