Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

Technically Speaking: Language less foreign

A downloadable, Army-specific translation app made possible by machine learning enables individual Soldiers to communicate anywhere, with or without internet access or local translators. by Mr. Michael Doney, Dr. Christina Bates and Mr. Tracy Blocker Today’s more expeditionary Army needs interpreters and linguists, but they are expensive to train and always in short supply. In another case of science fiction becoming science fact, the Army has created a partial solution to the language barrier: the Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS). Right now, MFLTS consists of two apps, one for real-time, two-way, speech-to-speech translation and one for text-to-text translation of electronic documents, webpages and social media. Each application has two […]

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

Lt. Col. Beire Castro

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Manager for Force Protection Systems, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electric Warfare and Sensors POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Product manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 24 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: MBA in defense acquisition and contract management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in criminology and criminal justice, East Tennessee State University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters (OLCs)), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLCs), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) A short career that’s long on experiences By Susan L. Follett Logging just over nine years in acquisition, […]

The importance of keeping track

The importance of keeping track

There aren’t very many industrial property management specialists, but the work they do to account for government property can be vitally important to DOD and the Army.  by Ms. Sabrina Johns  How important to an organization is accounting for government property? The short answer is “very,” but for the long answer, come with me to the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where how a property book officer, a logistics manager and an industrial property management specialist are addressing historical challenges associated with locating, establishing official records for and managing government property within the organization, as well as property provided […]

The Power of Prototypes

The Power of Prototypes

One year on, the Army Rapid Capabilities Office is breaking the ‘one-size-fits-all’ acquisition approach to combating rising threats. by Lt. Col. Marcos A. Cervantes Last August, senior Army leaders unveiled a new secret weapon. But it wasn’t a missile or a radar or a tank. It was the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), a new organization designed to cut through the bureaucracy and rapidly deploy technologies to combatant commanders in order to address high-priority strategic threats. The office’s mandate, said Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, was “to ensure that we’re pursing the right capabilities for our Army today and tomorrow, and to do it very quickly, […]

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Distributed Common Ground System – Army; Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors TITLE: Product director, Machine Foreign Language Translation System YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 33 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management, George Washington University; B.S. in civil engineering, Virginia Tech AWARDS: Meritorious Civilian Service Award; Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (multiple); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (multiple)   Product director puts translators in Soldiers’ pockets by Mary Kate Aylward “There will never be enough human linguists to meet the Army’s varied translation requirements.” That’s the problem Michael Doney’s team works to […]

Faces of the Force: Clinton Spratley

Faces of the Force: Clinton Spratley

Command/organization: Aircraft Survivability Equipment Project Management Office, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Title: Lead systems engineer Years of service in workforce: 10 Years of military service: 3 DAWIA certifications: Level III in systems engineering; Level II in program management Education: Completing a dual MBA and master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering, Auburn University (expected December); B.S. in physics, Baylor University Seeking heat at the ACAT I level by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward Clinton E. Spratley spent three years on active duty with the Air Force before lending his engineering background to the Army’s efforts to improve aircraft survivability. After leaving the Air Force, he joined […]

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

Army AL&T’s 2016 ‘ALTies’ are in, and the winners are…

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 30, 2017)—Following an unprecedented number of votes cast, award-winning Army AL&T magazine announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies” honors, celebrating the best article, commentary, graphic, ad and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2016. The System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (SOSE&I), based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was the only command to win three ALTies: Col. Terrece B. Harris won the honors for best commentary, while Vanessa Flores won for best graphic. Flores was also a runner-up for best photograph. Lt. Col. Steven D. Gutierrez was the runaway winner for best article for his look at a Training […]

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

By Brandon Pollachek The portfolio of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) grew by a project manager office and a four product managers with the transition of Project Manager Biometrics (and its subordinate product manager organizations) as well as Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazards (PM CEH) and Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PM FPS). Following approval from the Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, PM Biometrics and PM CEH came under operational control of PEO IEW&S on Jan. 28. PM FPS transitioned in a similar manner on March 31. All of the transitioning offices will be […]

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive (AAE) and the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized more than a dozen groups and individuals from the acquisition community yesterday, as she announced the winners of the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership Awards. The awards represent repeat victories for two of the winners, who were also honored last month by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(ATL)). “Since 1989, the Corps has provided an elite cadre of highly-skilled, technically-proficient professionals delivering world-class products to our Soldiers,” said Shyu in her […]

In Sync, Secure and Aware

In Sync, Secure and Aware

Cyberspace is the new, virtual battlefield, and lines of offense and defense are blurred if not obliterated By COL Timothy D. Presby and Dr. Portia I. Crowe Cyberspace, the newest DOD operational domain, grows more complex and contested by the day. But unlike the traditional domains of land, sea, air and space, cyberspace blurs the line. President Barack Obama has compared the lack of boundaries found in cyberspace to a game of basketball, where—unlike in football or baseball—there is no clear line between offense and defense. Instead, the roles switch constantly. Such is the realm of cyberspace. And as Soldiers learn how to do battle within this new domain, the […]