Earth by the numbers

Earth by the numbers

PEO STRI takes a unique approach to tracking modeling and simulation requirements, using Google Earth to communicate visually what a synthetic terrain representation needs to show—clear, detailed requirements generated in a fraction of the time it takes to describe the same needs in a text document. By Mr. Thomas Kehr and Mr. Trey Godwin Each of these entries describes relatively the same location in geographic coordinate space, but without a visual reference or map they can be difficult to decipher. Maps are indispensable tools that help humans understand, in a visual way, important facts about the surface of the Earth. Geographic ­coordinates and maps go hand in hand in establishing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mentoring pilot program concludes first phase

Mentoring pilot program concludes first phase

By Stan Emelander FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) conducted the final survey for its pilot acquisition workforce mentoring program in late December, concluding the program’s formal phase. Information gathered from the pilot will be used in developing future programs, including one planned for the upcoming spring. The DACM Office started the program in November 2013 by matching mentors and protégés. They hosted a training and relationship-building session for the mentoring pairs in January 2014 and gathered initial feedback one month later. Though the DACM Office hopes the pairs will continue to work together, the latest survey […]

Elite Training

Elite Training

New game-based simulation expands to teach new leaders ‘soft skills’ By Mr. Timothy G. Wansbury, Dr. Randall W. Hill Jr. and Ms. Orli Belman Effective leaders counsel subordinates for a variety of reasons, from providing feedback for exceptional duty performance to giving guidance to those dealing with personal or work-related problems. Army Field Manual (FM) 6-22 (Army Leadership: Competent, Confident, and Agile) aptly states that counseling is one of the most important leadership development responsibilities for Army leaders. Traditional training for counseling has relied on a mixture of classroom lectures and discussion, role-playing exercises and hands-on practice filling out counseling forms. However, as early as this fall, the Army will […]

#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 […]