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 […]

Hate the SRPE?

Hate the SRPE?

Here’s why you should reconsider By Shannon Potter and Wen Lin, Army DACM Office Let’s be honest. Supervisors have a lot of administrative requirements and likely are not looking for more to fill their overflowing plates. So it’s not surprising that the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) mandated in July 2015 for GS 12-15 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians was met with mixed reviews. But here’s something you might not know: What civilians didn’t have (that the military has had for quite some time) was a tool to help identify and document individuals with future leadership potential—not performance. For the military, this is widely known as the most important part […]

The shape of success

The shape of success

PEO CS&CSS makes a two-pronged effort to maximize the effectiveness of the SRPE and get the most from its workforce. by Mr. Scott J. Davis Last quarter, Craig A. Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, wrote about the importance of Senior Rater Potential Evaluations (SRPEs) in helping to identify and shape our community’s future leaders. I agree that the SRPE is a very important tool. Our current environment is uncertain and resource-constrained, and it’s often hard to spend the extra time to think critically about our workforce. Yet I’m convinced that we must make the time to shape our most important resource. We owe that to both […]

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 26, 2017) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Maj. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, announced the fourth annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition. “The annual writing competition is designed to showcase the tremendous talent and creativity within the acquisition community and those associated with it,” said Ostrowski. “Each year, we invite participants to candidly share their ideas, expertise, and experiences by writing about them,” he continued. “In doing so, we honor a leader who was passionate about our […]

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

By Tara Clements Just before his retirement in March, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson and capture some of his reflections after more than 34 years of military service, the last three as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, director acquisition career management (DACM) and director of the Army Acquisition Corps. “I think we have a tremendous workforce. I’m convinced that all of our success for delivering programs is tied to people,” said Williamson, emphasizing that it’s all been done during 15 years of continuous war. It’s difficult for people to understand the […]

June Hot Topics

June Hot Topics

Updates from the Army DACM Office: Acquisition Career Field (ACF) Competency Assessment: The Army DACM Office continues to launch the TrueChoice ACF assessments across the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). AAW professionals are encouraged to take the assessments that were sent to individual email accounts. Assessments should be completed at your earliest convenience, and will be open until July 6. This initiative supports a goal outlined in the FY17-21 AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan to develop and sustain a professional, agile and qualified acquisition workforce. The assessment designed is to collect information from military and civilian acquisition professionals to inform future AAW human capital planning and investments, and it complements the […]

AAE now accepting leadership award nominations

AAE now accepting leadership award nominations

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 19, 2017) – The call for nominations for the 2017 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open and will close on July 28. The awards provide an opportunity to showcase the professionalism of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), spotlighting individuals and teams whose outstanding contributions merit special recognition. The awards focus not only on the best people and their accomplishments, but also on how those contributions help their organizations and the acquisition community at large. The award categories mirror the functions and organizations of the AAW. Individual awards are given in the following categories: Acquisition Support Professional of […]

Building A Better Mirror

Building A Better Mirror

Crunching data provides clearer image of organizational diversity. by Mr. Thom Hawkins You can never be sure, when you look in a mirror, that what you see is what other people see. For an organization, measuring diversity can elicit the unsettling images of a funhouse mirror, and standing too long in front of the mirror that makes us look tallest or laugh the hardest will not reveal how we truly look. So, how do we know if our ideas of diversity mirror those of others? How can we create the healthiest, most genuinely and appropriately diverse workplace possible? What is the right mirror to use? According to U.S. Equal Employment […]

The View from the Foxhole

The View from the Foxhole

Rotational assignment program develops and retains talent across the security assistance workforce. by Mr. Adam Genest and Ms. Carly Glenn In Huntsville, Alabama, Nick Curry’s bags were packed. He was enjoying a big send-off dinner with his wife, son, daughter, mother, stepfather and younger sisters. Curry promised to FaceTime often and said he would visit over spring break. He had only been away from his family for, at most, a week at a time, and being gone for six months would be a big adjustment. But he knew this was his chance to connect with the people and processes that shaped his daily work. Curry, a logistics management specialist with […]

Energizing the Base

Energizing the Base

JMC brings new employees aboard with its AMPED program to develop a workforce that’s energized, committed and engaged. by Ms. Erica Slattery, Ms. Heather Tahja and Ms. Nicole Kirschmann Faced with two challenges—a big chunk of its workforce nearing retirement age and a growing number of new hires—the Joint Munitions Command has rolled out a new training program that’s increasing connection and motivation among new and existing employees. Launched in January 2015 and based on research conducted across the JMC workforce, the Achieving Maximum Professional Employee Development (AMPED) program is designed to welcome new employees and show them the breadth and depth of JMC—the organization, its mission and its people. […]