A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

By Mr. Stephen F. Conley and Dr. Craig M. Arndt Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism, the acquisition community has been focused on providing Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) to Warfighting units in theater. Some of this equipment is found to be so effective that it is worth keeping and fielding to the entire service. When a service decides that a QRC is worth keeping, the capability must transition and become an enduring capability otherwise known as a formal Program of Record (POR). The Department of Defense (DoD) has struggled with how to execute this transition for years. This paper provides a conceptual process to transition a QRC […]

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

Creating a Defense Acquisition Consulting Team

By Capt. Christopher W. Piercy Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed or implied in this essay are those of the author and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the Department of Defense, Air Force, F-35 Joint Program Office, or other agencies or departments of the U.S. government. Background In 2009 I commissioned into the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 64P, which designated me as a Contracting Officer. As a Contracting Officer it is my responsibility to support the warfighter by acquiring the supplies, services, and weapons systems necessary to defeat our enemies and protect our citizens. […]

Ready for Future Operations: Establishing an Organic Depot to Maintain the Army’s Premier Aerial Sensor System

Ready for Future Operations: Establishing an Organic Depot to Maintain the Army’s Premier Aerial Sensor System

By Lt. Col. Kecia Troy, Ms. Carla Miller, Mr. Joshua Erlien and Dr. Christina Bates Industry Sustainment of Army Systems For the first time in our Nation’s history, our armed forces have waged battle with a new enemy – an enemy in the form of non-state actors engaged in asymmetric, irregular warfare. The development, acquisition, fielding, and sustainment of the types of systems (and capabilities) necessary to successfully engage in asymmetrical warfare have stressed, but simultaneously strengthened, the Army’s ability to do so in a rapid, effective, and efficient manner. These successes, however, ushered in new and different challenges for the Army. The Army is expected to continue to excel […]

Future Operations: Tactical Power for Multi-Domain Battle

Future Operations: Tactical Power for Multi-Domain Battle

By John M. Spiller Thinking About Warfighting As a young Captain, I was assigned to the Command and General Staff College’s Doctrine Branch just two years after the 1982 Field Manual 100-5, Operations, was published. This was the birth of AirLand Battle doctrine – and as the only Captain there, I always got to flip transparencies on the overhead projector. At the time, I did not realize how lucky I was because I got to soak in the magnificent warfighting discussions. AirLand Battle profoundly changed the operational and institutional Army and culminated in a quick Gulf War victory. Change bigger than AirLand Battle is coming. Army Chief of Staff GEN […]

Seeking Innovative Ways to Restore Our Warfighters

Seeking Innovative Ways to Restore Our Warfighters

By Ms. Kristy Pottol and Mr. John Getz Our Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office is tasked with a nearly impossible acquisition mission: to restore form, function and appearance to the wounded Warfighter post-catastrophic injury. The development costs are high, the programs are risky, the timelines are long, the commercial market is small and an enterprise-wide requirement is, to say the least, challenging to write. For our team, this is where innovation, opportunity and possibility thrive. Our Service Members are counting on us to be as innovative in our problem-solving battle as they are on the front lines, protecting and defending our freedoms. The U.S. Army Medical Materiel […]

Network Assisted GPS … Coming Soon to a Precision Fire Mission Near You!

Network Assisted GPS … Coming Soon to a Precision Fire Mission Near You!

By Mr. Paul C. Manz Global Position System (GPS) signals are extensively used by a multitude of Army and Joint military products and applications. GPS is highly accurate, affordable, and pervasive. Most typical GPS-based systems automatically listen for GPS signals, use these signals to determine the exact location of the GPS satellites in the sky, and then (when it sees at least four GPS satellites) use this information to precisely determine the system’s geo-location coordinates (i.e. X, Y, Z) on Earth. Because these GPS signals contain data from their extremely accurate on-board satellite clocks, they can also be used to synchronize time across multiple systems. Thus, GPS is a simple, […]

The Top Five Lessons I Learned While Working at Amazon.com, Inc.

The Top Five Lessons I Learned While Working at Amazon.com, Inc.

By Lt. Col. Rachael Hoagland When people learn that I spent a year as a Training with Industry Fellow at Amazon.com, Inc. I get asked, “Did you meet Jeff Bezos? Did you get to work on the drones?” Or, “You must have seen some really cool technology.” Yes, I attended quarterly all hands with Jeff Bezos but we never had a one on one conversation. No, I did not work on the drone project. Yes, I did see some really cool technology. Every time someone asked one of the questions I had already been asked a hundred times I asked myself what it was that I was really learning. The […]

Driving out “the Stupid” Leveraging IT Lessons Learned from DOD and Industry

Driving out “the Stupid” Leveraging IT Lessons Learned from DOD and Industry

By Col. Richard Haggerty Imagine yourself as the Project Manager (PM) of an Acquisition Category (ACAT) III basket portfolio who has just been tapped to lead an ACAT I Special Interest cyber-Information Technology (IT) program with direction from Congress to immediately deliver capability to all Cyber Mission Forces (CMF) across the Department of Defense (DoD). Additionally, your first task as the PM is to brief Congressional members and staffers on your plan to execute this program, despite a lack of personnel, a defined requirement document, or an acquisition strategy. What do you do? A good place to start is an assessment of applicable Lessons Learned. Unfortunately, these lessons all point […]

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

Faces of the Force: Ernest Keen

POSITION AND UNIT: Aerospace Engineer, Concept Design and Assessment Tech Area, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 (2 in Army acquisition; 3 in Navy acquisition) AWARDS: Army Modeling and Simulation Award; Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field – Army Advanced Design Office; Aviation Development Directorate-AFDD Peer Award for Technical Excellence in Research and Development; 2014 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Acquisition Writing, Innovation Category. EDUCATION: M.S. and B.S. aerospace engineering, Virginia Tech Short tenure, lots of accolades By Susan L. Follett Ernest Keen has worked in Army acquisition for just two years, but in that […]