Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

Beyond the Borders of ‘Possible’

ACCESS AL&T talks to DARPA about standing conventional wisdom on its head As the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) communications staff was exploring the issues surrounding Force 2025 and Beyond, we wanted input from that most futuristic part of DOD, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is renowned for its many breakthroughs and technological disruptions. ACCESS AL&T spoke to Dr. Bradford Tousley, who has been director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at DARPA since January 2013. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester. After a distinguished military […]

Winning in a Complex World

Winning in a Complex World

Jan – March issue of Army AL&T magazine available online now By Steve Stark Fort Belvoir, VA, Jan 6, 2014—The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center announced today that the January – March 2015 edition of Army AL&T magazine is now available online. The magazine, themed “Force 2025 and Beyond,” takes a deep look into the future of the Army out to 2040. It includes a frank conversation with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Commanding General, Gen. David. G. Perkins, who spearheaded the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040.” Perkins suggests that defense planning for the future should focus less on exactly what capabilities the […]

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces MOS 51C reclassification board results

  By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board held here and concluded early December selected 10 candidates for reclassification. This board was the first of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We continue to receive a record number of applications, which ensures competition and that the best qualified Soldiers are selected for reclassification,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C Proponent NCO. Sears noted that the high level of competition during this board resulted in a seven percent selection rate. The purpose of the board is to ensure that the […]

November Army DACM Office Hot Topics

November Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program. This program offers an opportunity for eligible Army Acquisition Workforce members to complete coursework toward a master’s degree during duty time. The program covers tuition costs including book fees and travel expenses. The application window closes Dec. 1, 2014. Eligible applicants include GS 14-15 civilians (or broadband equivalent) and O5-O6 military. High-performing GS-13s and O4s may be considered by exception. NOTE: Acquisition workforce members who already […]

Time for Talent

Time for Talent

By Tara Clements and Steve Stark The Army DACM Discusses Talent Management FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 3, 2014) – Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, acquisition career management (DACM), discusses his approach to talent management in the latest Workforce Minute video from the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Williamson established a talent management team within the Army DACM Office at USAASC earlier this year, which he charged with instituting enterprisewide acquisition talent management for the civilian and military workforce. “Talent management is focused on creating a pool of the right […]

Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Program: A True National Asset

By Michael Mcgarvey, Deputy Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems From the foxhole to the Oval Office, effective communications are critical to the execution of countless DOD operations across the globe and around the clock. Comprising orbiting satellites and the earth terminals from and to which they relay data, satellite communications, or SATCOM, systems are perhaps the most strategic communications tools available to DOD, including its commander in chief. At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark initial operational capability (IOC) of the latest generation of DOD SATCOM terminals, Brig. Gen.(P) John B. Morrison, commander of the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), said, “This terminal is designed to be there when […]

Future [WORK]Force

Future [WORK]Force

Developing the Army’s next generation of scientists and engineers By Dr. Grace M. Bochenek and Ms. Jessica A. Smith   To maintain dominance, the Army must posture itself to proactively innovate, to identify promising technologies, to develop solutions and to deliver capabilities. A key part of delivering future capabilities is the creation of a flexible workforce of engineers and scientists with the right skills to support emerging areas of research and development. To achieve this, the Army must answer some not-so-straightforward questions: Which technical competencies will be required within the workforce in the next 25 years? The next 50? What will maintain the knowledge base and technology overmatch built over […]

October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

October Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: FY 15/16 Announcement – The Army Acquisition Pilot Product Director Board closes Nov. 14 The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) are pleased to announce the initial FY15/16 Pilot Product Director (PD) Selection Board. This is a pilot opportunity to compete for centrally selected PD positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). USAASC direct reporting unit Army Acquisition Workforce members and GS-14 or broadband equivalents are eligible to apply. A PD is defined as a leader for an Army acquisition system or program management office that has been designated by the assistant secretary of the Army […]

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

USAASC kicks-off 25th anniversary video contest

By Tara Clements   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) — As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is hosting a contest for best “shout-out” video. In celebration of the silver anniversary of the AAC, leaders and teams across the Army acquisition community recorded 25 videos of congratulations and thanks to the members of the AAC. Among the senior leaders included are the Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, the ASA(ALT) Principal Deputy, Mr. Gabriel Camarillo and the Principal Military […]

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Next Monday marks 25 years since then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), a specially trained, dedicated group of military and civilian acquisition leaders who develop, field and sustain the critical systems and services that enable our Soldiers to fight and win our nation’s wars. Not surprisingly, the Army acquisition community is celebrating in a big way. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), along with the Army acquisition community, has launched a campaign focused on people—the more than 12,000 members of the […]