Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

Army acquisition leaders commemorate milestone anniversary; look to the next 25

By Tara Clements   WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2014) – Today, Army acquisition leaders marked the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) at a commemorative event on the opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting. The Hon. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the Army acquisition executive hosted the event along with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and the director of acquisition career management. More than 100 people gathered to hear Shyu and Williamson’s remarks, including Gabriel Camarillo, Shyu’s principal deputy, several program executive officers, and former ASA(ALT) […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]

Industrial base essential to overcome future threats

Industrial base essential to overcome future threats

J.D. Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 25, 2014) — Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said that after three months in his position, one of the things he’s learned is how the industrial base is interwoven with risk. Speaking before a packed house of Association of the U.S. Army members, at the organization’s Institute of Land Warfare breakfast, Thursday, Williamson said he wasn’t going to make remarks about specific equipment programs. Instead he wanted to talk about what kept him up at night. Williamson said he is concerned that experts will not be available to […]

In Hard Truth, New Opportunity

In Hard Truth, New Opportunity

Changing times call for Army and industrial base to collaborate on solutions   From The Army Acquisition Executive The Honorable Heidi Shyu   As we enter a new calendar year, the Army faces challenges of an evolving fiscal reality and the transition from wartime production to peacetime requirements. The Army and its industrial base must work together to address these issues head-on. The hard truth—sustaining readiness in this fiscally constrained environment—necessarily means fewer investments in the future. Budget uncertainty complicates the procurement landscape, but communication and cooperation will allow the Army and industrial base to meet our respective goals. Defense spending is projected to make up only 12 percent of […]

McQuistion takes questions during equipment modernization forum

McQuistion takes questions during equipment modernization forum

By AMC Public Affairs   WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, deputy commanding general of Army Materiel Command, took questions from Army personnel, industry and academia during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army Oct. 22. The first question addressed to McQuistion was how the Organic Industrial Base and readiness were impacted by sequestration and the Budget Control Act. “In January 2013, we were told to cancel all third and fourth quarter depot operations and this caused delays in many of our efforts. We had to redirect work to depots and arsenals that did not have as much work,” said McQuistion. “It […]