Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

By Sgt. Devon Bistarkey (PEO C3T) JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army’s predominate friendly-force tracking tool known as Blue Force Tracker (BFT), used by nearly every ground and aviation vehicle across the fleet, could soon be part of a satellite channel sharing initiative. Currently, BFT-1 and BFT-2 systems utilize unique satellite channels to send and receive Position Location Information (PLI) and Command and Control (C2) data which allows commanders to visualize assets within the operational sphere. While this is operationally effective, it comes with significant costs. Validation from single beam testing offers a forward-thinking solution. On Jan 27, the Army conducted a channel sharing aviation mobility operational test at […]

DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

DLA launches new website used to identify companies doing business with U.S. government

By Sara Moore, Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Defense Logistics Agency launched a newly consolidated website Feb. 26 used to find and request Commercial and Government Entity codes, the five-digit identifiers required for all commercial companies that wish to do business with the U.S. government. The “CAGE Public” website, https://cage.dla.mil, provides a unified solution for searching CAGE codes, requesting a new or updating an existing code, and finding required forms, news, training and frequently asked questions. The new website also includes CAGE Search and Inquiry, dubbed CSI, which replaces the Business Identification Number Cross-Referencing System website. This represents a big shift from the past, when […]

Strength in (small) numbers

Strength in (small) numbers

The high-tech Army is creating opportunities as small businesses play an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network, and sensible use of the SBIR program is a strong reason why. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s no secret that big business dominates the battlefield. Yet, as the Army turns its focus to an agile force, able to deploy on short notice to locations anywhere in the world—all while staying connected with uninterrupted mission command and situational awareness—small businesses are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network. They may not be as big as some of today’s industry giants, but in an ever-evolving high-tech Army, […]

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Feb. 25, 2016) — Even with today’s advanced military networked communications systems, the simple ability to make voice calls or track logistics forces while operating in the vast Pacific Theater is challenging. Recently, Soldiers onboard an Army Logistics Supply Vessel (LSV) in Hawaii took a leap forward when they used equipment that enabled seamless communication with land units 200 miles away — enabling the transfer of data, images and clear voice communications. Working in collaboration, the Army and Navy demonstrated, Feb. 18, at Fort Shafter, how an integrated suite of network technology can effectively provide communications for Joint users throughout the Pacific Theater. Using the Army’s Manpack […]

USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

USAASC announces Army Reserve MOS 51C reclassification panel results

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Three candidates from the Army Reserve were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) virtual reclassification panel held on Jan. 11-14, 2016. The panel was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the Reserve Component Proponent Office. The number of selected applicants varies across each panel and is dependent upon the accession needs of the Army at the time. The selection rate for this panel was 33 percent. “The Army Reserve is committed to ensuring that we have the best candidates for our contracting community to deploy globally,” said Lt. […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

by Michael Clow (ASA (ALT)) WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 22, 2016) — Leaders from the Joint Project Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO JLTV) celebrated receiving DOD’s David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence for 2015 during a Pentagon ceremony last week–the team’s second such award in just three years. The JLTV program is an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps to replace a portion of each service’s light tactical vehicle fleets. The new truck will close existing capability gaps caused by an imbalance of payload, performance and protection, while giving Soldiers and Marines enhanced protection and improved maneuverability, transportability, maintainability and connectivity to 21st-century battlefield networks. “I am […]

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

by Vanessa Flores FORT BLISS, Texas (February 18, 2016) — As the next generation of vehicles are being built to facilitate Army modernization, the next generation of future engineers are setting the foundation for their potential career paths. El Paso high school students have been visiting the System of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate’s Integration Motor Pool (IMP) at Fort Bliss, Texas during preparation for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 exercise this spring. The Capability Package Directorate, which provides engineering and systems integration support for the Army’s semi-annual NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment events, is now building the network and integrating equipment for the Soldier-led […]

CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

CECOM Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

by Mr. Gregory Mahall Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland (Feb. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), welcomed its new Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Matthew D. McCoy to APG in a Change of Responsibility ceremony here today. McCoy arrives from his most recent assignment as the Garrison CSM for the United States Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea. He replaces outgoing CSM William G. Bruns, who was recently assigned as the new CSM for U.S. Army Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), currently based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. McCoy was officially installed into his new role by CECOM Commanding General and APG […]

Engineering Connections

Engineering Connections

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers five lessons learned for building relationships with and between small businesses. by Ms. Crystal E. Teed At its core, running a successful small business program for a federal agency is about connecting people and business organizations that want to do business with each other. It makes sense for the government to contract with responsible small businesses. According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the top predictors of a person’s ability to run a successful small business are four personality traits: work drive, emotional resilience, social networking and goal-setting. Each of those traits is conducive […]

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

By Emily Tsambiras, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Office of Command Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The most efficient solution to a business problem isn’t always the most cost- effective. But when it comes to storage and distribution, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution has discovered that performance-based logistics (PBL) provides the best value for the agency, its customers and its vendors. PBL relies on commercial industry to support and sustain materiel readiness, and focuses on outcomes rather than individual transactions. PBL contracts can motivate manufacturers to produce premium-quality products, saving customers money by reducing the number of necessary repairs, which also decreases parts and labor expenses, said Joe Faris, director of […]