TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year

TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year

By Steve Stark Have you ever thought of trading in your ACUs for a business suit for a few months or maybe a year? This might just be your chance: the Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) program places up to10 acquisition professionals—majors and lieutenant colonels—with some of the top companies in the world: Intel, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Airbus, Amazon and many more. It’s more than just a wardrobe change: it’s a chance to get a career-broadening experience that can’t be obtained through the military or civilian university system. For Lt. Col. Mark Henderson, who is ending a year working with Cisco Systems, “It’s been a unique opportunity to walk a mile […]

A program for our emerging leaders

A program for our emerging leaders

Are you in a GS-7 to 11 (or broadband equivalent) acquisition position and believe you have what it takes to be a future leader? Perhaps the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) is for you. DCELP is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet DOD’s future leadership needs. DCELP is the newest program in the three-fold DOD executive development continuum. Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) builds upon the leadership foundations learned during DCELP for those in GS-12 to 14 positions. The top of the DOD spectrum is the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), for GS-14 and 15s who want or need […]

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open

By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch Are you delinquent in obtaining your certification? Do you need a course to obtain your current position certification? Are you certified but want to take courses for career enhancement or to fulfill your continuous learning requirements? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 course schedule is now available and it’s time to register for a seat. View the DAU iCatalog for available courses and any required prerequisite(s) requirements. You should plan with your supervisor and ensure coverage from your time away from the office and adequate time to complete prerequisite training. This extra step will […]

NEWS YOU CAN USE

NEWS YOU CAN USE

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 21, 2014) — The May edition of the director, acquisition career management (DACM) newsletter is out now and available at http://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-newsletter/. Get the news you need on career development, new offerings, changes and opportunities. In this issue, meet the new DACM, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, get announcements on upcoming training opportunities and learn how the new DOD finance management certification program will affect U.S. Army Acquisition Workforce professionals. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe

“A Unified Team”: The newest Army Acquisition Fellowship graduates

“A Unified Team”: The newest Army Acquisition Fellowship graduates

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 19, 2014) — Thirteen members of the 2011 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony at Defense Acquisition University here hosted by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson. “What an amazing success,” said Williamson. “The reason you were identified [for this program] is your ability to learn and grow. Take the experience you’ve had here back with you and find opportunities for others to become the next set of leaders,” he added. The CDG/AAF is a three-year developmental program designed to develop future Army acquisition leaders by offering selected applicants expanded […]

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 12, 2014) – Fourteen candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here April 22-23, 2014. The last board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We had a record number of applications this year resulting in one of our most competitive boards yet,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C proponent NCO. “Out of 197 applicants, fourteen were selected meeting our end-strength goals for the fiscal year,” he added. As a result, the July board has been cancelled. The […]

GOOD FELLOWS

GOOD FELLOWS

Competitive Development Group welcomes 2014 fellows The Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Craig Spisak, welcomes seven new Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) fellows during an orientation meeting at Defense Acquisition University on April 1, 2014. The three-year fellowship program offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology offices, U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters and functional organizations providing expanded training and leadership development for future Army acquisition leaders. From the left: Walter Hamm, U.S. Army Contracting Command; Maurice Stephens, Engineering Center and Communications Electronics Command; Kyle Bruner, Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T); Monica Clemons, U.S. […]

Education key for contracting certification

Education key for contracting certification

By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (March 12, 2014) — Entering the Army Acquisition Corps necessitates enlisted Soldiers to meet specific education and certification requirements outlined in federal statutes in order to execute contracts on behalf of the government and maintain readiness. Soldiers in the 51C military occupational specialty attached to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command arrive having completed training on the basic fundamentals of contracting before promptly entering a carefully mapped training regimen under the observant direction of a mentor. Helping steer their development is the MICC 51C Contingency Contracting Officer Rotational Training Plan […]

Meet ‘Ellie,’ your new virtual human acquisition career guide

Meet ‘Ellie,’ your new virtual human acquisition career guide

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – If you think the movie “Her” is futuristic, members of the Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) have someone for you to meet. “Ellie” is her name and this virtual human looks and speaks to you just as any human would in the Virtual Acquisition Career Guide (VACG) prototype. The prototype program provides the opportunity for a user to interact with a virtual “person” and receive personalized career feedback and assistance. The Army DACM team presented the prototype to the Army DACM, Lt. Gen. William Phillips on Jan. 16. “Even though we support and encourage mentoring across the […]

In Hard Truth, New Opportunity

In Hard Truth, New Opportunity

Changing times call for Army and industrial base to collaborate on solutions   From The Army Acquisition Executive The Honorable Heidi Shyu   As we enter a new calendar year, the Army faces challenges of an evolving fiscal reality and the transition from wartime production to peacetime requirements. The Army and its industrial base must work together to address these issues head-on. The hard truth—sustaining readiness in this fiscally constrained environment—necessarily means fewer investments in the future. Budget uncertainty complicates the procurement landscape, but communication and cooperation will allow the Army and industrial base to meet our respective goals. Defense spending is projected to make up only 12 percent of […]