Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

By Ashley Tolbert NORMAN, Okla. – Soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve gathered on July 21-23 for the Reserve Component Acquisition Training Summit, spending time in workshops and presentations from senior leadership from the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard that stressed the importance of integrating the reserve component and the active component and reinforcing the Total Force Policy within the Army Acquisition Workforce. The Total Force Policy—an ongoing effort to integrate active-duty Soldiers, the Army Reserve and the National Guard into one operational force governed by the same policies and procedures—was originally introduced in 1973 and was most recently revamped in 2012 by […]

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 27, 2016) — Nominations are being accepted for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC), presented annually since 1997 to recognize the outstanding contracting efforts of organizations and individuals, civilian and military. These prestigious awards are presented only to those entrants whose accomplishments and abilities elevate them above the best in the field across the Army. The nomination period closes at midnight ET on Sept. 2, and the award winners will be announced in the fall. Nominees must have made or culminated contributions between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, […]

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open

by Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 20, 2016) – The call for nominations for the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open, and will end at midnight ET on Sept. 2. Featuring a few tweaks from last year, the program provides an opportunity to recognize the very best of the Army Acquisition Workforce, and to highlight how their efforts help their organizations and the acquisition community as a whole. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology revamped the 2016 awards so that they’re more closely aligned with the functions of today’s Army Acquisition Workforce. T better centralize […]

Field artillery launchers get new leadership

Field artillery launchers get new leadership

By Heather Davidson, PFRMS Project Office Public Affairs The Field Artillery Launchers Product Office of the Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Project Office has conducted a change of charter at Bob Jones Auditorium. “Today one of the most dynamic and successful product management offices in the Army is saying goodbye to their current leader, Lt. Col. Bryan Salyers, and welcoming a new leader, Stephen Roberts,” Col. James Mills, PFRMS project manager, said. The responsibilities of the product director include coordinating with Field Artillery Launchers stakeholders to ensure a system-of-systems engineering approach necessary for seamless interoperability across the Army and Joint enterprises. In addition, the product manager actively manages all […]

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

by Ms. Argie R Sarantinos Perrin (PEO C3T) FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (June 13, 2016) — Soldiers in a densely wooded forest hold their positions as the enemy quickly approaches. Shots are fired, but minutes later, the Soldiers are told to cease fire. Using blank ammunition, Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in a realistic operational scenario as part of testing to support the procurement of the Army’s next generation hand-held Rifleman Radio (RR). This excursion took place at the United States Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG), Fort Huachuca, Ariz. May 16-26. The excursion is part of the Rifleman Radio Customer Test (CT) and serves as the next […]

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship marks 10th anniversary

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship marks 10th anniversary

By Kristine Faria Defense Acquisition University’s Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program achieved a significant milestone last month as the 10th class of senior civilian acquisition professionals graduated from the highly competitive leadership and education course. In its 10 years, DAU-SSCF has educated more than 215 students in a 10-month program of study that prepares senior level civilians for key leadership roles and important acquisition leadership positions, including product and project managers and program executive officers. DAU-SSCF traces its origins to May 15, 2006, when Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., then the Director, Army Acquisition Career Management, announced a pilot program for mid-senior-level DA civilians in the Huntsville, Alabama, […]

PEO STRI Focuses On Frequent, Open Communication with Industry

PEO STRI Focuses On Frequent, Open Communication with Industry

By Rick Gregory, PEO STRI Strategic Communications Support Staff It has often been said that “the biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” The Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and its contracting arm, the Army Contracting Command – Orlando (ACC-Orlando) have gone to great lengths to ensure that they have an open line of communication with industry—not an illusion thereof. Besides ongoing daily individual engagements with industry representatives, regularly scheduled face-to-face group sessions keep everyone apprised of the status of PEO STRI programs, procurements and opportunities for industry to request updates on future requirements. Industry communication outreach includes the Training […]

OCS effects go beyond individual contract actions

OCS effects go beyond individual contract actions

By Daniel P. Elkins EL PASO, Texas — A joint, cross-functional team of subject matter experts took a deliberate approach to building awareness of the far-reaching impact of operational contract support (OCS) as part of the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 (OCSJX-16), which took place here March 21-April 8. A team of policy, contracting, program management and logistics experts representing the military services and coalition partners made up the operational contract support capabilities analysis cell at OCSJX-16. Sponsored by the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff J-4, OCSJX-16 exercised the full spectrum of contract support, from operational through tactical levels. J-4 works across numerous logistics organizations, including DOD, combatant commands […]

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 24, 2016) — The White House announced a new manufacturing innovation center in Massachusetts April 1. In partnership with the Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute, according to a White House press release. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Hub will focus on “securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced at a ceremony at MIT’s Sandberg Conference Center. DOD’s Manufacturing Technology Program, known as ManTech, asked Army scientist Dr. […]

USD(AT&L) accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program

USD(AT&L) accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Nominations for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Awards Program are now being accepted, with the nomination period scheduled to close May 31. The awards, considered among the most prestigious given to the acquisition community, recognize the unique and significant contributions of the defense acquisition workforce, in line with the Better Buying Power (BBP) objective of improving the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. “In the end, it is the quality of our people that matters the most, more so than any policy or regulation anyone can put in place,” Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)), […]