New Contracting Tool Offers Insights into Capability, Capacity

New Contracting Tool Offers Insights into Capability, Capacity

Senior decision makers with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Fort Sam Houston, TX, have a new planning tool that allows them to better gauge their effectiveness in executing the acquisition mission. The Capacity and Capability Model, or CAP2, provides a methodology to measure the capacity and capability of MICC mission contracting centers (MCCs), mission contracting offices, and installation contracting offices throughout the Nation to perform their missions for customers. “Developed by a cross-functional team of contracting, financial, and personnel experts, the CAP2 was designed to support the MICC’s transformation and delegated authority to regional mission contracting centers,” said Pat Hogston, Director of MICC Contract Support, Plans, and […]

Giving Soldiers What They Need

Giving Soldiers What They Need

[author type="author"]Angela Poffenberger[/author] What does the Soldier need? That’s what the Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) team asks, and they go straight to the source for the answer— the Soldier. FAST team members include U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer scientists, NCO medical officers, and U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) personnel. Dale Frazier, FAST Team Coordinator, said the medical officers volunteer their services “to help ensure the survivability of the warfighters.” The FAST team first deployed in September 2005 to support the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The team helps commanders find solutions to enhance mission capabilities and […]

Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event

Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Eight civilian members of the Army acquisition corps were introduced to the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program during the CDG/AAF Orientation, Induction, and Graduation hosted by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) March 20-22. The event served as the capstone event for the 11 members graduating from the program, as well as orientation for the newest fellows. “I did not realize how reputable the program is and how many CDG graduates are in such high visible positions within the Army,” said Chenxi Dong-O’Malley, a Year Group 2012 (YG12) CDG/AAF fellow and assistant product manager for Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. “The week exceeded my expectations. I […]

National Industries for the Blind Helps Wounded Soldiers

National Industries for the Blind Helps Wounded Soldiers

[author type="author"]Angela Poffenberger[/author] Did you know a person is considered legally blind when the best corrected visual acuity is 20/200 or the visual field is 20 degrees or less, meaning that he or she can only see the “E” on the eye chart? Seventy percent of people who are blind lack employment, but the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has a vision to change that statistic. Look at the pad of paper you’re using to take notes. Look at the pen you’re using. Do they say SKILCRAFT? If so, then they were manufactured by NIB. Employees who are blind have manufactured or assembled those supplies for decades—and that’s not […]

Making Electronic Medical Records Devices Work Together in the Military Health System

Making Electronic Medical Records Devices Work Together in the Military Health System

[author type="author"]Robert E. Connors[/author] In the military, it is rare that families or individuals remain in one place for an extended time, with the frequent travel and relocations to new duty station. To provide the best care for its beneficiaries, DoD’s health care system, like many civilian health care providers, is using medical devices and electronic health records to track and treat patients. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Joint Program Committee-1 (JPC-1) Medical Training and Health Information Sciences Research Program and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) are collaborating with the TRICARE Management Activity staff to lead a working group focused on developing acquisition language and […]

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

[author type="author"]CPT Bruce W. Barnes[/author] In today’s military environment of tightened budgets and staffing, empowering existing staff to organize, manage, share, and edit documents quickly and easily is critical to the success of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). To maintain maximum efficiency, immediate access is necessary for effective collaboration on mission-critical information. With this access, USAMRMC can spend more time doing what it does best: getting new medical capabilities to those who need them. As organizations within USAMRMC evolve and as individual projects grow and move forward, managing the thousands, or even millions, of paper and electronic documents can be both time-consuming and costly. Much of […]

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] A public university in one of the most concentrated military corridors in the Nation has teamed up with DoD in a major initiative to address the post-deployment health concerns of service personnel, veterans, and their families. With the sheer number and diverse reintegration challenges of returning personnel—and the alarming increase in the suicide rate for combat veterans—DoD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are building and strengthening civilian partnerships to expand their capabilities to meet urgent and ongoing needs. Operation Re-entry North Carolina is a growing research and development partnership led by East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC. It was funded in September 2011 […]

Healthy Force, Healthy Nation

[author type="author"]Dr. Valerie Trabosh[/author] Maintaining a healthy lifestyle depends partly upon nutrition. Unfortunately, Soldiers are continually subjected to pressures from obesity-producing environments and the marketing of dietary supplements. The poor choices that can result make it difficult to regulate personal body mass, maintain a proper balance of nutrients and, most troubling, have nutritionally valuable meals. Twenty-first century Soldiers conduct battle tasks of varied duration and intensity in adverse environments with multiple stressors. Given these factors, it is difficult to determine how the metabolic consequences of intense physical and cognitive effort, restricted replenishment of nutrients, fluids and sleep, and exposure to climatic extremes influence the effects of nutrients in the rations […]

Research in the Red

Research in the Red

[author type="author"]Rebecca Duve and Dr. Anthony E. Pusateri[/author] According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. To improve the future of blood products, DoD, through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), has established effective programs in the hopes of aiding both warfighters and civilians. Approximately 44,000 blood donations are necessary each day to treat accident and burn victims, cancer patients, those having surgery, new mothers, premature babies, and many others. Donating blood is considered safe, and it takes less than an hour of time from the donor. Once volunteers donate blood, it is processed to produce various blood products such as […]

Aquatic Biomonitor Technology Put to Use in Major U.S. Cities

Aquatic Biomonitor Technology Put to Use in Major U.S. Cities

[author type="author"]David E. Trader[/author] One Army-developed technology relies on nothing more than nature to help ensure that a daily and vital substance is safe and readily available. The aquatic biomonitor, available commercially as the Intelligent Aquatic Biomonitor System (iABS), uses fish and their breathing patterns to detect the presence of potentially toxic substances in water. The iABS employs a team of eight bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), also known as sunfish or bream, to provide 24/7 monitoring of water supplies. The U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) is tasked with developing biomonitoring technologies for the many environmental health hazards that military members face on a day-to-day basis. The information collected […]