Journey of a Successful CARD

Proper preparation of a Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) is a vital step in having a successful acquisition program. Here is how the CARD is completed: The Program Management Office (PMO) staff prepares the CARD. The project manager then signs the CARD and submits it to the program executive officer (PEO) for approval. Once signed by the PEO, the CARD is submitted to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources (DASA PPR) for staffing to Cost Review Board (CRB) representatives. The representatives review the CARD sections that describe their respective functional areas for completeness, adherence to regulatory guidelines and laws, and mission priorities. Any deficiencies […]

The Cost Review Board Process: Reaching Consensus

The Cost Review Board Process: Reaching Consensus

Tracey Goldstein and Steve Loftus Second of two installments To bring Army agencies together and gain consensus on a single Army position for cost, the Army developed the Cost Review Board (CRB). The end state of the CRB process is a life-cycle cost estimate called an Army Cost Position (ACP). The ACP is used to create a cost basis for Army program baselines, acquisition decisions, programming, and budgeting. The ACP is also the basis for the Army’s submission of the Acquisition Program Baseline submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Congress. The CRB process brings together senior Army leadership from the acquisition, requirements development, financial management, programming, […]

Utility Helicopters Office Reaches Out to Special Needs Students

Utility Helicopters Office Reaches Out to Special Needs Students

Sofia C. Bledsoe For the past two years, the Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) of Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation has taken several opportunities to share its passion and experiences with the Special Education class at Sparkman High School in Harvest, AL. Pilots have visited the students in their classrooms, talked about their work, showed them the gear they wear, and told stories about what it’s like to be a helicopter pilot. This time they partnered with Specialized Education Services Inc. (SESi) and took the community outreach program to another level. Eleven students from the Special Education class had an opportunity May 9 to see what an actual helicopter looks […]

ECBC Engineers Create Tablet Applications for Cost-Effective Training Options

ECBC Engineers Create Tablet Applications for Cost-Effective Training Options

Teachers use it to teach lessons. Football players study their plays on it. Now Soldiers can use the tablet computer as a one-stop device for training refreshers, an easy-to-carry installation manual, and more. “On one small mobile device, a warfighter has a full library of information to support a device or even to support the operation of a full vehicle. If a warfighter is carrying a mobile device, the weight of his or her backpack is significantly less,” said COL Raymond Compton, Military Deputy, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Edgewood, MD. In addition to being cost-effective, the 21st-century advancements in technology, coupled with a desire to equip the warfighter with […]

Army Seeks Nominations for Greatest Inventions Awards

Army Seeks Nominations for Greatest Inventions Awards

Recognizing the need for new and innovative technologies to empower, unburden, and protect Soldiers around the world, the Army’s Greatest Inventions (AGI) program is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards. Since 2003, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) has conducted the AGI program annually to encourage and reward those who are fighting the war from research laboratories throughout the Army by developing the best technological solutions for the Soldier. Continuing a tradition established last year, AMC is also proud to support the Soldier Greatest Inventions Awards program, recognizing individual Soldiers for their efforts to enhance their fellow Soldiers’ equipment and/or performance. Nominations are being accepted for inventions initiated both […]

CMA Completes Chemical Stockpile Elimination Mission

CMA Completes Chemical Stockpile Elimination Mission

Three weeks into the new year, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) achieved a major milestone: safely eliminating more than 27 tons of nerve and blister agents. On Jan. 21, the final mustard agent-filled 155mm projectile was destroyed at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Utah, marking the completion of CMA’s stockpile destruction mission. While the Chemical Stockpile Elimination (CSE) mission eliminated nearly 90 percent of the chemical agent stockpiled in the United States since the 1960s, the remaining 10 percent will be eliminated by a DoD program, the U.S. Army Element Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA). “This is a remarkable feat: the safe elimination of more than […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2012

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2012

Training with Industry (TWI) TWI is a 10- to 12-month rotational opportunity for acquisition officers (O-3 to O-5) to work side by side with industry. Current participating companies for Army acquisition in FY12 are: Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Coca-Cola Co., Cisco Systems Inc., EADS North America Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Intel Corp., General Dynamics Corp., and Boeing Co. The U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) participates in TWI so that our officers can actively experience best practices through one-year assignments with leading industry partners. As a result, they can apply lessons learned and effect positive change in AAC. Increased leadership focus has led to expanded participation in the […]

CERDEC Directorate Reorganizes to Better Emphasize Integrated Solutions

CERDEC Directorate Reorganizes to Better Emphasize Integrated Solutions

The U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Center (RDECOM CERDEC) has reorganized an element of its workforce to better support integrated capability solutions in mission command; computing platforms; power; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) platform integration. The CERDEC Command and Control Directorate, or C2D, has changed its name to Command, Power and Integration (CP&I) and has restructured its branches to better emphasize its core competencies and to ensure that those competencies are not split across divisions. The new name directly reflects the organization’s mission, which is to innovate and implement solutions in the specific core competencies of mission command capabilities, mission command computing […]

Army Examining Capabilities for Future Network

Army Examining Capabilities for Future Network

The Army is assessing capabilities and emerging C4ISR technologies as part of its efforts to shape the network of the future, including its annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix, NJ. The Product Director (PD) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) & Network Modernization Event 2012 (E12), which began April 16, focuses on the network in the near term and several years out. The findings will help senior leaders make informed decisions in shaping the Army’s future force and network. “Network modernization is an Army priority. Each year our goal is to stand up a fully integrated and instrumented architecture that provides quantifiable data regarding the technical performance […]

MICC Program Offers Acquisition Career Road Map

MICC Program Offers Acquisition Career Road Map

By Daniel P. Elkins Officials at Fort Sam Houston, TX, have developed an Acquisition Workforce Civilian Leadership Development Program, offering contracting professionals a structured, detailed road map for career management. The program was created for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) workforce, but officials from the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) exploring a similar program recognized its value to the broader Army acquisition community. The program is scheduled to launch this spring. “The Army is committed to replenishing and growing our professional acquisition workforce through the enhancement of career development programs and training opportunities,” said BG Stephen Leisenring, then MICC Commanding General. “Professional development serves as a powerful tool […]