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 […]

ASA(ALT) launches third annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

ASA(ALT) launches third annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (May 16, 2016) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the third annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues. “This annual writing competition is designed to identify, discuss, and influence the outcome of significant issues affecting Army acquisition in today’s increasingly uncertain and complex global security environment,” said Williamson. “Through critical thinking and writing about pertinent subjects related to Army acquisition, we will continually improve the process to deliver capabilities to our Warfighters […]

Army Executive Visits 401st AFSB

Army Executive Visits 401st AFSB

by Justin Graff, 401st AFSB Public Affairs CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade here, May 3, to get a firsthand look at how the brigade provides logistic support throughout the U.S. Army Central Command footprint. Katrina McFarland, acting assistant secretary of the Army (AL&T), toured equipment warehouses and spoke with 401st Army Field Support Brigade Commander, Col. Chris Day about logistic challenges and innovations in supporting such a large area of operation. “There’s so much going on in theater. The environment is very complex,” McFarland said. “They have to show so much adaptability […]

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (May 3, 2016) – The U.S. Army brought together operational forces and elements from the cyber, training and doctrine, research and development, and acquisition communities to further define how the Army operationally adapts to cyber and electromagnetic threats here April 18-29. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii and the 7th Signal Command Cyber Protection Brigade from Fort Gordon, Georgia spent two weeks at the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, proofing new operations concepts in a realistic training scenario similar to what they would see at a National Training Center during “Cyber Blitz: Converged Brigade Combat Team Main […]

BBP 3.0 is working, Kendall tells acquisition professionals

BBP 3.0 is working, Kendall tells acquisition professionals

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 4, 2016) – Acquisition professionals must embrace the principles behind Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0 to maintain technological superiority for the U.S. military, says Hon. Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD)AT&L)). Speaking April 27, in a keynote address on the importance of momentum in acquisition reform at the opening of the annual Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training Symposium, Kendall sharpened the focus on the principles behind BBP 3.0 that he first outlined in February. “Our job is always to get as much as we possibly can for the amount of money we have for the warfighters […]

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 […]