PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

PEO C3T hosts third annual Army AL&T magazine writer’s workshop

By Tara Clements The award-winning Army AL&T magazine, the premier career and professional news source for the Army acquisition, logistics and technology community, held its third annual writer’s workshop at the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, April 29. At the end of the program, Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch presented the annual ALTies awards for the best article, commentary, photo, graphic and advertisement, which were announced in the magazine’s April – June issue. “Army AL&T magazine is almost entirely written by nonprofessional writers, most of whom are acquisition professionals and subject matter experts,” McCouch said. “That’s one of the reasons […]

Vested Interest

Vested Interest

PEO Soldier and DLA devised a way to upgrade the body armor vest for just half the cost of replacement, potentially saving tens of millions By MAJ Chris Getter It’s not every day you can get half off the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that’s exactly what a team from the Product Manager for Soldier Protective Equipment (PdM SPE) and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLA-TS) has done. Their efforts are now culminating in the first deliveries of more than 148,000 Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest (Gen III IOTV) body armor conversion kits, acquired at approximately half the cost of procuring new systems; $791 versus $413. […]

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’

The New ‘Gansler Report’ Seven years after the commission he chaired released its landmark report, Jacques Gansler assesses the current state of defense acquisition Army AL&T magazine usually looks outside the world of defense acquisition for our Critical Thinking feature, but for this issue, with its theme of revamping acquisition, we could think of no better person to address the topic than a former undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics who has spent much of his professional life working in and studying defense acquisition—the Hon. Jacques S. Gansler. He’s currently director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland School of Public […]

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Leveraging a decade of hard lessons, CERDEC’s NVESD looks to bolster the Army’s technology investments by embracing change By Dr. Richard Nabors and Mr. Nathan Burkholder Science and technology (S&T) initiatives historically have been seen as a primary support mechanism in helping to address long-term challenges that the U.S. Army will face from conventional military threats. However, as demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, unconventional (asymmetric) threats, defined as those strategies and tactics employed by an often inferior force to offset their deficiencies and exploit weaknesses, continue to impact Army strategic land power, significantly raising the sustainment and life-cycle costs for military equipment. The dynamic evolution of threats necessitates that conventional S&T […]

Progress Report

Progress Report

Progress Report A Q&A with the Hon. Frank Kendall As the United States winds down its involvement in more than a decade of war, acquisition has been in a nearly constant state of change—from heating up to cooling down, from massive budgets to budget-tightening. Along the way came the Gansler Commission Report and Better Buying Power (BBP) 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Efforts to carry out the recommendations of those seminal initiatives have shown some progress but continue to be hindered by outdated and often onerous processes and procedures, not to mention unwieldy bureaucracy. The Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) since May 2012, has […]

Revamping Acquisition

Revamping Acquisition

April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine available online now By Steve Stark Fort Belvoir, VA, March 30, 2015—The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center announced today that the April – June 2015 edition of Army AL&T magazine, themed “revamping acquisition and lessons learned” is now available online now. The facets of acquisition are many, and not all of them are within the Army’s control. Revamping acquisition—the theme of this issue—requires teamwork, professionalism, planning, precision and skill, and in many ways, the Army is doing what it can to accomplish this already. Consider the DODwide Better Buying Power. BBP, begun in 2010, is on version 3.0 and is having the […]

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

Tooth to Tail

Tooth to Tail

PEO CS&CSS works to sharpen the Army’s teeth while trimming its tail By Ms. Munira Tourner and Mr. Michael Clow As the Army postures to succeed and win in this complex world, its Force 2025 and beyond campaign plan outlines the need to design and build a force that is more lethal, expeditionary and agile than today’s. At the same time, the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040,” spearheaded by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (­TRADOC), acknowledges that success in our complex world may well involve more than just firepower. Since Force 2025 emphasizes speed and lethality, significant opportunities exist to shape and […]

The Energy Circuit

The Energy Circuit

A roundup of projects and efforts to power change in Army energy By Army AL&T Staff Energy is one of the most important ways that the Army is going to get anywhere, much less to 2025 and beyond. The Army’s goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that its installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages. The military is also congressionally mandated to draw 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, and the Army is the biggest single user of energy in the United States. Whether it’s through reduction and efficiency or through […]

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

TRADOC CG GEN David G. Perkins discusses meaning and challenges of new Army Operating Concept A generation of Army officers grew up knowing exactly who the enemy was. Clear lines divided the world into enemy and ally, closed and open, communist and free. The United States made a move, and the Soviet Union countered; the Soviets designed one kind of weapon system, and the United States differentiated its systems accordingly, constantly seeking an edge—until the stalemate cracked and the Soviet bloc walls came down, taking with them the assumptions underpinning Army doctrine. A younger generation knew another, more amorphous enemy, harder to pin down on a map: terrorism. The dividing […]