Army AL&T ready to read

Army AL&T ready to read

By Mary Kate Aylward Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 30, 2016) – The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is online now, and it’s two in one. The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine on sustainment is just the beginning. First up, experts from the acquisition, logistics and technology fields delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Then, flip the magazine over and find a different cover and a special 54-page section on Army acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with NATO and the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process, and fund […]

It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery

Army small business director Tommy Marks seeks to build on a strong foundation with four program pillars—mission, compliance, outreach and training—in line with Better Buying Power principles. The objective: to cultivate and sustain a broad and diverse base of small businesses that can deliver needed capabilities to the warfighter. Since he left college in 1977, Tommy Marks, director of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), hasn’t had a job that wasn’t related to the Army. “It’s been all Army,” he said, and that includes 24 years on active duty. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, and spent time as a defense contractor working for the Army, […]

The Army’s big business of small business

The Army’s big business of small business

By Steve Stark With billions in contracting dollars going to small businesses for both products and services, there’s no question that small companies are big business for the Army. That’s why the January – March issue of Army AL&T magazine is dedicated to small business, online now. Tommy Marks, director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs, has been in his job for less than a year, but he’s no stranger to the Army or to acquisition, having retired as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of active duty service. Now he’s employing the expertise he gained to help the Army find the most innovative technology and the best […]

Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 28, 2015) – Innovation is often assumed to be the next big thing, but more often, it’s incremental upgrades to the way things are done, built or contracted. That’s why Army AL&T’s Editorial Advisory Board wanted us to focus on innovative approaches to acquisition. We made it the theme for the October – December edition of Army AL&T, which is online now and will be available in hard copy at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition. This newest edition of Army AL&T is packed with ways that organizations have innovated to make processes work more smoothly, from acquiring […]

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 […]