Army Engineer Association Honors Two Geospatial Center Professionals

Army Engineer Association Honors Two Geospatial Center Professionals

Daniel Visone and Mike Hardaway recently received the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Association (AEA) in recognition of their superior leadership, selfless service, and career contributions to the U.S. Army, Army Geospatial Center (AGC), and the geospatial community. Visone is Chief of the AGC’s Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate and is responsible for the synchronization of Geospatial Enterprise policies, priorities, programs, production requirements, strategies, and technologies across the Army Acquisition community.  His directorate also ensures the efficient integration of geospatial information and services technologies in weapon systems acquisition. As Chief of the center’s Tactical Source Branch, Hardaway manages and executes end-to-end support of high-resolution geospatial […]

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

[author type="author"]Gary Sheftick, Army News Service[/author] A new application for smartphones allows Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting at the Washington (DC) Convention Center Oct. 10-12. The Army Exhibit Mobile App helps visitors find what they’re looking for at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, and allow those who can’t be there to take a virtual tour. The app also allows users to watch Secretary of the Army John McHugh, U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno, and other senior leaders discuss leading-edge issues facing the Army, such as advancing the network, cyber […]

BRAC Is Done: Two Ceremonies Recognize the Transformation of Aberdeen Proving Ground

BRAC Is Done:  Two Ceremonies Recognize the Transformation of Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, (APG) marked the formal completion of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process and acknowledged the transformation of the installation’s missions with two ceremonies on Sept. 15, the day BRAC law required completion of the required actions. APG highlighted its new “team” in a BRAC Completion Ceremony at the post’s Fanshaw Field. The event featured a symbolic flag ceremony that showcased the missions of the incoming organizations, as well as the legacy organizations that have built the installation’s reputation for successfully supporting Soldiers. Eleven organizations have arrived at APG as part of the BRAC process. After the ceremony, the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and […]

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] The mission to defeat one of the enemy’s number one threats—improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—recently received a big boost in terms of the knowledge and capabilities of those assigned to operate and maintain Counter-Radio-Controlled IED Warfare (CREW) devices. Designed to offer maintainers and operators more realistic training, the new CREW Maintenance University opened its doors to students this spring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The course is a five-day, intensive, hands-on program that provides Soldiers, civilians, and contractors who are responsible for CREW systems the opportunity to troubleshoot and actually handle  the multiple variations of fielded devices. The CREW Family of Systems, managed by Program Executive Office Intelligence, […]

S&T Notebook: Exploring Partnerships with Israel

S&T Notebook: Exploring Partnerships with Israel

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] With this article, Access AL&T is introducing 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. Earlier this month, I accompanied the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE), Ms. Heidi Shyu, on a visit to Israel, where we met with senior Israeli military officials. We received briefings on the country’s defense products and technologies that have potential application and significant interest to the U.S. Army and its acquisition programs. Among our stops was the Merkava Tank Program Management Office (MANTAK), where the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) manufactures both the Merkava […]

Agile Acquisition: Army Demonstrates New Business Model at Industry Day

Agile Acquisition: Army Demonstrates New Business Model at Industry Day

By Katie Cain To orient industry partners with the Army’s new agile acquisition process and how the Network Integrated Evaluation (NIE) supports it, the Army hosted an Industry Day Sept. 8 in El Paso, TX, and at White Sands Missile Range, NM, for defense contractors interested in participating in future NIEs. More than 150 representatives of 60 companies—both large defense corporations and small businesses—attended to learn more about the Army’s NIE test and evaluation process. The NIEs, semiannual evaluations designed to integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network, are a key element of the Army’s emerging Network Strategy. The full-day event familiarized industry partners with the NIE process, introduced the […]

Deadline Nears for 2011 Defense Logistics Awards

Deadline Nears for 2011 Defense Logistics Awards

Oct. 3 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Defense Logistics Awards. This is the eighth year the program, affiliated with the annual Defense Logistics conference, has recognized the accomplishments of DOD logistics teams. This year, there are six categories of award:  Best Logistics Strategy: A Specific Project or Military-Contractor Partnership Achieving Logistics Excellence. Best PBL [Performance-Based Logistics] Implementation. Best Technology Implementation. Military-Military Collaboration of the Year: Rewarding the Joint Effort. Beyond the Call of Duty: Logistician of the Year. 2011 Logistician Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2010 field was competitive. “Each year, this program gets greater and greater recognition,” said Amol Tembe, Defense Logistics Awards Program Director. “It […]

Geospatial Center Launches New Version of Common Map Background

Geospatial Center Launches New Version of Common Map Background

The U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) has launched a faster, feature-rich version of Common Map Background (CMB) Online. CMB Online is a geospatial data discovery and ordering program that allows customers to search, download, and order geospatial data using a simple, Web-based “shopping cart” interface. A Common Access Card is required to access the data from the AGC’s public key interface web site at https://agcwfs.agc.army.mil/CMB_Online/default.aspx. “The latest version of CMB Online performs faster than the previous iteration and offers several new features to users, including additional easy-to-change map bases, a scale display, and a coordinate display via latitude/longitude decimal degrees and/or Military Grid Reference System,” said Bob Molnar, AGC Information […]

DACM Corner: Selecting and Developing Acquisition Officers and NCOs

DACM Corner: Selecting and Developing Acquisition Officers and NCOs

[author type="author"]LTG William N. Phillips[/author] As we continue to build a world-class Acquisition Workforce with military and civilian professionals, we are faced with two equally important requirements: accessing the right skill sets to do the job and advancing career opportunities for the people who work diligently to execute the AL&T mission. All while staying focused on our vital mission to support Soldiers by getting the resources they need into their hands as quickly as possible, a mission in which we cannot fail. This vital mission is not possible without a robust, highly skilled, and professional AL&T Workforce that includes Acquisition Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Army Civilian members. The challenge is […]

Army Chief Scientist to Make Regular Contributions to USAASC Publications

Army Chief Scientist to Make Regular Contributions to USAASC Publications

Dr. Scott Fish was named the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army last October. He previously served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin. As Chief Scientist, he is submitting regular contributions to Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T. This is his introductory submission. Hello members of the acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) community. My name is Dr. Scott Fish, and I have the great honor of serving as the Chief Scientist of the Army. In this role, I provide assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Army mission for our Senior Leaders. This can include […]