New DASA for Procurement Announced

New DASA for Procurement Announced

The Hon. Heidi Shyu assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology announced on June 14, that Harry P. Hallock, executive director of the Army Contracting Command (AAC)-Warren, Mich., will be the next the next deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) (procurement), effective July 15. “Mr. Harry Hallock has more than 20 years of acquisition, logistics and contracting experience, most of which has been in direct support of our war fighters. His leadership and contracting expertise will make him an invaluable asset to our team,” said Shyu. Hallock leaves his position as the executive director of the Army Contracting Command-Warren, Mich., after six years at the helm. […]

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

By Chris Mewett   Members of the security cooperation (SC) community gathered in Arlington, Va., last month to share ideas about how their organizations can continue to provide effective support to both international partners and national strategic objectives in a time of austerity and change. The 2013 Security Cooperation Workshop, hosted by the Office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation (DASA (DE&C)), brought together people from across the Departments of State and Defense – from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the military departments, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and other […]

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

By Michael A. Wilson and Michael J. Glenn   Embracing the Army agile process, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) Project Office’s Sentinel Product Office (SPO), went from early planning, to prototype and then qualification testing of a new Enhanced Sentinel Radar in just over 12 months. Sentinel will showcase this latest evolution enhancing force protection and Soldier survivability in a roll-out of the AN/MPQ 64A3 Enhanced Sentinel Radar first production unit on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in October at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. (LEAD). Sentinel is the only 360-degree coverage air defense radar in the Army’s current inventory and features a 3 DX Band phased array […]

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Faces of the Force:     POSITION: Logistics Management Specialist UNIT: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2011 AWARDS: Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, The University of Alabama; B.S. Management Information Systems, Auburn University; M.S. Logistics Management, Florida Institute of Technology   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: Working “above your pay grade”? For Carrie Caldwell Clinard, that phrase quickly became a reality three years into her Army Civilian career when she deployed to Iraq. When she arrived in Iraq, instead of the job she thought she was going […]

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

By Ray K. Ragan   FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG) recently started work with an academic partner at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) in Arizona to assist USAEPG in its mission to test the Army’s networks. “We [USAEPG] wanted to team up with someone in the academic world and take advantage of the latest research and see if we could apply that to our mission,” said Pat Kerr, a computer scientist at USAEPG. The Fort Huachuca-headquartered USAEPG found a willing partner in ASU’s SDSI, who was looking for just this sort of partnership, to bring academic knowledge and research […]

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

By Lt. Col. Keith Taylor   One of the things that makes the Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) so valuable is that the Soldiers judging equipment are not part of a so-called “test unit,” but an operational brigade combat team, but that’s also one of the things that makes the NIEs so difficult. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) still has all of the responsibilities of a typical BCT: arms proficiency, physical training tests, developing the junior enlisted into noncommissioned officers and carrying out all of their standard training. At the same time, the Army requires them to learn and evaluate dozens of sophisticated communications systems, […]

Army wins top award for innovation

Army wins top award for innovation

By Claire Heininger   ARLINGTON, Va. (April 30, 2013) — The U.S. Army has been named one of the world’s most innovative research organizations, after earning more than 300 patents for new technologies in a three-year period. The Army joins the ranks of private companies such as 3M, Apple, AT&T, Dow Chemical, DuPont and General Electric as one of the 2012 Top100 Global Innovators named by Thomson Reuters, the multimedia and information conglomerate. The U.S. Navy was also named, making the two service branches the first government agencies to make the list. “This recognition is shared with the members of our Army Science and Technology community who perform research relevant […]

Army acquisition executive visits contracting students

Army acquisition executive visits contracting students

By Skip Vaughn   The Army acquisition executive looked out over the classroom of contracting student Soldiers and told them how valuable they are. “Thank you for what you guys do every single day,” Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said. “You guys are the future of our acquisition work force.” Shyu visited the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence on April 3 at its building on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The center is under the Acquisition Support Center, out of Fort Belvoir, Va.; and its classes fall under the Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Va. The 47 students, most of whom are military, represent […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

Tara Clements   Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 18, 2013) – The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) convened a 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board, administered by the 51C Proponent Office, Feb. 26-27, 2013 at Fort Belvoir, Va. “This was a very competitive board and we received the largest number of applications than ever before,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Maneri, FA 51C Proponent Officer. “The selection rate was only 28 percent,” he said. Out of 182 candidates, 44 were selected for reclassification. The purpose of the board was to ensure the best qualified NCOs from across the Army were selected for reclassification into military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C, an Acquisition, […]

Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas — The Army is preparing to deploy the first Security Forces Advise and Assist Team to Afghanistan equipped with the latest suite of integrated network communications gear, but first the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), must train on the new equipment and learn how it will aid in the advise and assist mission. To get the brigade’s Soldiers quickly trained and ready for the deployment, the Army has integrated some of the network capability into a familiar vehicle platform. The Humvees rolling off the line here — more than 330 over the course of four months […]