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:
- Groundbreaking lessons on innovation are learned from the U.S. Army Reserve in OPERATIONALIZING INNOVATION IN THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE.
- The Office of Regulatory Affairs facilitates lifesaving medical advances. Don’t miss NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON.
- Tech-forward human performance programs are accelerating force readiness. Find out more in FIT FOR THE FUTURE.
- The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command seeks neutral ground on government access to intellectual property. Read more in TECHNICAL DATA ESCROW IS THE NEW BLACK.
- Armored Formation On-The-Move Network Pilot informs capability set designs in FUELING NETWORK MODERNIZATION.
- The RAIL system enables offloading at austere locations. Find out how in MORE AGILE POWER PROJECTION.
- CS23 enables Stryker squadrons to operate flexible network and situational awareness capabilities in THE POWER OF SOLDIER FEEDBACK.
- Nett Warrior and the ENVG-B provide Soldiers overmatch against adversaries. Learn more in THE BIG PICTURE.
- Find out how applying flexible source selection tools and processes to the procurement of a Commercial Tactical Vehicle hybridization solution is DRIVING CHANGE IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION.
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Fall 2022 Army AL&T
FROM THE AAE
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.
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.
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.
PEO EIS gets Air Force and partner support to deliver ArmyIgnitED as a fully functional tuition assistance portal for Soldiers and civilians.
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.
The RAIL system enables offloading at austere locations.
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.
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.
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.
New bunker designs will protect against brain injuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Army civilian delivers capabilities to Soldiers while LEAD-ing with experience.
The Army Software Factory is hastening the Army’s ability to develop tech talent from within.
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