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 […]

OSBP TAKIN’ CARE OF SMALL BUSINESS

OSBP TAKIN’ CARE OF SMALL BUSINESS

Small business owners and representatives take advantage of face-to-face discussions with Army buyer commands and OSBP small business specialists on how to do business with Army. By Robert E. Coultas The Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) launched its first-ever business matchmaking sessions during a small business seminar conducted at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting Oct. 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Business matchmaking is the nation’s premier public-private initiative supporting procurement opportunities for small businesses in every industry, including those hoping to do commerce with the Army—which can be a daunting trip into the sphere of the unknown for small businesses dealing with the Army for […]

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

Faces of the Force: Kevin Vo

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems, Program Executive Office for Ammunition TITLE: Senior program analysis officer DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III, business, cost estimating and financial management; Level III, program management YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 EDUCATION: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in finance, Pennsylvania State University AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sometimes it’s tough to be the new guy By Susan L. Follett Like a lot of married people, Kevin Vo has his spouse to thank for his success in the working world, but not in the way you might think. “My wife has worked at Picatinny Arsenal for a long […]

Divest and prosper

Divest and prosper

USASAC streamlines the Excess Defense Articles process, speeding up sales of excess materiel and cutting down on expensive mothballing to save millions, reduce excess inventory and keep the organic industrial base warm by offering not just materiel but an array of services. By Mr. Tommy L. Lancaster (Col., USA, Ret.) The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) role in the divestiture of the military’s equipment through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program continues to grow, with EDA divestiture activity reaching $2.5 billion this year. USASAC, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL, develops and manages all foreign military sales (FMS) and security assistance programs for the Army. Security assistance provides defense articles, […]

AMC Chief Technology Officer seeking nominations for Army’s Greatest Innovation Awards Program

AMC Chief Technology Officer seeking nominations for Army’s Greatest Innovation Awards Program

The U.S. Army Materiel Command, in partnership with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, is seeking nominations for the 2015 Army’s Greatest Innovation Awards Program (AGIAP). The award is named the “Major General Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation” in honor of the late Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who served in several leadership positions in Army research, science and technology fields before he was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. The award annually recognizes new and innovative technologies and inventions, as well as techniques, procedures and methodologies developed by the Research and Development (R&D) and Science and Technology (S&T) communities and Soldiers in the field. […]

ACC contracting officers capture Army awards

ACC contracting officers capture Army awards

By U.S. Army Contracting Command Public Affairs REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Army Contracting Command contracting officers earned 11 individual and team honors in the Fiscal Year 2015 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting, according to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement). “These awards are a testament to your professionalism and performance” said Maj. Gen. James E. Simpson, ACC commanding general. “They reflect your daily commitment to excellence and service, providing our Army what it needs to accomplish the mission.” Jaime E. Reed, 414th Contracting Support Brigade, Vicenza, Italy, won the Barbara C. Heald Award. According to the award website, […]

USAMRMC creates new medical technology enterprise consortium

USAMRMC creates new medical technology enterprise consortium

By Ellen Crown, USAMRMC Public Affairs The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) announced Aug. 19 that it has signed an agreement to create a first-of-its-kind Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), a nonprofit corporation designed to organize and conduct advanced applied research for prototype development addressing a range of military capability needs. MTEC will focus on prototype advanced development, from material solution analysis through engineering and manufacturing for prototype and testing. The technology domains where MTEC intends to operate include military infectious diseases; combat casualty care; military operational medicine; clinical and rehabilitative medicine; medical chemical, biological and radiological defense; advanced medical technologies and medical training; and health information […]