The Director, Acquisition Career Management Award Call for Nominations Closes June 21

The Director, Acquisition Career Management Award Call for Nominations Closes June 21

The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Award Call for Nominations closes Tuesday, June 21, 2011. This award recognizes an acquisition workforce member who has demonstrated exemplary performance and has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps over the course of his or her career as a federal government employee or serving in the military. Nominees may work at any level, organization, or capacity within the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. All Army AL&T Workforce military (including Reserve Component Soldiers) and civilian employees are eligible for award nomination. The nominee’s career should span a minimum of 20 years of federal government or military service. The winners […]

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

A patent was recently granted for a process to safely train Soldiers in how to operate a variety of robots used in Iraq and Afghanistan to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Robotic Vehicle Trainer is a realistic video game that simulates combat environments using the same controls as actual robots used in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The design was the brainchild of Dr. Bernard Reger, Chief of the Combat Support and Munitions Systems Branch of the Armament Software Engineering Center. within the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC). Reger received the patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 28 (No. 7,860,614). The patent […]

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Conference Draws Small Businesses Looking for Big Contracts

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Conference Draws Small Businesses Looking for Big Contracts

[author type="author"]Jill Lauterborn[/author] Business isn’t for the fainthearted. Consider the small business owner, who must shepherd a company through the entrepreneurial days of sweat equity to build a brand and experience sustainable growth. Challenges are myriad, and the turbulent economy requires an extra measure of resilience. Networking is critical for those seeking an edge. It’s no surprise, then, that 220 attendees and 40 exhibitors joined the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) for its Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry and Small Business Conference in Hagerstown, MD, eager to learn of opportunities and meet subcommand leaders. Their hope was to turn a stack of business cards into profitable contracts. […]

Picatinny and New Jersey Institute of Technology Develop Color-Changing Paints to Enhance Soldier Safety

Picatinny and New Jersey Institute of Technology Develop Color-Changing Paints to Enhance Soldier Safety

[author type="author"]Tracy Robillard[/author] Red. Blue. Green. These aren’t just colors; they are indicators that show potential to enhance the safety of U.S. warfighters. Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, are working on a new paint formula that will tell Soldiers if their ammunition is safe to use, based on looking at the color. These thermal-indicating paints use thermochromic polymers to detect temperature ranges to which ammunition was exposed during transport or storage. A common example of a thermochromic object is a mood ring, which changes color in response to the wearer’s body temperature. The thermochromic element changes the wavelength of light when it is exposed to different temperatures. The same basic […]

Army Contracting Command Announces Annual Award Winners

Army Contracting Command Announces Annual Award Winners

The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) has selected 24 individuals and six teams as recipients of this year’s ACC annual contracting awards. Jeffrey P. Parsons, ACC Executive Director, presented the awards at a formal ceremony May 17 in Huntsville, AL. “It’s an honor for me to recognize the recipients for their hard work and dedication,” Parsons said. “These contracting professionals exemplify the best of this command and are the type of individuals others can aspire to become.” The awards are presented for excellence in acquisition, contracting, and small business. Those selected were recognized for their outstanding achievements between Oct. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2010. A panel of representatives from […]

Army Demonstrating Wideband Waveforms

Army Demonstrating Wideband Waveforms

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Army is planning to demonstrate the ability of wideband waveforms such as Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) to move voice, video, data, and images faster, farther, and more efficiently than legacy waveforms across the battlefield through ad hoc mobile networking, service officials said. “The nonproprietary waveforms SRW and WNW will provide the backbone of terrestrial connectivity for several units conducting operations during the Network Integration Evaluation this summer at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The waveforms will have to operate over variable desert and mountainous terrain and perform during diverse mission scenarios requiring mobile ad hoc connectivity,” said Paul Mehney, spokesman for […]

Next-Generation Blue Force Tracking System to be Featured in Army Exercise

Next-Generation Blue Force Tracking System to be Featured in Army Exercise

[author type="author"]Claire Heininger[/author] The latest version of the Army’s friendly force tracking and messaging software will get a key tryout with Soldiers as part of the unprecedented combined test and evaluation at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, this month. Among the six programs of record undergoing limited user testing (LUT) is the new version of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below/Blue Force Tracking (FBCB2/BFT), called Joint Capabilities Release (JCR). The new version is faster, more versatile, and better connected to the Marine Corps. “It is not only easier to navigate, but it is a lot faster,” said SSG Tony B. Sosa, a Military Intelligence System Maintainer/Integrator with […]

Army to Kick off Series of Integration Exercises for Tactical Network

Army to Kick off Series of Integration Exercises for Tactical Network

[author type="author"]Claire Heininger[/author] The Army will soon usher in a new approach to testing and delivering networked capabilities, with a six-week event that puts promising new technologies in Soldiers’ hands. With the network deemed the service’s top modernization priority, the spotlight will be on Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM, as units from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division test-drive several Programs of Record (PORs) and more than two dozen systems from commercial-off-the-shelf suppliers and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The June-July event, known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), is the first of four events leading up to a fully integrated Brigade Combat Team Network […]

Dr. O’Neill Wins Rice University Alumni Award

Dr. O’Neill Wins Rice University Alumni Award

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] Dr. Malcolm Ross O’Neill, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) and Army Acquisition Executive (AAE), received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University in Houston, TX, May 14 for his outstanding professional accomplishments since receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the school in 1975. “Rice is my favorite academic institution. They were very nice to me when I was a young Soldier and I had been asked to attend graduate school,” O’Neill said upon learning of his award. “My professors treated me with respect and dignity. They treated me like they cared what I thought.” O’Neill, who attended Rice to do graduate […]

Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

Preparations Underway for Large-Scale Army Network Evaluation

[author type="author"]Katie Cain[/author] As preparations for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) kick into high gear, Soldiers, engineers, combat developers, and test officials are joining forces at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM, to provide full-time support to what will be the Army’s largest, most robust network test and evaluation effort to date. The 3,800-plus Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) who are executing the six-week test and evaluation make up the first full brigade the Army has used in its test and evaluation process. The unit has spent the past several months preparing for the NIE in both field […]