PEO IEW&S contract planning tool shows the way to successful execution

PEO IEW&S contract planning tool shows the way to successful execution

Delivering now PEO IEW&S contract planning tool literally shows the way to successful execution of myriad actions at once. by Mr. John Higgins “Deliver now” has become an unofficial motto of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). So what does that mean? If you’ve heard the phrase “live in the now,” you have an idea. But PEO IEW&S deals with a very specific part of “now”—the now where our warfighters are at risk. In order to keep pace with threats from the intensely detail-oriented vantage point of contracting, the PEO headquarters’ Contract Planning Division has implemented several tools to help program managers (PMs) understand […]

Speeding Up Acquisition Awareness

Speeding Up Acquisition Awareness

by Abel Trevino  Defense Acquisition University (DAU) regularly develops case studies for educational purposes to emphasize acquisition in action. In DAU’s case-study-based curriculum, students spend weeks reviewing case studies that include the Army combat glove, the Navy’s advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, the Air Force F-18 software acquisition and dozens of others. While it often takes months to research and develop these case studies, DAU is also looking at ways to make the process go faster. With support from Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, DAU personnel are speeding up the release cycle by collecting acquisition stories and developing micro-case studies in defense innovation as videos and […]

An unexpected angle on cost control

An unexpected angle on cost control

How a relatively little-known cost estimating tool can help prevent and correct contract overruns when other methods have fallen short. by Mr. Anthony J. Nicolella When a contractor regularly overruns the estimated cost of a contract, the solution may lie in a tool that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) does not require but, when properly implemented, can make all the difference: the most probable cost estimate, known as MPC. If you needed to buy a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for your house, you would get prices on several, then look at future costs in terms of energy and repairs, filters, etc. Should you go for the cheapest […]

Ostrowski outlines Army’s plan to streamline acquisition

Ostrowski outlines Army’s plan to streamline acquisition

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 24, 2018)—Warning that “we have no choice but to get engaged in changing the culture,” Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski outlined the Army’s plan to speed acquisition during Wednesday’s roadshow here. The Army Acquisition Workforce’s focus, said Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Army acquisition executive, has to always be the U.S. Soldiers in harm’s way: “I’ve got to get that capability out there faster. I’ve got to think of innovative ways to do so. And I’ve got to make it such that Soldiers are as force-protected, as lethal and as situationally aware that we can possibly make them because we owe that […]

Simple Intent, Complex Mission

Simple Intent, Complex Mission

An eight-month assignment as chief of contracting in Kandahar yields an abundance of lessons learned. by Maj. Michael Z. Keathley The commander’s intent for U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command – Afghanistan—the clear, concise expression of what the force must do and the conditions it must establish to accomplish the mission while allowing subordinates the greatest possible freedom of action—directs Soldiers and civilians to “stay left of bang,” “exploit the data” and “leave lasting footprints.” These three axioms have worked well to produce successful contracting operations. But between the seemingly simple principles and the successes is a universe of best practices based on lessons learned in contracting environments that are anything […]

Better, faster, cheaper

Better, faster, cheaper

PEO EIS’ Defensive Cyber Operations office is achieving rapid acquisition of constantly evolving IT by using consortium-based other transaction authority. by Lt. Col. Scott Helmore and Tom Cole, Brig. Gen., USA (Ret.) How to acquire and provide capability better, faster and cheaper has been a consistent theme in defense acquisition for decades. In this era of cyber, information technology (IT) and software-intensive systems, technology moves faster than the traditional acquisition system can support. Traditional timelines for requirements, funding, development, production and fielding span years. By the time systems are delivered to Soldiers, the need they were designed to fill may be several years old. This problem has confounded Army leadership, […]

CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

CJTF-HOA contracting office contributes to regional stability, prosperity with first vendor day in Mogadishu

The Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office (CCO) initiated and organized a vendor day at Mogadishu International Airport, Somalia, July 12. Engaging employment from local businesses helps shape the environment of the U.S. and its regional partners through relationships and agreements, which builds trust, dependability and shared security interests. According to CJTF-HOA contracting officer U.S. Army Maj. Curtis Sampson, the groundwork for this initiative was laid before his April 2017 arrival to Camp Lemonnier, and the contracting office leadership fully supported the idea of helping open the local vendor market in Mogadishu. “This effort stemmed from a proposal to decrease the number of items being […]

Give more, get more

Give more, get more

PM Mission Command gave potential developers of the new artillery command and control system more time, more information and more latitude to approach the problem in new ways. In return, the government got more competitive proposals and a more flexible solution that ideally will yield a more user-friendly interface. by Ms. Sandra Lindecamp, Ms. Elizabeth A. Keele and Mr. Dan Lafontaine Like any complex command-and-control system, the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) has undergone multiple software upgrades and enhancements since its first fielding in 1995. AFATDS provides critical fires command-and-control capability for the Army and Marine Corps, and the upgrades have included automatic processing of fire requests, munition […]

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug 24, 2017)—The 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected six candidates for reclassification. U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Tony Badger Sgt. Adrian Baladad Sgt. Josephine Bergren Staff Sgt. Henry Caldera Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Garza Sgt. Amanda Payton This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the USAASC and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. Selectees and non-selectees soon will receive an email with post-board guidance. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce.  

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

By Tristin Maximilian FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) have been selected for the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program, offering the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in acquisition and business disciplines at civilian universities. “The Army offers so many untapped opportunities to service members. There truly is no other program for enlisted service members like ACS,” said Staff. Sgt. Kailey Good-Hallahan, one of the selectees. She will pursue an MBA with a focus on supply chain and operations at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the next year. Good-Hallahan  serves as a contracting NCO for the 715th Senior Contingency Contracting Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “Being able to […]