S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

By Dr. Scott Fish The DASA R&T kiosk in the ASAALT exhibit at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition showcased programs and initiatives. (Photo by McArthur Newell, BRTRC/U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.)   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. Time has really flown—it is hard to believe that we are at the beginning of November! It certainly has been a busy time for me and for many people in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). At the end […]

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

By Dana Finney Microgrids use a combination of technologies to produce electricity and allow facilities to be “islanded” from the central grid. This microgrid serves the NTT power company’s facility in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons, 2006 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration will use a distributed energy circuit, or microgrid, combined with other elements to ensure that critical military missions have a reliable, secure electrical supply after a power outage due to natural disasters or attack. Called “Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security” (SPIDERS), the project will explore the advanced controls needed for utility-connected and islanded (operating without a connection […]

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

By Kris Osborn The M109 PIM  is slated for low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm howitzer artillery cannon can fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power more onboard electrical systems. (U.S. Army photo.) The Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm howitzer artillery cannon called the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), with the capability to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power up more onboard electrical systems. The new vehicle, slated to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) by 2013, features a 600-volt onboard power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available. “The PIM is the Army’s modernization program for the […]

USAASC Employees Support Charities Through Combined Federal Campaign

FORT BELVOIR, VA–The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) marks its 50th anniversary this year, and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) employees already are participating in the campaign’s golden anniversary, pledging donations to a cause of their choice from a list of nearly 4,000 charities. “Over the last 50 years, the CFC has raised nearly $7 billion to help combat disease, protect our planet, feed the hungry, and lift up individuals and communities at home and around the world,” wrote President Barack Obama in a message sent on September 13. Robert Coultas, USAASC’s CFC point of contact, said that each directorate at USAASC has a book listing the charities eligible for […]

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

By Dana Finney Master planners and energy managers can study select buildings’ energy loads using the Net Zero Energy Tool. Here, Vince Guthrie (from left), Fort Carson, CO Utilities Program Manager, Cambrey Torres, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer, and Hal Alguire, Director of Public Works, discuss the LEED features of Fort Carson’s Wilderness Road Complex. (U.S. Army photo by Susan C. Galentine, Fort Carson.) The first tool of an integrated virtual model to help installations meet the Army’s ambitious Net Zero goals provides engineering analysis for planners seeking to achieve Net Zero energy at the facilities level. The new tool, which debuted at the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, […]

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

By Dr. Clint Smith ERDC Research Biologist Dr. Clint Smith prepares the first six prototypes of AQUA PATH wireless geospatial networked biosensors for field testing and evaluation at Belmont Bay of the Potomac River in Woodbridge, VA in the summer of 2008. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) Water supply safety and quality for human use create major challenges for both our deployed forces and homeland security. Current operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and other worldwide locations need safe water supplies to ensure stability and security for local populations. Water for the warfighter in theater is a limited resource and can halt major military […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: October 2011

New Requirement for Federal Executive Institute and Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship Starting this fiscal year, any applicant for the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) or Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) must have either completed the Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or received equivalency or constructive credit before submitting an application. Applicants who apply for the 2011-12 DAU-SSCF program must have completed the CES Advanced course or an approved equivalent, or received constructive credit for it. Interested applicants should visit the Army Management Staff College website https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/help/CES_Course_Credit.asp. The DAU-SSCF announcement is open Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012. The FEI announcement is being […]

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

By Sara Leach The MPS-OHC with segmented beams undergoes bare-charge testing at ERDC’s Big Black Test Site in Vicksburg in July. The test involved a total of five shots placed at different locations on the upper roof layer. The structure and the newly designed beam connection performed well on all tests. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A series of recent demonstrations conducted by the Geotechnical and Structure Laboratory in the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers validated the protective performance of an overhead cover structure, built with no equipment, using ERDC’s Modular Protective System (MPS). The MPS is a rapidly […]

Tracking Data Through the Storm

Tracking Data Through the Storm

By Dr. Jesse McNinch and Kerry Larsen Researchers test the Coastal LIDAR and Radar Imaging System tracked vehicle at the ERDC Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is on the cutting edge of mobile mapping systems for coastal areas, using remote sensing to measure depths and land elevation, as well as waves and currents. Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Katie Brodie, researchers in the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), have designed the Coastal LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS). Using LIDAR technology coupled with radar, the pair has […]