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 […]

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

[author type="author"]LTC Jason Richardson, Dr. Michael Turell, and CPT Elizabeth Wanja[/author] Rift Valley fever death toll on the rise (Pretoria News, May 7, 2010)  Economic losses from Rift Valley fever greater than previous documented (ILRI Clippings, Oct. 10, 2010) Epidemiologists now have a tool that might make such tragic headlines a thing of the past. The Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and VecTOR Test Systems Inc. have developed a diagnostic device that can detect the presence of the Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus in mosquitoes, thus alerting deploying troops to its presence and enabling public health officials to prevent or […]

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

New Military Medical Research Focuses on Saving Warfighters’ Sight

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] Today’s warfighters face numerous threats to their vision, from blasts to chemical, biohazard, laser, and environmental exposure. According to the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, traumatic eye injuries from penetrating wounds and visual disorders related to brain injury together rank as the second most common injury among active-duty military personnel. Compounding the problem, eye-injured Soldiers have only a 20 percent return-to-duty rate, compared with 80 percent for other battle trauma injuries. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is funding research projects as a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to preventing and treating vision disorders. It is collaborating […]

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

PD ALTESS Achieves Multiple Honors, Sets Precedent for Acquisition IT

[author type="author"]Scott Friend and Charles Smith[/author] Project Director Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Enterprise Systems & Services (PD ALTESS), part of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, received three national honors.  The Radford, VA-based ALTESS, a provider of information technology (IT) systems, services, and security for the Army’s acquisition domain, learned in February that it would receive a Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Project Management Award. Less than a week later, ALTESS’ Service Level Management Branch Chief, Debbie Jenkins, was selected as Pink Elephant Inc.’s Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Practitioner of the Year. Then, in March, ALTESS was named runner-up for Excellence.gov’s Going Green Award. ALTESS’ 2011 awards reflect […]

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

A large, white radome dominates the high ground at Tobyhanna Army Depot in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It symbolizes the growing number of radars and sensors, including air defense, air traffic control, ground surveillance, airborne, shipborne, range threat systems, and critical counterfire systems, which Tobyhanna personnel maintain and support for the U.S. Army, Air Force,  Marine Corps, and Navy. “Tobyhanna has been repairing and testing radars since the 1960s,” said COL Charles Gibson, commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, “so we have extensive capability and experience in this critical commodity.” Facilities, experience, and personnel make Tobyhanna DOD’s one-stop-shop for radar sustainment, engineering, redesign, and environmental testing. Tobyhanna has flexible and […]