Army AL&T Magazine Announces 2019 Alties Winners

By April 13, 2020Army ALT Magazine
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by Mike Bold

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 13, 2020)—The editors have voted, the readers have voted, and the results are in.

Army AL&T magazine, the award-winning publication of the Army acquisition executive, announced today the winners of its annual “ALTies,” honoring the best article, commentary, graphic and photograph that appeared in the magazine in 2019.

“The quality of content we receive from the acquisition community continues to amaze me,” said Nelson McCouch III, the editor-in-chief of Army AL&T. “These winners represent the expertise and talent we have across the workforce. I’m proud of their work and continued support for Army AL&T magazine.”

The 2019 ALTies were awarded in two brackets: The Editors’ Pick, selected by Army AL&T’s editors in four categories from everything the magazine published last year, and the Audience Choice, chosen by our readers from a dozen or more nominees in two categories, narrowed down by our editors.

The winner of the Audience Choice award for best article was “Creating Insight-Driven Decisions,” by Ellen Summey of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). The article, which appeared in the Summer 2019 issue, explained how PEO EIS developed the Army Leader Dashboard, a secure, web-based application that Army leadership can access from any approved device. The runner-up was “Life as a Ghost,” by Maj. Jonathan Harmeling of the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In the Fall 2019 issue, he writes about his stint in the Ghost Program of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The winner of the Audience Choice award for best image went to “With Thanks,” by Cecilia Tueros of PEO EIS in the Fall 2019 issue, for her photo that appeared in the article “Forging the Army’s Cyber Defense.”

In the Editors’ Pick bracket, the best article award went to “Radio ANASOC,” by Benjamin Posil. His article in the Spring 2019 issue recounted the problems in standing up the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s radio network. Runner-up was “An Elemental Issue,” by Russell Parman in the Fall 2019 issue, while honorable mention went to “The Making of a Packard,” by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, John Higgins and Claire Heininger of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office in the Spring 2019 issue.

The best commentary ALTie went to “Magic Bullets,” by Dr. Gordon Cooke of the West Point Simulation Center and an associate professor in West Point’s Department of Military Instruction. His Summer 2019 commentary examined the moral and ethical implications of artificial intelligence on the battlefield. The runner-up choice was “Been There, Done That: An Exercise to Experience,” by Dr. Charles K. Pickar of the Naval Postgraduate School in the Fall 2019 issue. “So Much Data, So Little Time,” by Daniel E. Stimpson of the Army Director for Career Management Office in the Summer 2019 issue, won honorable mention.

In the best photo category, the winner was “Tech Takes Flight,” by Patrick Ferraris of PEO Soldier in the Fall 2019 issue. Runner-up was “Bird in the Hand” by Michelle Miller of PEO Aviation in the Fall 2019 issue.

The ALTie for best graphic goes to “Meet the Forge,” courtesy of PEO EIS in the Fall 2019 issue. Runner-up was “Shaping the Field,” courtesy of the Joint PEO for Armaments and Ammunition in the January 2019 issue. Honorable mention goes to “Tiered Defense,” by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command in the Fall 2019 issue.

Your name could be on next year’s ALTies list! Write an article or commentary, or design an ad for your organization, and send it to us at Your work could very well boost the profile of your organization while sharing valuable lessons with the community—and you could wind up with a new award to display.

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