Partnering Up

Partnering Up

When the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to take command of training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces, its partnership with the 900th Contracting Battalion was already solid. by Maj. Timothy G. Godwin The key to successful operational contracting support (OCS) in complex environments is a partnership between the supported headquarters and the contracting unit—a partnership that should begin months before both units board a plane to deploy. The future joint task force (JTF) and the aligned contracting unit must work together, plan together, train together and deploy together. Only through an established and codified relationship can the two units navigate environments in which contracting increasingly has become a critical element […]

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The Continuing Mission in Afghanistan

The CSTC-A has made considerable strides to establish processes to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly and effectively to create a strong, capable ANDSF. by Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes Over the past 14-plus years, United States and coalition taxpayers have invested heavily in outfitting the Afghanistan national defense and security forces (ANDSF) to defend Afghanistan against a persistent insurgent enemy. This complex and demanding mission continues with the U.S.-led coalition in a train, advise and assist (TAA) role with the Afghans leading the fight to secure their homeland. More than 10,000 brave Afghan policemen and soldiers gave their lives for this cause in 2015, and more than 20,000 […]

People, Products and Processes

People, Products and Processes

AAE committed to Better Buying Power, funding R&D and supporting the workforce From the Army Acquisition Executive The Honorable Katrina McFarland Since its inception, the United States Army has answered the call to protect our nation and safeguard our way of life. We are the greatest land force the world has ever known. We demonstrate our strength when we adapt to rise against evolving threats, and we are always ready for our next mission—whenever and wherever it may be. The Army Acquisition Corps, in turn, has a duty we hold sacred: to design, deliver and sustain the critical enabling capabilities our Soldiers need for mission success so that our Army […]

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 […]

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘REQUIRED’ READING

‘Required’ Reading: Latest Army AL&T magazine online By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 30, 2015) — The newest edition of Army AL&T magazine is all about requirements and in keeping with the theme, this “required” reading is now available online. In Army acquisition, everything begins with requirements, with all facets of a system or service examined through the lens of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities—DOTMLPF—which is why Army AL&T spoke with Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, director of the TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center Requirements Integration Directorate. Read how ARCIC is working to bring all stakeholders into the development of requirements in “From Concept […]

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 […]

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 […]