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 […]

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 […]