Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014)—The new edition of Army AL&T magazine is here and it’s all about people—the 38,000-strong Army Acquisition Workforce with special recognition for the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). The AAC, the core of the workforce, is made up of more than 12,000 men and women, experts in engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics, and other Acquisition fields, serve as an example of the professionalism and excellence of those who dedicate themselves to protect and support Soldiers across the globe. October 13, 1989, marks the date that then Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the AAC, […]

A leg up

A leg up

Wounded warrior develops first-of-a-kind leg prosthesis By Mr. Steve Stark For most people, the 21st birthday is life-changing in one sense only, and a trivial one at that—they can purchase alcohol. For Edward Lychik, who turned 21 on Sept. 30, 2011, while serving as an Army combat engineer in Afghanistan, that birthday was profoundly life-changing in more ways than one. “We always like to say the combat engineers lead the way. We’re out there in the front, leading, driving five miles an hour and looking for bombs. Once I’d find something, we’d dig it up and go blow it up somewhere else,” he said. Lychik’s job as a specialist was […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

‘Piece’ of Mind

‘Piece’ of Mind

By T’Jae Gibson A team of researchers from the Army Research Laboratory and a number of universities are taking a physics-based approach to understanding traumatic brain injuries. They’re partnering with military medical experts like those at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and others to understand the relationship between blast events – like explosions after an IED detonates – and brain injury. In this episode of Inside the Lab, ARL explores unique research approaches to understand how traumatic brain injuries occur, the challenges in detecting and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries and the obstacles Army and university researchers are attempting to overcome to find protection solutions to mitigate the effects […]

Industrial base essential to overcome future threats

Industrial base essential to overcome future threats

J.D. Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 25, 2014) — Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said that after three months in his position, one of the things he’s learned is how the industrial base is interwoven with risk. Speaking before a packed house of Association of the U.S. Army members, at the organization’s Institute of Land Warfare breakfast, Thursday, Williamson said he wasn’t going to make remarks about specific equipment programs. Instead he wanted to talk about what kept him up at night. Williamson said he is concerned that experts will not be available to […]

May the Force Be Ready

May the Force Be Ready

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The July – September electronic edition of Army AL&T magazine is now online at http://usaasc.armyalt.com/, with the print edition coming to you shortly. The theme of this issue is training and force readiness, and it’s packed with must-read material, from how the Army trains and “grows” contracting professionals, to a deep dive into the Training with Industry program to how a Soldier amputee invented his own prosthesis so he could run again. As the on-the-job training in the “schoolhouses” of Southwest Asia ends, the Army must find other ways to keep the force trained and ready. The magazine will take you into […]

Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations

Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations

By Mr. Chuck Meixner   Security assistance through training and equipping partner nations contributes to regional and global stability, strengthens military support for democratically-elected governments, and limits the spread of transnational threats, including terrorism and trafficking in narcotics, weapons and people. Additionally, security assistance enables key allies and friends to improve their defense capabilities and foster closer military relationships. These relationships strengthen defense capabilities and promote U.S. interests around the world by preparing coalition partners and friendly foreign governments to work toward common security goals and share burdens in joint missions. Increased military capabilities build and strengthen multilateral coalitions with the United States and enable friends and allies to be […]

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT BLISS, Texas (May 19, 2014) — Trading Beltway briefings for a Black Hawk and a backpack, Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson visited what he described as one of the Army’s premier installations to highlight one of the service’s top modernization priorities, the tactical communications network. Less than a week after he was formally sworn in for his new position, the Army’s second-highest-ranking civilian leader toured the site of the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 here, Thursday, and reiterated the importance of a robust, flexible network to ensure information dominance for future missions. “As we secure our interests throughout the world, we’re […]

Editorial: Contracting senior enlisted relevant, resilient, ready to serve at strategic level

Editorial: Contracting senior enlisted relevant, resilient, ready to serve at strategic level

By Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Bowens, Mission and Installation Contracting Command command sergeant major   JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (May 15, 2014) — As our Army continues its transformation following more than 13 years of continuous war, it increasingly relies on its senior enlisted leaders to advise in the management and strategic development of the most talented and superior Soldiers to serve as the next generation of leaders. Organizations across the Army necessitate their leaders possess the strategic knowledge and discipline necessary to carry out their missions while implementing force structure changes. As stewards of our resources, today’s senior enlisted leaders must be innovative in setting conditions […]

Acquisition awards season opens

Acquisition awards season opens

Managers encouraged to nominate high-achieving teams, individuals   By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The past year presented more than its share of challenges to the acquisition workforce, and anyone looking for a way to recognize someone who went above his pay grade to overcome those challenges has several opportunities: The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Acquisition Award Programs is May 23, and the nomination period for the U.S. Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting closes June 20. “With more than 40,000 members of the Acquisition workforce, there are a […]