Common Operating Environment assists Army modernization

Common Operating Environment assists Army modernization

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – As the Army matures its Agile Process, steps are being taken to align systems engineering and integration in an effort to project and synchronize trends in technology and standards across Army programs now and in the future. An outcome of this alignment is that the system of systems engineering community is now shaping the Army’s network infrastructure to be more capable and efficient, enabling industry to build devices and applications to standards and align research and development with the Army’s acquisition roadmap. To support this effort, the Army acquisition community is implementing the Common Operating Environment (COE). The COE is an approved set of computing […]

Award winning Army SES, international expert, moves to OSD

Award winning Army SES, international expert, moves to OSD

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – Award-winning former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation, Mr. Keith B. Webster, will build upon his many successes as he transitions to a new role with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Webster, who now serves as Director, International Cooperation, OSD, is in charge of managing a host of key issues for Mr. Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Issues within his purview include international partnerships with key global allies, significant acquisition and technology-related matters affecting U.S. global military development and coordination with OSD policy personnel. “Inside Mr. Kendall’s portfolio of AT&L […]

Army advances Better Buying Power

Army advances Better Buying Power

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has achieved significant cost savings and cost avoidance as result of its implementation of Better Buying Power (BBP), an initiative led by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at improving the management of acquisition programs, incentivizing competition, eliminating redundancy, and achieving the maximum amount of savings, senior service officials explained. In place since 2010, BBP is also geared toward incentivizing innovation and productivity while improving the capabilities of the acquisition workforce and strengthening the tradecraft of acquisition services, among other things. “Better Buying Power has produced large savings. We’re continuously looking to optimize the use of the Army’s money,” said […]

Army Ground Combat Vehicle acquisition strategy revised

Army Ground Combat Vehicle acquisition strategy revised

Todd Lopez   WASHINGTON — The Ground Combat Vehicle, or GCV, acquisition strategy was modified, Jan. 17, to further reduce risk and maintain an affordable program. The decision by the Department of Defense extends the current technology development phase of the program by six months to allow industry greater time to refine vehicle designs. These efforts will support a full and open competition at milestone B in 2014, the next major decision point in the program. The revised strategy calls for selection of a single vendor for the engineering and manufacturing development and production phases of the program. The six month extension to the technology development phase will provide contractors […]

USAASC Employees Donate $15,000 to Charity

USAASC Employees Donate $15,000 to Charity

Sue Follett   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The employees of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) outdid themselves in generosity this year, contributing more than $15,000 to the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and far exceeding fundraising projections. USAASC employees donated $15,830 to the CFC, the only authorized charitable-giving drive for federal employees. That total surpasses this year’s goal of $9,146 as well as last year’s donations of $12,826. Keith Butler served as USAASC’s CFC campaign manager. “I’m very proud of the support our community has shown to the CFC,” he said. “We kicked off our fundraising effort in October with a four-part campaign, and had a steady level […]

JCRX-13 expected to draw more than 200 contracting professionals

JCRX-13 expected to draw more than 200 contracting professionals

ACC public affairs   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Contracting professionals will begin to converge onto Fort Bliss, Texas, starting Jan. 15 to participate in what military officials are calling the premiere Department of Defense contracting readiness exercise. For the fourth consecutive year, the Army Contracting Command is conducting a contracting readiness exercise for military and civilian personnel. Formerly called Joint Dawn, the Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise or JCRX-13 will be conducted at Fort Bliss Jan. 15-31. “We’re expanding the scope of this year’s training,” said Col. Timothy Strange, commander, 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “Participants can look forward to working on more than 100 […]

ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

Edward G Worley   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.–In an effort to streamline command and control of its military contracting Soldiers, the Army Contracting Command is attaching portions of its Expeditionary Contracting Command forces to several of ACC’s stateside organizations. The action reduces the ECC span of control from the day-to-day oversight of Soldiers executing their stateside contracting mission, allowing the ECC commander to focus on overseas installation and contingency support, explained Lt. Col. Kevin Nash, ACC Integration project officer. It also gives the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and ACC contracting centers direct supervision of Soldiers supporting stateside operations within their organizations, he said. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding […]

Automated chemistry system enhances lab results

Automated chemistry system enhances lab results

Bernard S. Little   BETHESDA, Md. — To better serve Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) beneficiaries, staff members of the Department of Pathology have started using a fully automated chemistry system in its lab. Army Capt. Karen Thomas, who was instrumental in acquiring the new multi-million dollar system and bringing it online at WRNMMC, explained it will further ensure an efficient workflow and reduce turnaround times for STAT (Short turn-around time) and routine work requiring a high rate of production. “The College of American Pathologists (CAP), considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance by lab professionals, recently inspected the WRNMMC lab, including the automated Chemistry Section. Even though […]

Army medical advancements highlighted in industry journal

Army medical advancements highlighted in industry journal

Steven Galvan   SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) has announced the release of a capstone publication in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery that summarizes key medical advances from the U.S. military’s war-time experience over the last 10 years. The publication, which is comprised of three articles, describes military medical revolutions in three key areas of military trauma medicine: pre-hospital care, deployed hospital care, and trauma systems and restorative medicine. As a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md., the ISR strives to be the nation’s premier joint research organization planning and executing […]

Future looks bright for Redstone Test Center

Future looks bright for Redstone Test Center

Ashley Crick   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The Redstone Test Center celebrated a successful 2012 with new capabilities, facilities, and a committed work force. In 2012, the center improved its test capabilities by adding more than $13 million in new and modified facilities. These include a new Climatic Multi-Chamber Test Facility, an aviation parts storage facility, an aircraft parking area, a reconstruction of the Tactical Test Facility, entry control point facility, a transient test facility and an aircraft towpath just to name a few. Additionally, the center worked with the Garrison Department of Public Works by inspecting more than 300 RTC-managed facilities and participated in two Garrison Area Development Plans […]