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 […]

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

Army AL&T magazine celebrates 25 years of Army acquisition

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 1, 2014)—The new edition of Army AL&T magazine is here and it’s all about people—the 38,000-strong Army Acquisition Workforce with special recognition for the 25th anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). The AAC, the core of the workforce, is made up of more than 12,000 men and women, experts in engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics, and other Acquisition fields, serve as an example of the professionalism and excellence of those who dedicate themselves to protect and support Soldiers across the globe. October 13, 1989, marks the date that then Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono approved the creation of the AAC, […]

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

ASA(ALT) general hosts first-ever Facebook town hall

By Tara Clements FT. BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 24, 2014) – The Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) connected virtually with members of the Army acquisition community for ASA(ALT)’s first ever Facebook town hall, “Acquisition Workforce Opportunities,” with the top officer in charge of career management. The event was hosted on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Facebook page on Sept. 11. “I view this event as a great way to interact directly with Army acquisition professionals,” said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson in an email to acquisition leaders promoting the event. Williamson is the principal military deputy to the ASA(ALT) and […]

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

September Army DACM Office Hot Topics

Hot Topic #1: The Annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In November 2004, the Army director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) spearheaded the implementation of the automated Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The directive was suspended in January 2005, but the SRPE remained a requirement for civilian AAW members applying for Centrally Selected List positions, Senior Service College and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows program. SRPE has been very successful in ensuring equitable competition for these programs, and has also provided senior leaders with a tool to assess and identify leadership potential among their workforce. […]

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

By Karen Kurtz WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the establishment of the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Award for Writing to be presented to the winners of the writing competition launched earlier this summer to help shape the public dialogue on Army acquisition issues. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service […]

Exchanging Perspectives

Exchanging Perspectives

Training with Industry program brings best practices from private sector to Army acquisition By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Sometimes the best way to further an Army acquisition career is to get out of the Army—but just briefly. The Training with Industry (TWI) program is helping Army acquisition officers do just that, providing competitively selected officers with extensive, hands-on exposure to managerial techniques and industrial procedures at 10 companies across the United States, including Amazon.com Inc., Intel Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. “Performing well in your job and demonstrating you can do this consistently over time in all of your [acquisition] assignments will best posture an officer to progress,” said Lt. Col. […]