Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Last week, 29 current and future managers from across the Army acquisition workforce attended the second Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) in Arlington, Virginia. The course is designed to generate thought and discussion about a host of challenges that future acquisition leaders will likely face when they get into their new jobs, and learn from accomplished leaders and seasoned practitioners who have faced similar challenges. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director, acquisition career management (DACM) developed the course and launched the pilot earlier this year. Early on in his role as the director of career management for the […]

November Army DACM Hot Topics

November Army DACM Hot Topics

Hot Topics – November 3, 2015 By Marti Giella Hot Topics is a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the next 30 to 60 days. Look for a new edition the first Tuesday of every month from the Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Here’s what’s hot for November: FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE As a reminder, the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation policy took effect just over a month ago. This policy affects the entire Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), starting with those at the GS-14 level. Read the policy, FAQs and other materials to learn more […]

Hot Topics 2.0

Hot Topics 2.0

Army DACM Office introduces Hot Topics 2.0 By Tara Clements and Marti Giella FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Hot Topics is back, providing a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Developed by the Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Hot Topics 2.0 is designed to provide the AAW an overview of what’s new related to acquisition careers, current training opportunities and changes, as well as a look at new opportunities on the horizon. “We understand how challenging it is to stay on track with all of the opening and closing dates for career opportunities—especially given our […]

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 23, 2015) – New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month. “This is the first major revision in the last couple of years and something everyone in our community should be aware of,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief proponent NCO for the Army contracting community, or Military Occupational Specialty 51C. More than 500 pages outline career development guidelines for all Army NCOs—from staff sergeants through master sergeants—in DA PAM 600-25, published Sept. 11. But for anyone in the […]

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

Army DACM Office-sponsored student takes top honors at naval postgraduate school

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Mr. James B. “Brent” Logan received the “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for DOD Students” from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the 2015 summer quarter. Logan, a production engineer with the Army’s Apache production and fielding group, is completing his studies for a master’s in program management (MSPM) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management, or Army DACM Office, located within the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, sponsored Logan’s studies. NPS presents the award each quarter to a graduating student with an outstanding academic record at the school, strong thesis […]

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army […]

Career News Made Easy

Career News Made Easy

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug. 5, 2015) — For any one of the more than 38,000-member Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), most days start with a cup of coffee, checking the morning email and a glance at the news before starting to work through the daily task list. And while individual career development may not be at the top of the list every day, staying on top of training and career development news is everyone’s responsibility. The Office of the Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) makes it easy to manage that responsibility with its quarterly newsletter, DACM News, available now. Produced by the Army DACM Office since […]

$$ for Training? We’ve Got You Covered.

$$ for Training?  We’ve Got You Covered.

By Sue Follett and Dr. James Rich Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series about the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) and the commands and organizations that have used its funding to better their performance or improve their workforce. Quick question: What’s the DAWDF? Unfortunately, that’s a question a lot of people can’t answer. We’re hoping to change that, and to help the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) realize the benefits that the funding program offers. Here’s the nitty-gritty: Created in 2008, DAWDF, or the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, is designed to address gaps in the acquisition workforce by serving as a funding source for training […]

Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

Army plans to consolidate educational offerings

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 16, 2015) – For the Army Acquisition Workforce, education is a key component of career development and, ultimately, mission success for the warfighter. Armywide, thousands of Soldiers and civilians are involved in professional education programs, making the Army’s educational enterprise one of the largest academic systems in the United States. Last month, the Army announced The Army University—a multiyear plan to bolster its educational offerings by aligning most of its military education programs under a unified academic structure. A February 2015 white paper from LTG Robert B. Brown, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, spelled out the research behind the effort, […]

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

Army DACM Office announces training, leadership and educational opportunities for FY16

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 15, 2015) – Open up your calendars: The Office of the Army, Director of Acquisition Career Management has scheduled a host of Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) education, training and leadership development opportunities for FY16. A handful of AAW leadership development opportunities are on the schedule, including four sections of the Acquisition Leader Challenge Program, a series of seminars that focus on developing leadership skills for civilians, identifying challenges for new leaders, and incorporating individual talents into a cohesive workforce. Applications will be accepted in August for the Competitive Development Group, a three-year developmental program for board-selected applicants that offers expanded training, leadership, […]