ARMY AL&T FALL ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT ACQUISITION SPEED

By October 4, 2022Commentary, General
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by Cheryl Marino

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 4, 2022)—The Fall 2022 issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on acquisition at speed. Over the years, the acquisition community has struggled with exactly what kind of speed it wants: speed in acquisition, acquisition speed, acquisition at the speed of technology, acquisition at the speed of relevance and now acquisition at speed. According to Army AL&T editor-in-chief Nelson McCouch III, of all the permutations mentioned, “acquisition at speed” hits closest to the mark. “ ‘At speed’ simply means quickly—not at the pace of technology or relevance, or speed just for speed’s sake, but as quickly as possible while doing required checks and tests to deliver the very best product possible to our Soldiers.” In this issue, you will find multiple examples of program executive offices performing acquisition at speed and delivering world-class solutions to our warfighters in the process. Read how:

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Fall 2022 Army AL&T

FROM THE AAE

ACCELERATED ACQUISITION

Speed is a winning strategy for the Army and America.

ACQUISITION AT SPEED

OPERATIONALIZING INNOVATION IN THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE

Lessons learned from Project Daedalus, a mobile app for the Army Reserve, show how innovation can be fostered by Reserve Soldiers—and the obstacles that confront them.

NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON

USAMRDC’s Office of Regulatory Affairs facilitates the development of future medical materiel by making sure that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.

FIT FOR THE FUTURE

By uniting programs that assess how to best collect and use Soldier fitness and wellness data and activities with performance development programs, the Army is helping to ensure that tomorrow’s Soldiers are equipped with the advanced human performance knowledge, skills and resources they need to succeed in future operational environments.

TECHNICAL DATA ESCROW IS THE NEW BLACK

CECOM is shaking up technical data acquisition by seeking neutral ground on government access to intellectual property.

FACES OF THE FORCE: ABHIRAM PALIVELA

Business as usual.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY APPROACH TO ACQUISITION DRIVES FIGHTING VEHICLE PROCESS

The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle design provides a case study for how the Army can change the way requirements are defined, refined and stabilized in support of acquiring new, complex ground combat weapons systems.

‘AID’ FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE

PEO EIS gets Air Force and partner support to deliver ArmyIgnitED as a fully functional tuition assistance portal for Soldiers and civilians.

FUELING NETWORK MODERNIZATION

Armored Formation-On-The-Move Network pilot informs capability-set designs. Leveraging data will drive solutions that increase network resiliency and the mobility, survivability and lethality of armored formations to enable successful resolution of future multidomain missions.

MORE AGILE POWER PROJECTION

The RAIL system enables offloading at austere locations.

THE POWER OF SOLDIER FEEDBACK

CS23 enables Stryker squadrons to operate flexible network and situational awareness capabilities from inside the hull out to the area of operations on the ground, thanks to Soldier feedback from CS21.

THE BIG PICTURE

When used together, Nett Warrior and the ENVG-B’s common operating picture provide Soldiers overmatch against adversaries.

FACES OF THE FORCE: OMAR SIAJE

The bigger picture and beyond.

DRIVING CHANGE IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION

Lessons learned from applying flexible source selection tools and processes to the procurement of a commercial tactical-vehicle hybridization solution.

FEATURE ARTICLES

HOT AND COLD

For years, the Army has used ambient temperature extrapolation as a shortcut in test and evaluation, but electronically controlled powertrains have changed things and the Army test community is identifying new risks from an old Army practice—and potential cost savings.

A BETTER BUNKER

New bunker designs will protect against brain injuries.

SHAPING AVIATION’S FUTURE

The Combat Aviation Brigade Architecture Integration Lab enables aviation warfighters and materiel developers to co-develop, integrate and examine maturing systems and capabilities and improve the force in a streamlined manner.

FACES OF THE FORCE: VIVIANA GUTIERREZ JIMENEZ

Bring your A-game.

THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Joint effort between the ERDC and the U.S. Air Force means the B-52 will fly on.

FACES OF THE FORCE: ROBIN TITTLE SR.

Make it personal.

ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT MODERNIZATION PLAN

DOD ammunition production facilities will get critical modernization effort to sustain production.

CRITICAL THINKING

STAYING THE COURSE

Greg Chappelle has been running STEM programs with underserved populations since before the rest of the world knew what STEM meant. He’s not giving up efforts to keep the Native STEM program afloat, even when funds run out.

WORKFORCE

FROM THE DACM: THE ARMY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

Workplace cultures that include telework, remote work and flexible work schedules are what the newer generations don’t just look for in a job, but expect. These workplace benefits will place DOD and the U.S. Army as employers of choice.

CAREER NAVIGATOR: CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE

Credentials help acquisition professionals to tailor their education and training to their careers, but credentials are not the same as certifications.

FIRST IN CLASS

The first to complete her MSL degree in the pilot cohort of the DASA(P)-sponsored program at GW Law, Corey L. Richards explains the program and why she wanted in.

BECOMING THE MIDDLEMAN

An Army civilian delivers capabilities to Soldiers while LEAD-ing with experience.

FOR SOLDIERS BY SOLDIERS

The Army Software Factory is hastening the Army’s ability to develop tech talent from within.

ON THE MOVE

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