Always Connected

Always Connected

Satellite communications network enables more expeditionary Army to move beyond the FOB By Mr. Darren LeBlanc For the past 13 years, much of the Army fought from forward operating bases (FOBs). The FOBs housed command posts with well-established network infrastructure, which served as an information “home base” for troops between patrols. That approach was well-suited to the operational environment and counterinsurgency mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, but future contingencies and support operations—even the current Ebola response mission in West Africa—demand more flexibility. Command posts must be smaller and more agile to support rapid deployment. Forces must be able to connect to critical information while en route to a developing situation. Network […]

Industry Insight

Industry Insight

Looking beyond the ‘bathtub’ toward 2025 and beyond By Mr. Mark Signorelli Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series of viewpoints from industry on how it can work with the Army and DOD to preserve essential capabilities for the warfighter. As the defense industry experiences the most challenging environment of the past three decades, we are forced to look to the future. We see the bottom of a sizable bathtub directly in front of us. A mere eight years ago, the defense industry was at its peak; today, our combat vehicle industrial base is at its lowest levels in our production history. In 2008, during the war […]

Technically Speaking: Simple is Hard

Technically Speaking: Simple is Hard

Explaining science plainly can lead to new insight—and a challenge By Dr. Roberto Trotta Technically Speaking is a new column for Army AL&T magazine. Its title is frankly ironic, because its aim is to challenge subject-matter experts to explain a highly technical job, a system or a concept in the plainest language possible. The point is that, as Dr. Jacques Gansler and many other former and present defense dignitaries have noted, DOD ­science and technology (S&T) experts often do not do the best job of explaining what they do and why it’s important. Every work specialty—from short-order cooking to high-rise construction to nuclear research—has its own language, which often is […]

In the ‘Golden Hour’

In the ‘Golden Hour’

Combat Casualty Care Research drives innovation to improve survivability and reimagine future combat care By Col Todd E. Rasmussen, Dr. David G. Baer, RADM Bruce A. Doll and MG Joseph Caravalho Jr. The burden of injury among U.S. service personnel during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq confirmed the benefit of requirements-driven medical research aimed at reducing combat-related mortality and improving survival. While elements of trauma research existed before these wars, they were small, service-focused and not fully coordinated. The wars also exposed the often overlooked fact that, unlike research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and behavioral health, the nation has no federal institutes or private foundations dedicated to […]

Army acquisition in Europe

Army acquisition in Europe

Preparing for Force 2025 and beyond By Col. William J. Bailey, Commander, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany This is an interesting time to be in the Army, and an especially interesting time for Army acquisition in Europe. We are at a critical point where we must review our current methods of doing business to ensure we are prepared to support the Army vision for Force 2025 and beyond. Part of the reshaping of our military includes establishing strategic partnerships with industry and governmental agencies to improve coordination and efficiencies. It also puts our acquisition agencies in a place to better utilize buying power. As the Army transforms itself from […]

Winning in a Complex World

Winning in a Complex World

Jan – March issue of Army AL&T magazine available online now By Steve Stark Fort Belvoir, VA, Jan 6, 2015—The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center announced today that the January – March 2015 edition of Army AL&T magazine is now available online. The magazine, themed “Force 2025 and Beyond,” takes a deep look into the future of the Army out to 2040. It includes a frank conversation with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Commanding General, Gen. David. G. Perkins, who spearheaded the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040.” Perkins suggests that defense planning for the future should focus less on exactly what capabilities the […]

Opportunities to Deliver

Opportunities to Deliver

Talent management strategy seeks to grow, develop future acquisition leaders By LTG Michael E. Williamson, Director,Acquisition Career Management Force 2025 and Beyond is a comprehensive effort to develop concepts into capabilities that will ensure that our Army continues to deliver professionally trained and ready forces as the most decisive land power in the world. It is about people building the future Army, a complex undertaking based on lessons learned, threat assessments, promising technologies, strategic plans and other critical factors. It is about identifying the Army’s best talent to seize the future. As the director of acquisition career management (DACM), my plan for the nearly 38,000-member Army Acquisition Workforce is to […]

Elite Training

Elite Training

New game-based simulation expands to teach new leaders ‘soft skills’ By Mr. Timothy G. Wansbury, Dr. Randall W. Hill Jr. and Ms. Orli Belman Effective leaders counsel subordinates for a variety of reasons, from providing feedback for exceptional duty performance to giving guidance to those dealing with personal or work-related problems. Army Field Manual (FM) 6-22 (Army Leadership: Competent, Confident, and Agile) aptly states that counseling is one of the most important leadership development responsibilities for Army leaders. Traditional training for counseling has relied on a mixture of classroom lectures and discussion, role-playing exercises and hands-on practice filling out counseling forms. However, as early as this fall, the Army will […]

Smart Sustainment

Smart  Sustainment

Tobyhanna workforce supports the current and future Army network, one idea at a time By Mr. Gary P. Martin, MG Daniel P. Hughes and COL Gerhard P.R. Schröter When you’re at war, sustainment can be one of the last things on your mind. The Army acquisition community’s top priority for the last 13 years was to get equipment out the door rapidly and into Soldiers’ hands. If that required the occasional but necessary increased cost for repair or field support to ensure that troops had what they needed when they needed it, that was something to sort out later. Later has arrived—and with it, an opportunity to be more strategic […]

Adapting Artillery

Adapting Artillery

Design change strengthens battle-worn M119A3 howitzer at less cost than new system By Mr. Joseph Lipinski and MAJ Wade Perdue  Over a decade has passed since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and the Army has asked more from its artillerymen than at any time in history. No matter what the mission, from multiple deployments to conducting nonstandard missions in some of the most remote locations in the world, artillerymen have always been flexible and adaptable. But high-altitude mountain warfare has tested more than the limits of our Soldiers; it has tested the limits of the howitzers they fire, as witness the M119A3. With its extended range, accuracy, reliability […]