Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. – When DOD has to respond quickly to a disaster or global emergency, it normally takes some time for the supply chain that supports those forces to gear up to go. But a new group of rapid deployers from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are now trained and equipped to be some of the first boots on the ground when the call comes. The new capability, called the Rapid Deployment Initiative (RDI) program, consists of two 13-member teams that are mission-tailored to augment logistics capabilities of geographic combatant commands and the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Task Force Port Opening. […]

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 […]

Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

The Army Operating Concept dictates that “future forces conduct operations consistent with the tenet of adaptability, anticipating dangers and opportunities and adjusting operations to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.” The Army is arguably the nation’s foremost leadership training institution, and one of the roles of the research, development and acquisition communities is to develop leaders who can innovate and adapt on the science and technology fronts so that we can deliver the capabilities Army leaders need on the battlefield. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), on behalf of the Army, is committed to growing the next generation of scientists and engineers to deliver the decisive overmatch […]

More bang for government bucks

More bang for government bucks

With CMMI Level 5 processes, RDECOM’s ARDEC pursues reuse of government-owned IP and hardware to drive down the costs and shorten schedules for software-intensive weapon systems to more quickly field systems to Soldiers. By Mr. David R. Castellano and Mr. Michael A. Zecca The basic components of armament systems—weapon, ammunition and fire control—are essentially the same, but vary in how they are implemented and their degree of automation. However, as simple as the basic components are, several factors create the potential for complication. Different system contractors, the increased use of electronics in armament systems and implementation of functions through software—these factors can lead to a proliferation of unique armament systems. […]

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

By Bridget Bernard ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 3, 2015) — As the one-stop-shop for the Army’s tactical commercial off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) hardware, the Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program is taking a holistic, innovative approach that is getting noticed. Recent undertakings resulted in increased efficiencies, significant cost avoidance and official designation as the primary organization to oversee tactical COTS IT hardware procurement for the Army. CHS provides state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and is available for use by all DOD and federal agencies. “We’ve always got to be looking ahead to understand where technology is going, how we […]

Keeping design on target

Keeping design on target

PM Soldier Weapons teams with ARL’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate and the Maneuver CoE to incorporate human systems integration early in weapon system development, to ensure that weapons are designed to work in harmony with other systems and equipment. By Dr. Gabriella Brick Larkin, Mr. Joshua Charm, Maj. Aron Hauquitz and Maj. Adam Patten Technology may advance in leaps and bounds, but the physical and cognitive abilities of people who use technology stay much the same. History tells us the performance of new products is better when human performance is among the factors considered during the design and development process. What does this mean to the military materiel developer? […]

Getting Requirements Right

Getting Requirements Right

QRCs were quick fixes to save lives and ensure mission success, but backfilling requirements to sustain the capabilities sounds easier than it is By MAJ Timothy J. Bracken Acquisition professionals are tasked to manage their program’s cost, schedule and performance. In many cases, managing performance can be the most challenging. This is because the program office not only manages the specifics that determine and define their capability’s requirements, but also maintains a relationship with the organization that manages and “owns” the capability’s requirement documents. That organization is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager (TCM). These requirement documents, the initial capabilities document (ICD), capability development document (CDD) […]

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, R&D center discuss C4ISR system modernization

By Kristen Kushiyama, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) received an update on the Army’s latest work in creating modular, customizable systems for various Army platforms during a visit here June 16. The Hon. Heidi Shyu toured the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to gain a deeper understanding of CERDEC’s Hardware/Software Convergence initiative. CERDEC is working to modernize and modularize Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, and Electronic Warfare components so that there is a standard interface to better and more quickly facilitate the integration, compatibility and interoperability of new capabilities. Shyu said […]

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

Faces of the Force: Chenxi Dong-O’Malley

POSITION AND UNIT: Force Project and Sustainment Portfolio Lead; Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 12 AWARDS: 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing; Honorable Mention, Lessons Learned EDUCATION: M.S. in systems engineering in material science; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in chemical engineering and B.S. in chemical engineering, Tufts University Swapping a lab coat for a spreadsheet By Susan L. Follett Chenxi Dong-O’Malley began her Army civilian career a dozen years ago, working on protective clothing and equipment for Soldiers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). “Most people are unaware of the amount of technology development that’s behind the […]