AALPC prepares new acquisition leaders for new roles, challenges

AALPC prepares new acquisition leaders for new roles, challenges

By Linda Hanus FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 28, 2016) – Thirty-one of the Army’s best and brightest new acquisition leaders gathered in Arlington, Virginia, April 17-22 for the third Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC). This intensive four-day course is designed to prepare centrally selected program managers, contracting commanders and product directors to take on new leadership responsibilities and equip them with the knowledge, information and skills necessary to effectively address leadership challenges they are likely to encounter in their new roles. Key leaders from government, industry and academia briefed students and answered questions on topics including leadership, talent and organizational management, risk identification and management, understanding budgets, and effective […]

Soldier receives helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan

Soldier receives helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Army Staff Sgt. Thalamus Lewis found himself lying in the middle of a road in Afghanistan, a firefight raging around him. He didn’t know what had happened, but his instincts told him to “play like a possum and be still.” Lewis’ instincts probably save his life. “He was smart enough to lay there and not move,” said Capt. Alexander K. Dillon, Lewis’ platoon leader in Afghanistan. Had he moved, he would have surely drawn fire. What Lewis didn’t know was that his life had been saved twice that day, Oct. 4, 2012. Just seconds earlier he had been saved from a bullet—to the head. But […]

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

By Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 19, 2016) — The Army held a showcase of infrared technology advancements resulting from a five-year collaborative program between industry and the Department of Defense, here, April 12-13. The Vital Infrared Sensor Technology Acceleration, or VISTA, program was a tri-service program to regain the U.S. lead in advanced infrared sensor capabilities, which are the foundation for the Warfighter’s ability to track and sense targets on the battlefield. Infrared sensors are also used in pilotage, maneuver, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, managed the program through its Night […]

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

By Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I ABERDEEN, Md. (April 19, 2016)- Although October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month, April is shaping up to be the month of the Army Cyber Innovation Challenge. Last week, winning vendors from the Army’s inaugural challenge began delivering the first prototype kits to the Cyber Protection Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia. On April 5, the Army released a requirement for its second challenge, drawing such an enthusiastic response that it granted a 10-day deadline extension for more companies to become eligible to respond. For the third challenge, the Army is preparing to release a requirement in the coming days, just a few weeks after it hosted […]

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

Sharpen your skills and earn continuous learning points at DAU’s symposium

By Mary Kate Aylward FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 18, 2016) – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is hosting a one-day training symposium on Wednesday, April 27, at the Fort Belvoir campus. Panel discussions, training sessions, and a keynote speech from Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall will focus on three themes: “Strengthening Cost Consciousness, Professionalism, and Technical Excellence.” If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s not too late to register to attend in person for an $85 fee. Acquisition professionals outside the Washington area can watch a live stream of the symposium at DAU regional campuses or extended learning sites. Registration information, a schedule of events, and a list of places […]

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

Singaporean military delegation visits laboratory

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 13, 2016) — A group of 10 Singaporean defense officials met with representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory April 8 at the Rodman Materials Research Laboratory. Rear Adm. Harris Chan Weng Yip met with Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general, earlier in the day. Chan is Singapore’s future systems and technology architect within the Ministry of Defence. The United States and Singapore have a “comprehensive relationship with productive cooperation on economic, political, and security issues,” according to the U.S. State Department. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and ARL are pursuing a cooperative […]

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

Army uses open forum to build technology in-roads with industry

by Ken Goss, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 11, 2016) — The Army is working hard to build lines of communication between the federal government and small business and industry nationwide through its Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative. This initiative is part of the Defense Department’s continuing effort to increase the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of its many acquisition, technology and logistics efforts. To support BBP 3.0, the Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, held a Technical Interchange Meeting with Industry, or TIM, at the C4ISR campus here, March 31 and April 1, to help industry identify and align their efforts with […]

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

AMC announces Mission Command alignment

By Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC Commanding General To optimize life cycle sustainment, better support the Chief of Staff of the Army’s top priority of readiness, and posture the command for the future, I recently announced a Mission Command alignment for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Effective in February 2016, the alignment includes two major initiatives: empowering Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMCs) to provide portfolio-based sustainable readiness, and strengthening Army Sustainment Command (ASC) as AMC’s single entry point for synchronizing, integrating, and prioritizing readiness capabilities across our Army at the installation level. To strengthen the portfolio-based approach, three Research, Development and Engineering Centers (RDECs) and three Contracting Centers are realigned […]

Army seeks innovation at summit

Army seeks innovation at summit

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 6, 2016) — The U.S. Army seeks new ideas as it holds a second summit to inspire innovation. Military and civilian leaders, scientists and engineers gathered for a two-day conference at APG’s Mallet Hall, April 5-6. “We live in a complex world with complex threats,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. “To recommend innovative solutions, we must prioritize our needs.” Wharton, the host of the event, welcomed representatives from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, other Army Materiel Command major subordinate commands and technology leaders from across the […]

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

Warfighter Support Initiative Brings DLA to the Customers

By Chris Erbe FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The Defense Logistics Agency took to the road, traveling to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in support of the Warfighter Support Initiative, March 22-23. DLA employees from 11 divisions brought face-to-face engagement to the logistics community of Fort Bragg and other military installations, to educate and inform them about how to better use DLA’s services and capabilities. Over the two days, a group of about 35 DLA employees occupied the Fort Bragg Catering and Conference Center, where they educated customers about the agency’s ordering systems, supply chains, products and services and provided opportunities for customer feedback. The group represented DLA’s six primary level field […]