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)), […]

Hallock hosts senior leader contracting workshop

Hallock hosts senior leader contracting workshop

By Amanda Jordan KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More than 45 senior leaders and others from across the Army contracting enterprise gathered April 19-21 to attend the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC) Leadership Workshop hosted by Harry P. Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement (DASA(P)). The workshop gave Army PARCs the chance to meet with the DASA(P) to address enterprise-wide issues and tackle challenges facing Army contracting. The three-day event also afforded unlimited opportunities for collaboration and training, including an informative dialogue with Claire Grady, director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Other […]

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

by Daniel P. Elkins, Operational Contract Support 2016 Public Affairs Cell More than 500 participants from across DOD recently spent three weeks running through the ins and outs of joint contracting and operational contract support readiness, as part of the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 (OCSJX-16) held in El Paso, Texas. Sponsored by the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff J-4, OCSJX exercises the full spectrum of contract support from operational through tactical levels. This year, OCSJX-16 used the U.S. Southern Command Panama Canal defense scenario to support training and assessment of operational contract support capabilities. The exercise integrated planning and key processes for OCS, and included a focus on […]

Army AL&T magazine leads fourth annual writers workshop and ALTies awards ceremony

Army AL&T magazine leads fourth annual writers workshop and ALTies awards ceremony

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va.—The Army AL&T magazine editorial team held its fourth annual writers workshop May 11 here including interactive forums and guest speakers—all focused on helping magazine contributors develop and share impactful articles, photos, ads and graphics. Afterward, the award-winning magazine announced the winners of its annual “ALTies” awards, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph published in the magazine in 2015. The awards were presented by Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III. “In a way, we’re like PBS,” McCouch said. “The magazine is made possible by contributions from supporters like you. Without you, I’d have a staff of writers, but not the access to the content […]