Design and engineering sleuths uncover time, cost savings

Design and engineering sleuths uncover time, cost savings

By Daniel Smith and Kathryn Bailey It’s possible that this is the most expensive phrase in the English language: “We have always done it this way.” For Army programs of record (PORs), “this way” may be to contract exclusively with industry partners to refresh, upgrade or redesign their systems rather than turning to the government organic base. However, keeping that work in-house can yield substantial cost and time-to-field savings—important drivers for Army force modernization and readiness—often because the government explores commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) options before diving into a custom design. The government’s prototype integration facilities (PIFs) are positioned to help PORs determine the most cost-effective, streamlined solution available. PIFs perform […]

Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

Night Vision lab director to serve as acting CERDEC director

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 10, 2017)—The U.S. Army has selected Dr. Donald Reago Jr. to serve as acting director of its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, as the search begins to fill the position left open in the wake of Henry J. Muller Jr.’s retirement. Reago, who was selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2014, previously served as the director of the CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In his previous capacity as NVESD director, Reago was responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in Electro-Optical/Infrared and Countermine/Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices sensors and signal processing. The […]

A New Dimension of Acquisition

A New Dimension of Acquisition

RDECOM explores new ways of using 3-D printing to meet Soldiers’ needs quickly and inexpensively while minimizing the logistics footprint. by Argie Sarantinos-Perrin A Soldier heads back to camp, grabs a power bar and unloads his gear. The power bar, which was “printed” minutes earlier, contains all the nutrients his body currently needs, according to sensors that are embedded in his uniform. While this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, engineers and scientists at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) are looking at ways to use additive manufacturing (AM, also known as 3-D printing) to meet Soldiers’ needs. Using AM to supply Soldiers with customized nutrient-dense […]

Engineering Connections

Engineering Connections

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers five lessons learned for building relationships with and between small businesses. by Ms. Crystal E. Teed At its core, running a successful small business program for a federal agency is about connecting people and business organizations that want to do business with each other. It makes sense for the government to contract with responsible small businesses. According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the top predictors of a person’s ability to run a successful small business are four personality traits: work drive, emotional resilience, social networking and goal-setting. Each of those traits is conducive […]

Future [WORK]Force

Future [WORK]Force

Developing the Army’s next generation of scientists and engineers By Dr. Grace M. Bochenek and Ms. Jessica A. Smith   To maintain dominance, the Army must posture itself to proactively innovate, to identify promising technologies, to develop solutions and to deliver capabilities. A key part of delivering future capabilities is the creation of a flexible workforce of engineers and scientists with the right skills to support emerging areas of research and development. To achieve this, the Army must answer some not-so-straightforward questions: Which technical competencies will be required within the workforce in the next 25 years? The next 50? What will maintain the knowledge base and technology overmatch built over […]

Forging new links

Forging new links

With Supply Chain Transformation initiative, Army Materiel Command seeks greater efficiencies, better communication By Mrs. Jamie Miller   It’s a new era for Army supply chain management. We are looking for more efficient ways to improve the end-to-end management of spare parts, from supplier to Soldier, for the Army’s combat systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) has a challenge to stay relevant and shift from a reactive war environment to a proactive drawdown environment of managing and resolving supply chain issues before they become problems. Starting in 2003, the Army began implementing the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), an enterprise solution that integrates supply chain, maintenance, repair and overhaul planning […]

#AAC25 First Strike Ration on the way for the first to fight Warfighter

#AAC25 First Strike Ration on the way for the first to fight Warfighter

By NSRDEC Public Affairs NATICK, Mass. – A new compact, eat-on-the-move assault ration is well on its way to Warfighters’ hands. “The First Strike Ration is intended for the first on the ground, first to fight Warfighter,” said Barbara Daley, food technologist and FSR project officer, Combat Feeding Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. Usually when Warfighters are issued two or more Meals, Ready-to-Eat they “field strip” them to lessen the bulk and weight they are carrying. Personnel at NSRDEC found that not only were Warfighters tossing what they considered extra weight, such as the flameless ration heater and Tabasco sauce, but they were also tossing […]

Soldier-based training

Soldier-based training

C4ISR Field Support Vision 2020: Preparing the self-sufficient force By Maj. Robert C. Moyer Since the start of contingency operations, the Army has acquired a variety of urgently needed quick reaction capabilities, such as communications, networking, surveillance and counter-IED solutions, in response to urgent operational needs. In addition to being fast-tracked through the acquisition process to meet critical warfighting demands, these systems, designed to better connect Soldiers and commanders and provide visibility into battlefield threats, represented increasingly complex technology requirements for operators and maintainers alike. To deliver immediate support for these systems to Soldiers in theater, the Army successfully implemented a robust, contractor-based field support model. However, with the drawdown […]

Robyn Litle

Robyn Litle

UNIT: Army Materiel Command/Research, Development and Engineering Command/Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center matrix support to Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense POSITION: Systems Engineer/Foreign Military Sales Lead for Joint Product Manager CBRNE Analytics and Response Systems AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 19 AWARDS: AMC Coin of Excellence; ASA(ALT) Coin of Excellence; Civilian NATO Service Medal; Civilian Global War on Terrorism Medal; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; DA-Official Commendation (2); David Packard Award for Excellence in Acquisition EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? […]

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

Faces of the Force: Doug Wong

POSITION: Chief Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering and Technical Integration Division UNIT: Program Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 29 years AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2002, 2013); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2000 and 2001) EDUCATION: B.S. in engineering, Polytechnic University; MBA, Monmouth University; Army Management Staff College   Thanks, Mr. Stampp By Susan Follett Chief Systems Engineer Doug Wong traces his interest in science and engineering back some 30-plus years, to his sixth-grade science teacher. “His name was Robert Stampp and he’s the first teacher who got me interested in finding out how things work,” said Wong. “He taught us the basics, […]