Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

By Bill Good Crawl, Walk, Run: That simple phrase is the common refrain heard in U.S. Army training facilities  throughout the world. This approach forces new Soldiers to focus on the basics before moving onto more advanced techniques. In Afghanistan, that same training principle is being applied at the recently opened Afghan National Army (ANA) Armor Branch School.  In March, the ANA will take possession of the first 58 of 352 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV)  to enhance their quick reaction and Mobile Strike Force (MSF) capabilities. These  vehicles represent the first kandak, or battalion, size element of armored vehicles for the ANA. This capability will be critical when U.S. […]

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning Outlines ASAALT Strategic Plan

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Strategy and Performance Planning has outlined a five-year strategic plan designed to ensure continued success for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). The document is organized primarily around key principles such as equipping and sustaining the Army for the 21st century, ensuring effective life-cycle management, transforming the acquisition workforce, developing policy, and enhancing efficiency, said Lee Thompson, DASA for Strategy and Performance Planning. The rationale for the plan, which details specific goals and priorities through 2017, is aligned with the Army Campaign Plan 2012 and is grounded in articulating […]

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

In the months since the Army concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, in November 2011, hundreds of Soldiers, engineers, developers, and program managers have remained at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, to complete vehicle integration design work, de-install 12.1 platforms, integrate the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical test platform, and participate in new equipment and field training exercises, all in preparation for NIE 12.2. NIE 12.2, taking place in April and May, is the third installment in a series of semiannual evaluations designed to integrate and rapidly advance the Army’s tactical network. In the first two evaluations, the Army brought together the test, acquisition, and doctrine […]

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

[author type="author"]Summer Barkley[/author] Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives that bring energy-efficient power generation to forward-deployed units in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) were showcased to senior DoD personnel Jan. 8. Members of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center (RFAST-C) and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) were also at the demonstrations. Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics,  and Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, visited Camp Sabalu-Harrison at Bagram Airfield to see the first micro-grid emplaced in OEF. The micro-grid, which Burke’s office supported, is a joint venture involving Project Manager […]

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

[author type="author"]Bill Good[/author] The U.S. Army has taken another significant step forward in the strategic withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan with the shipment of the first 18 production Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) to theater. These 18 vehicles, shipped in November 2011, are the first of 281 MSFVs that will be provided to the Afghan National Army (ANA) to enable a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) capability, which will be critical once U.S. forces begin their drawdown.  “The MSFV provides each QRF Kandak [battalion] with a rapidly deployable, highly mobile armored capability that can quickly maneuver in an all-terrain environment, while concurrently providing the ANA with sufficient firepower to conduct […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: January 2012

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: January 2012

Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program We are piloting the new Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP), a 2½-day course focusing on developing better civilian leadership. FY12 offerings will be available for courses running from February through July. Contact your command Acquisition Career Management Advocate if you are interested in attending. The two levels of ALCP, with areas of focus, are: ALCP I (GS-12/13, O-3/O-4) Personal leadership strengths and weaknesses. Preferred leadership styles. Modeling leadership challenges. Using power to increase productivity. Cultural traits that affect organizational performance. Practical solutions to personnel issues. Setting and achieving goals. ALCP II (GS-14/15, O-5/O-6) Comprehensive look at personal leadership strengths, weaknesses, preferences, styles, and behaviors. Leadership styles […]

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

[author type="author"]Cynthia Merritt and Alvin Bing[/author] The U.S. Army’s Product Director Non-Standard Vehicles (PD NSV) is providing the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) with key maneuver capabilities that are critical to expediting the strategic drawdown of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014. In 2005 NATO’s Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan began equipping the ANSF with the Ford Ranger J97 Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to enhance the ANSF’s tactical capabilities and its ability to secure and stabilize Afghanistan. The ANSF includes the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA); both branches heavily use the LTVs to carry out their mission of security and peacekeeping. The LTV […]

Army Agency Completes Mission to Destroy Chemical Weapons

Army Agency Completes Mission to Destroy Chemical Weapons

The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD), UT, on Jan. 21. With the elimination of the Utah chemical weapons stockpile, CMA has safely destroyed nearly 90 percent of the Nation’s stockpile of chemical agent and has successfully completed its mission to destroy all chemical agent munitions and items declared at entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and assigned to CMA for destruction. The CWC, an international treaty ratified by the United States in April 1997, required the complete destruction of the Nation’s chemical weapons stockpile by April 2007. The United States was granted a five-year […]

S&T Notebook: Events Update

S&T Notebook: Events Update

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. First, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. There are a lot of exciting, significant events scheduled in 2012, and I will be updating these happenings for you in this column throughout the year. Since my last monthly update, DoD received an appropriation bill, and the Army’s science and technology portfolio was funded for FY12. Also, I took part in the Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST) session in Washington, DC, on Dec. 5-6. […]

Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] Student teams from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Global MBA Program presented commercialization plans for eight military medicine projects in December, marking the first such DoD/university technology transfer partnership. The military projects were all sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (USAMRMC TATRC). TATRC joined with Johns Hopkins’ new Global MBA Program in its Discovery to Market Project, or D2M, a required yearlong course in which students develop a business plan for translating a scientific discovery into a technology with commercial potential. The TATRC researchers were among several high-technology partners working with the students. TATRC projects […]