The Untold Story behind the Historic Agreement to End Colombia’s 52-year Civil War

Army AL&T News On Wednesday, the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group announced an agreement to end their 52-year civil war. What’s not making today’s headlines is the U.S. military assistance that was instrumental in bringing the rebels to the negotiating table. The agreement, announced in Havana, was the culmination of four years of negotiations between the government and the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The brutal war left some 220,000 dead and displaced more than 5 million people in a country of 50 million. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday hailed the accord, saying, “The United States strongly supports this […]

PEO C3T Develops Broad-Based Approach to Leverage Industry Innovation

PEO C3T Develops Broad-Based Approach to Leverage Industry Innovation

PEO C3T develops broad-based approach to leverage industry innovation By Bridget Lynch, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD (August 19, 2016) – Rapidly changing technology in the marketplace and unpredictable conditions abroad make it imperative for the Army to quickly adopt the best solutions from industry. Despite the dominance of large, specific-use weapon systems within the Army, there is increasing recognition that niche solutions can have a big impact. As such, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications –Tactical (PEO C3T) has developed an approach to engage industry through various outreach venues. The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program is one part of that approach. This […]

Reforming Motivation

Reforming Motivation

Army acquisition reform starts with inspiring the workforce. A deep dive into a handful of surveys sheds light on how to do that. by Mr. Nicholaus Saacks As dialogue intensifies around the best ways to reform the acquisition system, many proposals will offer new processes and realigned responsibilities to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, no matter what changes may come, the Army acquisition system will continue to be reliant upon and driven by people. The system can only be successful through the performance, commitment and motivation of the acquisition workforce. With so much at stake, how can leaders be certain they are using the motivators that match the preferences of […]

P2E prepares for global readiness

P2E prepares for global readiness

By Ms. Rosalie Fehrmann, P2E Strategic Communications Specialist Keeping pace with the rapid, near-constant changes in technology can be challenging. By the time one project gets approved for installation, a newer, more improved technology has emerged on the market. Tracking those changes while maintaining global readiness is a constant battle for Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PM P2E), within the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems. It’s a battle the P2E team is willing to fight: to create the best outcome while striving to make the acquisition and installation processes as efficient as possible. P2E’s mission is to deliver the full spectrum of network, information and infrastructure modernization services […]

Army tests enhanced waveform to support future aerial tier

Army tests enhanced waveform to support future aerial tier

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army continues to make the tactical communications network more robust and expeditionary to support today’s complex missions. Recently it demonstrated an enhanced version of the line-of-sight Highband Networking Waveform (HNW), which provides a four-fold increase in throughput over the earlier version and could enable a future network aerial tier to significantly extend the range of operations on the battlefield. “The current HNW 2.0 provides agile, high-bandwidth and long-range line-of-sight connectivity between mobile terrestrial nodes,” said Col. Joseph Ward Roberts, product manager for Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3, which manages the waveform development and testing. […]

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 […]

May 2016 Hot Topics

May 2016 Hot Topics

  FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center are in the final stages of developing and staffing an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP) for approval. When approved, this HCSP will guide the process for anticipating workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. As we continue collaboration with HCSP stakeholders, the DACM will host the semiannual State of the Army Acquisition Workforce General Officer/Senior Executive […]

Orchestrating Sustainment

Orchestrating Sustainment

Sustain internally, outsource the whole job—or recognize that, as complex as artillery systems are these days, few organizations have all of the expertise needed to sustain them. So two Army commands, two Marine Corps commands and a major defense contractor collaborate to sustain the U.S. howitzer fleet. by Mr. Christopher Hatch Sustaining towed artillery platforms for the Army, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and allied customers is one of the challenges the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition’s Program Management Office for Towed Artillery Systems (PM TAS) faces on a daily basis. As the life-cycle manager for the M777A2 and M119A3 howitzer systems, as well as survey equipment, PM TAS continuously […]

Partnering Up

Partnering Up

When the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to take command of training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces, its partnership with the 900th Contracting Battalion was already solid. by Maj. Timothy G. Godwin The key to successful operational contracting support (OCS) in complex environments is a partnership between the supported headquarters and the contracting unit—a partnership that should begin months before both units board a plane to deploy. The future joint task force (JTF) and the aligned contracting unit must work together, plan together, train together and deploy together. Only through an established and codified relationship can the two units navigate environments in which contracting increasingly has become a critical element […]

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 29, 2016) — For military operations, getting information quickly and analyzing it in real time is critical. Each minute counts as Soldiers wait for their orders. Using radios, associated waveforms and applications that serve as a “mid-tier” in the tactical network, Soldiers at the company level can talk and chat, collaborate and share reports and send data to battalion and brigade, linking the Lower Tactical Internet with the Upper Tactical Internet. The Army plans to assess the capabilities of the mid-tier at Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.2, which runs from May 2-14. Held at Fort Bliss, Texas, NIEs enable the […]