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 […]

History in the Making

History in the Making

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Every edition of the U.S. Army Weapon Systems handbook since 1989 is now available in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s new online archive. Since 1989, the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook has served as a critical reference document that informs key stakeholders and audiences—primarily Congress—about high-priority Army acquisition programs in a comprehensive and understandable format, while presenting essential information reflecting the strategic context in which the Army operates. Each handbook provides critical information through visual and written program profiles that describe each system’s purpose, capability, program status, projected activities and interdependencies with other key systems. Many of the systems from the first […]

#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

By Christina Bates, PEO IEW&S Recent wars have ushered in a totally new way of conducting operations: coordinated sensor warfare. Whether the area of focus is Base Defense, Air Defense, Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition, or Target Prosecution, timely and actionable information is essential. A robust way to accomplish this is through a cogent networking of different types of sensors. The Project Manager, Night Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (PM NV/RSTA) has fielded networked sensors in theater since 2002 and continues to evolve and improve this critical capability. PM NV/RSTA’s sensor systems enable our warfighters in theater to rapidly and effectively respond to evolving threats thereby saving lives on the battlefield […]

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 15, 2009) — As the U.S. Army approaches eight years of counter-insurgency operations in two theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. Soldiers has remained a persistent challenge. Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of electronic warfare. By tightly integrating EW — as a form of non-kinetic fires — with existing kinetic capabilities, the the aim is to achieve spectrum dominance through an effects-based joint operations […]

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

By Brandon J. Pollachek, PEO IEW&S With an urgent demand from soldiers in the field to be able to collect as much information about the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Product Manager Prophet (PdM Prophet) has recently secured a system that will assist in meeting that need for battlespace awareness. On Oct. 20, Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors along with Lt. Col. Jim Ross, PdM Prophet witnessed the roll out of the first Prophet Enhanced vehicle from General Dynamics in Scottsdale, AZ. Prophet Enhanced was one of the systems obtained by the Army under a short timeline as a part of the […]