DACM Corner: Selecting, Mentoring, and Developing Interns

DACM Corner: Selecting, Mentoring, and Developing Interns

As I look around at my fellow professionals in the Army acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) community, I see a dedicated, seasoned workforce—and I wonder, who will take the place of these experienced professionals when they decide to retire? This is something that leadership throughout AL&T should be thinking about: Where do we find the best and the brightest young people to bring into government service, and how do we help them develop into future AL&T leaders? Fortunately, we have some very successful internship programs to guide us. Experience has shown us that, despite the advantages that private industry may have over government in hiring, many talented college graduates want […]

USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition

USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition

FORT BELVOIR, VA—Army Acquisition Workforce career counseling sessions will be available during this year’s Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. The sessions will be held in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) booth, part of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) exhibit. The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The ASAALT exhibit number is 6328 and is located on Level 2 of the convention hall. Career counseling is available to military and civilian members of the Acquisition Workforce or those interested in joining the Workforce. Among those offering career counseling advice is LTC […]

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

By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service 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

By Brandon Pollachek 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

By Dr. Scott Fish 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 […]