The ‘New’ Acquisition Workforce

The ‘New’ Acquisition Workforce

COL Gail Washington When you think of Army acquisition, you might picture PowerPoint briefings, memos for signature, Pentagon strategy sessions, or testimony on Capitol Hill. You probably don’t think of innovation in the desert. But during the past year, a team of military, civilian, and contractor personnel from across the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology community has expanded what it means to work in acquisition. As the Army executes Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) as a key component of the Agile Process, these individuals—engineers, technicians, planners, operations experts, and other staffers of all stripes—are working constantly behind the scenes to ensure a successful transformative process. The […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities   The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open until July 31 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. ATAP is an amazing opportunity to complete either your bachelor’s or master’s degree during off-duty time and have the Army pay for it. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/. The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement is open through Aug. 13 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-14 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers our senior acquisition workforce members the opportunity […]

FAA Revises Rules Governing Unmanned Aircraft Systems in National Airspace

FAA Revises Rules Governing Unmanned Aircraft Systems in National Airspace

Michael P. Truman Revised rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in national airspace streamline the approval process and thereby expand opportunities for the Army to fly UAS. Federal, state, and local government entities must obtain an FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) before flying UAS in national airspace. In a Jan. 13 memorandum accompanying Army Directive 2012-02, Supplemental Policy for Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/pdf/ad2012_02.pdf), Secretary of the Army John McHugh stated, “The Army’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) represent emerging technology that requires access to the National Airspace System. The Army intends to use […]

Army Medical Agency, VA Sign Agreement on PTSD Studies

Army Medical Agency, VA Sign Agreement on PTSD Studies

Carey Phillips Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common anxiety that can stem from any traumatic event. While there are medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat PTSD, they are not sufficiently effective in treating the combat-related PTSD commonly seen in service members and veterans. The Neurotrauma and Psychological Health Project Management Office (PMO) of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) signed an interagency agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program (VACSP) to jointly conduct and support clinical studies of pharmacotherapeutics for the treatment of combat-related PTSD. “The interagency agreement between USAMMDA and VACSP structures how the agencies will collaborate,” […]

Army Prepares to Field Networked Technologies to Deploying Brigade Combat Teams

Army Prepares to Field Networked Technologies to Deploying Brigade Combat Teams

Katie Cain Having concluded its third Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), the Army is in the midst of synchronized fielding efforts for the first integrated group of advanced tactical communications technologies to deploying Soldiers beginning this October. This group of networked technologies, known as Capability Set (CS) 13, is composed of network components, associated equipment, and software that will deliver, for the first time, an integrated voice and data capability throughout the entire brigade combat team (BCT) formation, from the brigade commander to the tactical edge—the dismounted Soldier. The five-week NIE 12.2 validated the connectivity, architecture, and components of CS 13, the tactical network baseline that will extend the network down […]

The Army’s Integration Team

The Army’s Integration Team

Katie Cain On October 1, 2011, the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Integration (PEO I) transitioned to the System of Systems Integration (SoSI) Directorate under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), to manage system integration and the Army’s new acquisition model known as the Agile Process. SoSI became a subordinate organization of ASAALT. Reporting directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Systems Management at ASAALT headquarters, SoSI is part of continuing efforts to improve procurement practices, streamline requirements, better manage cost and schedule issues, integrate new technologies before they are sent to theater, and work more closely with industry. Today, SoSI […]

The Optimal Program Structure

The Optimal Program Structure

This article first appeared in the July-August issue of Defense AT&L Magazine (http://www.dau.mil/pubscats/Pages/DefenseAtl.aspx). Frank Kendall Not too long ago, I was asked during a Q&A session with one of the courses at DAU what I thought the optimal program structure was. The question itself suggests a misunderstanding of how programs should be structured, and more importantly, it may be an example of a type of behavior that I’ve seen too much of in the past two years since I came back to government service. The answer to the question is either: (A) There is none, or (B) There are an infinite number. There is no one best way to structure […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open until July 31 to all eligible personnel in GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. ATAP is an amazing opportunity to complete either your bachelor’s or master’s degree during off-duty time and have the Army pay for it! For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/. The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement will be open from July 12 through Aug. 13 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-14 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers our senior acquisition workforce members […]

PM AcqBusiness Introduces Executive Dashboard For Senior Leadership to Assess, Evaluate Programs

PM AcqBusiness Introduces Executive Dashboard  For Senior Leadership to Assess, Evaluate Programs

Ken Waldrop The Product Manager Acquisition Business (PM AcqBusiness) team is building the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) Executive Dashboard, a tool designed to help senior leadership conduct analysis on Army acquisition programs. Using the Executive Dashboard, senior-level leaders can view key consolidated program data from multiple authoritative data sources. Viewing data in a dashboard format allows managers to better assess the health and status of the ASAALT enterprise and to quickly identify performance gaps. The Executive Dashboard will consistently display and graphically visualize data, enabling users to conduct analysis on individual programs and program portfolios. Over time, the Executive Dashboard will provide predictive […]

PM AcqBusiness Recognized as 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

PM AcqBusiness Recognized as 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

Ken Waldrop U.S. Army Product Manager Acquisition Business (PM AcqBusiness) has earned the distinction of being a 2012 Laureate in the International Data Group’s (IDG’s) Computerworld Honors Program. Founded by IDG in 1988, the program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. The annual awards honor visionary applications of information technology (IT) promoting positive social, economic, and educational change. LTC Maurice “Mo” Stewart, PM AcqBusiness in the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, VA, attended the gala awards ceremony June 4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. “There’s no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an […]