Newsletter provides acquisition workforce career news, tips

Newsletter provides acquisition workforce career news, tips

By Susan L. Follett It has been a busy couple of months for the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office—some key personnel departed, a new principal military deputy came onboard, a couple of key pilot programs got underway, and the project and product director slates for FY17 were announced. The May DACM Newsletter provides you with all the details behind these and other key acquisition career developments, in a format that’s easy to read and filled with links to sites where you can get more information. Here’s a little of what you’ll find: Shannon Potter and Wen Lin offer some tips on learning to love the SRPE. Yes, it’s […]

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I FORT BLISS, Texas (February 27, 2017) — The U.S. Army Forces Command, or FORSCOM, recently hosted a Command Post Huddle, designed to generate discussions among key Army leaders to help standardize command post requirements. During the event, FORSCOM’s commanding general, Gen. Robert Abrams, stressed that the Army must act now to insert innovation into command post designs because “the world we’re going to fight in the future is not the same as we’ve been fighting the past 15 years,” and that today’s commands posts must be “more effective, lethal, and survivable.” The attendees toured several command post configurations on display Fort Bliss, Texas, for the event, […]

Army researcher shares international partnership experiences

Army researcher shares international partnership experiences

by Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Dr. Mark Griep, a materials engineer working in the nano/bionano materials field at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, recently returned from a one-year tour working at the Agency for Defense Development in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. The assignment was part of the Department of Defense’s Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program or ESEP. The program promotes international cooperation through the exchange of defense scientists and engineers and affords opportunities for U.S. military and civilian engineer and scientist personnel to work on-site in allied and friendly countries. Currently, DOD has signed ESEP agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, […]

Hockey and the USO: USAASC closes the year with special activities

Hockey and the USO: USAASC closes the year with special activities

Kristine Faria As 2016 came to a close, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) personnel came together for two activities that brought special meaning to a long-standing sports rivalry and helped out those in need this holiday season. On Dec. 5, USAASC’s very own Lt. Col. Alex Babington took to the ice at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center as part of an Army-Navy hockey game that featured local military players. The result of coordination between Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff (COS), and the Washington Capitals professional hockey organization, the game ramped up excitement for the year’s Army-Navy football game and kicked off a week of spirited rivalry between […]

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

Army Medical Logistics Recognized with Wolf Pack Award

By Ellen Crown, US Army Medical Materiel Agency Public Affairs Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West and Army Medical Department Civilian Corps Chief Gregg Stevens presented the 2016 4th quarter Army Medicine Wolf Pack award to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Total Lifecycle Management Team during a ceremony at Fort Detrick, Maryland, Oct. 11. The Wolf Pack award recognizes an integrated team of military and civilian members whose accomplishments demonstrate excellence and effective teamwork resulting in significant products or services with the potential for broad impact in support of Army Medicine. The Total Lifecycle Management team was comprised of 20 military and civilian employees from […]

Army R&D, test and evaluation communities ‘green’ civilian employees

Army R&D, test and evaluation communities ‘green’ civilian employees

by Dan Baldwin, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — For one week, civilian engineers, scientists and business support staff left their labs and cubicles to live the life of a U.S. Army Solider and gain a deeper appreciation for the Army mission Sept. 12-16. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is promoting an Army civilian acculturation program across all installations to better integrate civilian employees into the military. To align with this effort, the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command have partnered to create an Aberdeen Proving Ground’s inaugural collaborative greening program. Seventy-two ATEC and […]

New ECBC Research and Technology Director Driven by Desire to Contribute

New ECBC Research and Technology Director Driven by Desire to Contribute

By Richard Arndt, ECBC Public Affairs Officer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Although August 22 was the first time he walked into the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center as an employee, Eric L. Moore, Ph.D., was hardly a stranger. As a long time steward of the U.S. Chemical and Biological Defense Program, and former Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Division Chief, Moore has had more than a decade’s worth of experience working with ECBC. Only now, his interaction is as a part of the organization rather than as a partner of the organization. “I really believe in my heart that this is the premier chemical and […]

Reaching Way Back

Reaching Way Back

The 413th CSB works to strengthen teamwork between CCOs and attorneys—a relationship that’s becoming more important as the military’s operational focus shifts to the Pacific. by Capt. James S. Kim In tomorrow’s ever-shrinking world, U.S. forces will have a continually evolving mission to provide full spectrum military operations across the globe. It is in this dynamic atmosphere that contingency contracting officers (CCOs) find themselves with the unenviable task of juggling the dual missions of supporting garrison contract operations while always maintaining readiness to deploy to a forward area in support of expeditionary, contingency and training operations. In the unique and unpredictable atmosphere of deployed operations, continued and reliable reachback legal […]

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

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 […]