#AAC25 Army Maj. says LVC-IA is like going to the field without having to go to the field

#AAC25 Army Maj. says LVC-IA is like going to the field without having to go to the field

By Rick Gregory, PEO STRI Strategic Communications Support Staff Rave reviews like the one in the headline have been pouring in from Soldiers since PEO STRI fielded the first Live, Virtual, Constructive-Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA). The remark was made by Maj. Jon Meredith, training officer, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment at Fort Stewart, Ga., after his unit completed an exercise called “Operation Boar.” He also excitedly spoke about the realism of the virtual aspect of the system in an article published in the post newspaper. “That Hellfire shot from the Apache helicopter simulator the first day was awesome,” he said. “As the helicopter was firing, the guys in the tank in […]

#AAC25 Army Leaders Say Technology Evaluations Set the Pace For An Improved Acquisition Process

#AAC25 Army Leaders Say Technology Evaluations Set the Pace For An Improved Acquisition Process

By Kristen McCullough, PEO STRI Public Affairs Officer As the Army stares down looming budget cuts amidst the need for a critical technology refresh, the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercises set the scene for a more efficient acquisition process, senior defense officials said. “We have economic challenges in this nation, and the military budget reflects those as well, but it’s critical that we continue to modernize and give our Soldiers the best possible equipment,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said during a visit to White Sands Missile Range in May 2012. “The NIE is a critical component to make sure that we can, in an affordable way, continue to […]

#AAC25 STRI Fields First-Ever Virtual Training for Infantrymen

#AAC25 STRI Fields First-Ever Virtual Training for Infantrymen

By Rick Gregory, APEO Business Operations Support Staff Ever since Captain Kirk uttered the famous line, “Beam me up, Scotty,” on the popular Star Trek television series, people have been fascinated with the idea of being instantaneously transported to another location. For U.S. Soldiers, that day will soon be here, at least in the virtual sense. By early next year, a squad of up to nine Soldiers will be able to enter a nondescript training room, each taking their place on an assigned 10-by-10 foot pad ,and within minutes be virtually transported together to a geospecific combat zone that’s alive with the 3-D sights and 360-degree sounds of the battlefield. […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook 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 a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

‘Digital Dirt’

‘Digital Dirt’

With too many boots for too little ground, training system expands units’ options By Col. Wayne Epps American humorist Will Rogers is often quoted as saying, “Buy land. They aren’t making any more of the stuff!” The Army is not finding that quip quite as funny as it once was, as the number of troops returning to their home stations puts a serious strain on the available training space. While the Army was heavily deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, a typical Army post had most of its units in combat, leaving the pre-deployment units back home with ample space to conduct live training. Today, that situation is reversed, which is […]

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-five winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting were honored Nov. 13 by the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) (ASA(AL&T) and Army acquisition executive, Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the ASA(AL&T), Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) for procurement, and Wimpy Pybus, DASA for Acquisition Policy and Logistics at a small ceremony November 13 at the Pentagon. “These awards recognize our very best and acknowledge our superior, dynamic and dedicated professionals. Our central mission is to equip […]

Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting Winners Announced

On behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) (DASA(P)), the Acquisition Support Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting. Please join the DASA(P) in congratulating the award winners. The Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting are presented annually to recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding performance, dedication and professionalism in executing the contracting mission worldwide. We would like to thank each nominating official for the submission of your 2013 award nominations. We also want to thank each board member for your participation in evaluating the award nominations. We appreciate all […]

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire

Todd Kosis Historically, more combat casualties have been attributed to indirect fire weapons than any other means. Today, in the live force-on-force (FOF) training environment, the indirect fire weapon systems and the Soldiers who use them have no way to be included. That is about to change. For the first time, we can put the indirect fire teams directly in the middle of the live FOF training environment, at both their home stations and the Combat Training Centers. In the past, indirect fire teams have been left on the sidelines because they didn’t have a training device to perform their crew duties on indirect fire weapon systems. This new training […]