Engineering Connections

Engineering Connections

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers five lessons learned for building relationships with and between small businesses. by Ms. Crystal E. Teed At its core, running a successful small business program for a federal agency is about connecting people and business organizations that want to do business with each other. It makes sense for the government to contract with responsible small businesses. According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the top predictors of a person’s ability to run a successful small business are four personality traits: work drive, emotional resilience, social networking and goal-setting. Each of those traits is conducive […]

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

By Emily Tsambiras, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Office of Command Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The most efficient solution to a business problem isn’t always the most cost- effective. But when it comes to storage and distribution, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution has discovered that performance-based logistics (PBL) provides the best value for the agency, its customers and its vendors. PBL relies on commercial industry to support and sustain materiel readiness, and focuses on outcomes rather than individual transactions. PBL contracts can motivate manufacturers to produce premium-quality products, saving customers money by reducing the number of necessary repairs, which also decreases parts and labor expenses, said Joe Faris, director of […]

Innovation Engine

Innovation Engine

The Small Business Innovation Research program enables RDECOM to ride a wave of small business ingenuity to help the warfighter, bringing transformative technologies to existing programs at low cost. by Mr. John O’Brien, Mr. Larry Bickford, Mr. Robert Auer, Mr. Michael J. Statkus and Mr. Steve Olevnik Small business involvement in Army technology procurement is thriving, and one place where that’s happening is the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), in part through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the companion Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. SBIR, a governmentwide program, plays a big part in RDECOM’s engagement with small businesses, opening avenues to funding and […]

DLA program yields benefits for small business, government

DLA program yields benefits for small business, government

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs administers a unique program designed to assist small businesses as they navigate government contracting. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was created in 1985 to provide specialized training and assistance to small businesses to help increase their participation in government contracts at local, state and federal levels, including DOD. Today there are Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) operating in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and all 50 states. The centers provide small businesses a variety of services, from identifying contracting opportunities to providing guidance on the bidding process. The […]

February 2016 Hot Topics

February 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Army DACM Office re-emphasizes the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) within the two-year cycle, which ends Sept. 30. We are now in FY16 Quarter 2, and the glide path suggests having 50 CLPs by the end of this quarter. Are you on track? The new Onboarding website has been available for a couple of months now. If you are new to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), we strongly suggest visiting this webpage. The January edition of the DACM Newsletter contains articles on the AAW Strategic Human Capital Plan, Training with Industry and Advanced Civil Schooling selectees, and a new subscription tool […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Position and Unit: Contracting Officer, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Years of Service in Workforce: 12 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting and purchasing; Level I in program management Education: M.S. in management with a concentration in contracting and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in organizational management, Oakwood University; associate degree in computer information systems, Faulkner University Awards: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command FY12 Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement; Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Outstanding Unit/Team Award; Outstanding Performance Award for participation in the Small Business Innovative Research Program ‘The best decision I ever made’ By Susan L. Follett […]

The future of wearable tech

The future of wearable tech

Working Soldiers to failure is a costly mistake, and until recently it’s been anybody’s guess at what temperature and exertion rate a given Soldier would max out. But now, wearable, chest-based sensors (far more accurate and informative than current wrist-worn models) can tell when a Soldier is nearing cardiac and temperature limits—protecting Soldiers, preventing heat casualties and generating data to help predict how Soldiers will perform under new environmental conditions. by Dr. Reed W. Hoyt and Dr. Karl E. Friedl (COL, USA Ret.) The Army uses wired and wireless monitoring systems to monitor real-time performance and safe operating limits of vehicles and aircraft, but no comparable systems exist for Soldiers. […]

Instilling Excellence

Instilling Excellence

Heidi Shyu’s legacy in Army acquisition From the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Mr. Gabriel Camarillo Throughout a five-year period of remarkable change and instability, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) Heidi Shyu has left a remarkable legacy as a leader, professional—and, to many, a mentor. Her tenure in the ASA(ALT) organization has left not only lasting impacts on the warfighter and the acquisition process, but also an indelible mark on the Army acquisition community, and all those she worked with and alongside during her time with the Army. We will miss her significant contributions to the Army. […]

Network interoperability key to Common Operating Picture

Network interoperability key to Common Operating Picture

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (January 22, 2016) –Working to address aspects of coalition mission command interoperability, senior Army leaders recently participated in an executive level site visit at Joint Multi-National Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany. JMRC is the training environment for leaders, staffs and partners and serves as the proving ground for multinational Command and Control (C2) interoperability. Driving the discussion, Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, identified the need to deliver a Common Operating Picture (COP) as a way forward in order to increase interoperability between allies and partners. Army network program managers, working with the requirements community and Army Research and Development Centers, are […]

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. – When DOD has to respond quickly to a disaster or global emergency, it normally takes some time for the supply chain that supports those forces to gear up to go. But a new group of rapid deployers from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are now trained and equipped to be some of the first boots on the ground when the call comes. The new capability, called the Rapid Deployment Initiative (RDI) program, consists of two 13-member teams that are mission-tailored to augment logistics capabilities of geographic combatant commands and the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Task Force Port Opening. […]