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

By LTG William N. Phillips 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 […]

White Paper Lays Out Modernization Path Forward

White Paper Lays Out Modernization Path Forward

The Affordable and Integrated Army Equipment Modernization White Paper describes how the Army will provide relevant capabilities for today’s operations and develop capabilities for the future at best value, given available resources. As an end state, the Army must develop, field, and sustain the right equipment in an incremental and iterative manner to ensure that Soldiers and units have the capabilities they need to achieve success across the full range of military operations today and into the future. The Army must change the way it develops and delivers capabilities. This change in approach is necessary to provide the flexibility needed in a rapidly changing operational environment, by embracing ideas that […]

The Army Modernization Plan 2012

The Army Modernization Plan 2012

The Army’s modernization plan establishes a blueprint to develop and field a versatile and affordable mix of equipment that will allow Soldiers and units to succeed in full-spectrum operations today and to maintain their decisive advantage over any enemy. The Army has evaluated its modernization program portfolios, set priorities within them, and continually improves its acquisition program. In improving the programs and processes, the Army has four major lines of effort: Develop and acquire new capabilities to meet capability gaps through traditional and rapid acquisition processes. Sustain existing equipment to extend its useful life. Procure unique equipment for immediate capability needs. Field and distribute capabilities in accordance with Army priorities […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011

Update on FY12 Contracting Certification Changes The Army Deputy Director of Acquisition Career Management is seeking a reprieve to the Defense Acquisition University contracting curriculum changes, scheduled to go in effect October 1. The following alternative plans are under consideration:  extensions that would allow workforce members to complete their certification training under the current FY11 Contracting Certification requirements; an extended grace period to meet experience requirements; and permission for those to complete training already in progress. More up-to-date information will be provided once the vetting process is concluded. Defense Acquisition University Updates Registration is open for FY12 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses. Students should continue to apply through the Army Training […]

Army, Industry, International Partners Make Headway Against Leishmaniasis

Army, Industry, International Partners Make Headway Against Leishmaniasis

[author type="author"]Carey Phillips[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USMRMC) marked a major advance against the disease cutaneous leishmaniasis when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of a new diagnostic test developed by a partnership of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), and the molecular diagnostics company Cepheid USA Inc. On the treatment front, USAMMDA continues to work with the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health and the Institute Pasteur of Tunis to develop the Paromomycin/Gentamicin Topical Cream for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Because there is no topical treatment approved by the FDA, U.S. […]

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

Acquisition Employees Graduate from Excellence in Government Fellows Program

WASHINGTON–Nineteen members of the acquisition workforce were among 263 federal employees, spanning 23 government agencies, that graduated from the Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF) program at a graduation luncheon held in their honor at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Aug 18. The EIGF program is a year-long leadership development program designed to build and enhance the skills of government employees to help them increase their effectiveness in their positions and to work toward becoming an executive. The program is organized by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to help revitalize the federal government. “Over the course of a year, what we try to […]