Honoring a Legacy

Honoring a Legacy

This year’s winners of the Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing showcase the talent and ­creativity that are the hallmarks of the acquisition community to which MG Greene made considerable and lasting contributions by the Honorable Heidi Shyu Through the Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing, we remember a leader who left an indelible mark on us all. Over the course of a 34-year career, Harry brought a unique blend of technical expertise, business acumen and decisive leadership to the Army. I could always count on him to make decisions and tackle problems with sound logic and a clear perspective on what […]

The ABCs of COE

The ABCs of COE

By Claire Heininger ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 11, 2016) – Own a smartphone that syncs with your tablet? That consistent look and feel—and smooth exchange of information—is finally arriving for Soldiers. As the Army’s Common Operating Environment (COE) progresses from development to the field, it is bringing dramatic changes to the user experience. The COE is not a system or an acquisition program of record. Think of it as a new playbook for how Army IT products are built and deployed. The COE provides standards to unite existing programs and new technologies on a common software foundation, simplifying development, integration, training and sustainment. But what does the COE consist […]

CERDEC will hold two-day TIM with industry

CERDEC will hold two-day TIM with industry

By CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 5, 2016) – The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center will hold a two-day technical interchange meeting, or TIM, with industry to identify and align mutually beneficial R&D investments here, March 31 – April 1. The CERDEC TIM is an opportunity for industry to learn about CERDEC’s core mission, research and development plans and strategies. According to the FedBizOps announcement, released Jan. 4, the intent of the sessions will be to enhance government-and-industry communication and enable industry to quickly respond to emerging requirements with innovative technology solutions and partnerships. The CERDEC TIM will provide details that will assist attendees […]

Four steps to successful FMS

Four steps to successful FMS

Selling military equipment to allied nations has many benefits—boosting our allies’ capabilities and thereby strengthening U.S. posture; facilitating military cooperation—but it’s a sensitive process that requires careful planning. PM CAS shares its four-step process to successfully handling FMS. By Mr. Peter Burke and Mr. Ted Hom Foreign military sales (FMS) require a tremendous amount of planning, preparation and sensitivity to the customer’s culture, values and needs. But most of all, they require solid communication among all stakeholders. It is easy to identify these tenets, but to execute them is certainly a challenge. The challenge is worth it, though, because FMS build strategic relations, and result in an improved U.S. defense […]

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

Faces of the Force: Ralph Kaminski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground TITLE: Lead contract specialist DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 EDUCATION: B.A. in business, Excelsior College Air Force background yields soft landing in Army acquisition By Susan L. Follett Ralph Kaminski is leveraging the skills he acquired during a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force to ensure that Soldiers have the test and assessment services to support developmental and operational testing of weapon systems and other programs. Kaminski’s transition from one service to the other was relatively seamless, he said. His work for the Air Force included supporting local purchase requirements, developing […]

Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

Army contracting specialists, systems engineers contribute to network upgrades

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Dec. 22, 2015) – The Army is fielding upgrades for its at-the-halt tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T Inc 1), that will increase capability while reducing equipment by a third for a more mobile expeditionary force. In support of the effort, Army contracting specialists serve as the middlemen between the program office that procures the new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and services and the industry contractors who supply it. “Technology changes by the minute, and it’s very important to keep up with that technology to ensure that our Soldiers in theater have the very best that we […]

Tested by austerity

Tested by austerity

Forced by budget constraints to reduce costs, ATEC is applying a comprehensive strategy across developmental and operational testing, incorporating Soldier participation and feedback early in the process for better data. By Col. Stephen Lutsky, Ms. Alicia Thomas and Mr. Michael Dillen Just as the equipment of yesterday will not meet the needs of tomorrow, nor will the traditional way of conducting the test and evaluation (T&E) mission. As the Army continues to focus on modernization and postures to meet the needs of Force 2025, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the Army’s independent T&E component, must be ready to test and evaluate the systems that will provide America’s […]

Ground Truth: Addressing Cybersecurity through Army Lessons Learned

Ground Truth: Addressing Cybersecurity through Army Lessons Learned

By Janet O’May The Army acquisition process not only oversees the development or purchase of new systems but is responsible for the entire life cycle. Acquisition policies pertain to development, purchase, fielding, sustainment and disposal. Similarly, the responsibility for cybersecurity is also required throughout a system’s life cycle. Cyber risk management policies and procedures must be in place throughout all phases to ensure the safety of our warfighters as they employ systems that are increasingly reliant on communications and networks. The Army Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal (ALLP) is a resource for members of the acquisition community to share lessons and best practices. The following are lessons from the ALLP that […]

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

Contracting NCOs complete Contracting Pre-command Course

By Army Contracting Command Public Affairs Staff For the first time in course history, sergeants major and command sergeants major attended the Army Contracting Pre-Command Course. Six Army Contracting Command senior non-commissioned officers were the first enlisted Soldiers to complete the two-week course conducted this fall at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. “In cooperation with ACC, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and Army Acquisition Center of Excellence collaboratively decided to offer the Contracting Pre-Command Course to our sergeants major,” explained Lt. Col. Jonathan W. Spurlock, course director. “This mandatory, branch-specific course is designed to fill the needs of lieutenant colonels, colonels and Army civilians who have been designated […]

MRAP Road Map

MRAP Road Map

During the last decade of conflict, MRAPs rolled out of forward operating bases in Diyala and Ghazni and patrolled the streets of Kabul and Baghdad. MRAPs saved lives, protecting coalition troops from IEDs and rocket fire. DOD spent billions on them. Now, the MRAP fleet represents a valuable investment the acquisition community must maintain for the next contingency. To modernize MRAPs in today’s fiscally constrained environment will require innovation. Here, TRADOC’s Maneuver Center of Excellence proposes a strategy. By Mr. Robert “Bob” Thomas, Mr. Thomas Stafford and Mr. Harry Jackson The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) capability is not an anomaly limited to the past decade of unconventional war, but probably will […]