USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Due to budget constraints and associated costs, the traditional coffee-table style Weapon System Handbook has not been printed for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a web-based version for this year. Like all good products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Information on 30 key systems can currently be found at the website, and program executive offices (PEOs) are in the process of adding new systems and updating system information on the remaining programs. […]

The ‘OTHER’ Acquisition Phase

The ‘OTHER’  Acquisition Phase

Focusing on better buying power and value engineering efforts By Lt. Col. Elliott R. Caggins, Mr. Jason R. Middleton and Maj. Demond J. Merrick The vast majority of the acquisition workforce has a great understanding of the life-cycle management process, including designing, developing, procuring, producing, fielding and sustaining military equipment. The defense acquisition life-cycle model goes into great detail on the operations and support phase, but it barely covers the cycle’s end—divestiture. In fact, the Defense Acquisition University’s life-cycle management chart simply lists divestiture as “disposal,” even though it’s much more than that. With its focus on life-cycle phases from design to sustainment, formal acquisition training often neglects disposal, which […]

THE WRITE STUFF: Army AL&T Magazine Announces Annual ALTies Winners

THE WRITE STUFF: Army AL&T Magazine Announces Annual ALTies Winners

  By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced the winners of its annual “ALTies” awards, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph from 2013. Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch III presented the awards here today, following Army AL&T magazine’s second annual writer’s workshop at the U.S. Army Acquisition Service Center (USAASC) headquarters. “Each issue of Army AL&T is a collaborative process, a team effort,” McCouch said. “Without our contributors, who help us continually raise the bar on quality, we would not have a magazine. But we have a great one that gets better with every issue.” Claire Heininger, editor/lead writer for Program Executive […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team wins Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team wins Packard Award for acquisition excellence

By Michael Clow   WARREN, Mich. — Marking another sign of strength for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, joint program office leaders celebrated being named one of the four 2013 recipients of the Department of Defense (DOD) David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps, is working to close a capability gap in existing light tactical vehicle fleets and give commanders a flexible, transportable, protected, networked, and reliable expeditionary vehicle capability. “The days of front lines and rear areas are gone,” said JLTV Project Manager Col. John R. Cavedo, U.S. Army. “Our objective is to […]

Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Former Marine Joe Wright brings a positive approach to second military career

Faces of the Force: Henry J. “Joe” Wright     POSITION: System Acquisition Project Officer and LCM8 MOD I & II/Barge Derrick 115 Ton System Acquisition Manager UNIT: Product Director, Army Watercraft Systems (PD AWS), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) LOCATION: Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3, U.S. Army; 30, U.S. Marine Corps DEPLOYMENTS: Vietnam, 1972-73 and 1974-1975; Iraq, 2004 EDUCATION: B.A. Business Leadership, Baker University   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? WRIGHT: I serve as a system acquisition manager and systems acquisition project officer for PD AWS. In that role, I manage the modification […]