Fort Belvoir, Va. (October 1, 2019)— Support of the future force involves countless people Soldiers are likely ever to meet: contracting specialists, researchers, procurement officers, lab techs, project managers, civilian and uniformed. These acquisition professionals provide support that covers everything from designing better packs for Soldiers, to inventing new gear to go in them; contracting for the services they need overseas, and treating their injuries in the field and at home. The Fall issue of Army AL&T opens a window to that work with a similarly broad range of articles.
- The future force will have problems we can’t anticipate today, and will need a way to solve them. Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne blazed a trail straight to the researchers at Vanderbilt University’s “Wond’ry.” IT STARTED WITH A WRENCH details this intriguing new partnership.
- A new communications system links wearable devices from Soldiers and medics with dashboard displays at hospitals, so doctors and surgeons don’t have to rely on a short, verbal report from flight medics about a patient’s condition, and medics are freer to concentrate on en-route care. FAST TURNAROUND covers the MEDHUB system and how USAMRDC and Army Futures Command worked to develop it.
- xTechSearch opens up another avenue for small businesses and other organizations besides traditional defense contractors to pitch their solutions and innovations to the Army. Adranos Inc. won the first competition with a clean propellant for rockets and missiles, as WINNING IS JUST THE START explains.
Visit the “Innovator’s Corner” at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting to learn more about xTechSearch and this year’s winner. While you’re there you can pick up a copy of the Fall issue of Army AL&T.
Be sure to check out our new platform for the Army AL&T e-magazine, at https://asc.army.mil/armyalt/Fall2019/html/. It’s the same great publication but on a spiffed-up site that makes it easier to read, share and save the commentary, analyses and workforce development news you rely on and contribute. In addition to making Army AL&T easy to navigate on a desktop computer, the new platform uses a mobile-friendly format to make the magazine just as easy to read on a smartphone or tablet.
Also, remember that Army AL&T is built on contributions from you, the Army Acquisition Workforce. For more information on how to publish an article in Army AL&T magazine or a Faces of the Force submission, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/ to see our writers guidelines, upcoming deadlines and themes.
Fall 2019 Army AL&T
FROM THE AAE
MODERNIZATION THROUGH UNITY OF EFFORT
Modernization means readiness now and in the future
SUPPORTING THE FUTURE FORCE
A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMPETITION
Army’s xTechSearch opens the door to innovation
WINNING IS JUST THE START
The winner of the first xTechSearch works to scale itself and its product
QUICK, COLLABORATIVE MEDICINE
Other transaction authority creates opportunities for innovative care
New tool to link flight medics with hospitals went from paper to test in 2 years
FACES OF THE FORCE: MAJ. JOHN M. CLOSE
Who’s who and what’s what
A HAPPY MEDIUM
Middle-tier acquisition provides flexibility for Army Network
SMALLER, FASTER BITES STREAMLINE ACQUISITION
Agile is the only way for two joint software projects
THE SQUAD AS AN INTEGRATED PLATFORM
PEO Soldier adopts a new way of thinking about close combat squads
FACES OF THE FORCE: STAFF SGT. CHARLES PRIHODA
Staying on top of the game
FORGING THE ARMY’S CYBER DEFENSE
The game of telephone ends at the Forge
Expanding partnerships through experimentation
EVERY OUNCE MATTERS
Moving away from brass ammo casings
JPEO A&A uses teaming and international partnerships to improve howitzer range
CCDC’S ROAD MAP TO MODERNIZING THE ARMY: AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE
Domes of protection
ASA(ALT) AT WORK
Meet PEO Soldier
IT STARTED WITH A WRENCH
3rd Brigade Combat Team creates a new model for innovation from the ground up. Leadership likes it.
AN ELEMENTAL ISSUE
Rare-earth materials are not so rare, but very important
CLEANING OUT THE GARAGE
USASAC explores how to expedite divestiture of Army’s old equipment
FACES OF THE FORCE: LAURA L. WICHLACZ
Doing > Talking
GETTING STARTED NOW
Advanced manufacturing should be baked into the beginning of new system development
HYPERSONICS BY 2023
Hypersonics and lasers follow electronic warfare successes
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: AN EXERCISE TO EXPERIENCE
Taking a page from combat training center rotations, to better challenge acquisition personnel
SOMETIMES SOFTWARE DOESN’T FIT
The Federal Acquisition Regulation is less than ideally suited to purchasing software
FROM THE DACM: DIGGING DEEPER
Supporting the future force by building a more technically savvy Army Acquisition Corps
LIFE AS A GHOST
SOCOM internship is invaluable experience
FACES OF THE FORCE: KEVIN KIRKWOOD II
Trust the process
THEN AND NOW: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
With Future Vertical Lift, the future summons the past
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