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 […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update

Upcoming Training Opportunities The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement is open from July 12 through Aug. 26. The EIGF is a leadership program conducted by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC. The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The program offers hands-on leadership development for project managers and acquisition professionals. Click on http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/eigf/default.cfm for more on EIGF. The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open July 15 through Aug. 31. ATAP is for civilian Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce members who wish to […]

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce

[author type="author"]LTG William N. Phillips[/author] No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot about efficiencies and budget restraint, and about “doing more without more.” But you may not know that a few years before, they were a key topic of discussion in Washington in particular and among some senior leaders in DOD acquisition. The Army was well on its way to implementing a program that not only increases efficiencies, but also continues to ensure that the needs of our warfighters on the battlefield are met, and that we will have a viable and effective acquisition workforce into the future. Section 852 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY08 directed the […]

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

Watervliet Arsenal Makes Room for Better Capabilities

[author type="author"]John Snyder[/author] As our country struggles with a worldwide recession, a large-caliber weapon manufacturing facility on a small parcel of land in upstate New York is dealing with its own challenges to survive. The economic survival of the nearly 200-year-old U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY, hinges on its continuing to do what has made America great—manufacturing high-quality products that last. Nevertheless, the decline of manufacturing in the United States has been well documented. In recent testimony before Congress, Scott N. Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said that well over 5 million American manufacturing jobs have been eliminated since 2000, and more than 50,000 […]