By Michael Bold
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 6, 2021)—The Spring 2021 issue of Army AL&T magazine focuses on “Shaping Army Acquisition,” examining the culture of acquisition in the Army, what’s changed and what needs changing. As the Army modernizes to achieve overmatch against potential near-peer adversaries, while also battling a global pandemic, read how:
- USAMRDC’s new partnership with a global venture capital firm is working to find and fund future technology, in “WIDE REACH, BIG PAYOFF.”
- PEO EIS’s Applied Cyber Technologies designed an acquisition formula for a lightning-fast response to combat cyber threats, in “BUILT FOR SPEED.”
- Agile development and Soldier-centered design can at times be at odds, but they can also be mutually beneficial, as shown in 12 lessons learned in “SOLDIER-CENTERED AGILE.”
- PEO C3T has begun a pathfinder project to tackle identified gaps like infrastructure and data availability to build a foundation for enabling AI across our portfolio in blocks of capability. Find out more in “TACTICAL AI: NOT A CASTLE IN THE SKY.”
- In his latest installment of “On Contracting,” Dennis Longo unravels the competition requirements associated with foreign military sales and international agreements, in “COMPETITION IN COOPERATION.”
- As the United States and other major world powers set their sights on the high north, Jim DeHart, the State Department’s U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, is focused on keeping things cool. Read about him and his mission in “COOL UNDER PRESSURE.”
- The United States must not only allow commercial industry to bid on work, it must also recruit and encourage industry’s participation if it is to regain its technological warfighting edge. Read more in “HOW RELEVANT IS SPEED?”
- After 40-plus years in and around acquisition, a retiring Naval Postgraduate School senior lecturer says the big concerns about Army modernization revolve around culture, in “EXIT INTERVIEW: CULTURE STILL EATS STRATEGY.”
Included with the Spring issue of Army AL&T is the 2020 Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing, with the winning and honorable mention entries of the competition honoring Maj. Gen. Greene’s passion and dedication to Army acquisition.
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Spring 2021 Army AL&T
Even during a global pandemic, our military and civilian professionals get the job done
Through the change of administration, DOD is expected to keep a steady course
SHAPING ARMY ACQUISITION
USAMRDC’s new partnership works to find and fund future technology
Applied Cyber Technologies designed an acquisition formula for speed
A dozen lessons learned in Agile Soldier-Centered Design
ATIS is using human-centered design to provide value to Soldiers
FACES OF THE FORCE: TIFFANY R. MCCANTS
PPE and the pandemic culture change
GMU develops playbook for program managers to work with innovative industry
TACTICAL AI: NOT A CASTLE IN THE SKY
PEO C3T’s pathfinder project will pave the way for future AI enablers
ON CONTRACTING: COMPETITION IN COOPERATION
Unraveling competition requirements.
PM CAS meets an important Army modernization priority
FACES OF THE FORCE: MIKE COWPERTHWAIT
Get comfortable getting uncomfortable
Chemical Biological Protective Shelter program produces the final shelter
UNDERSTANDING ACQUISITION: THE COLORS OF MONEY
In defense acquisition financial management, there are no colors and no actual money
A senior U.S. diplomat is focused on keeping things cool in the Arctic
U.S. must not only allow commercial industry to bid on work, it must also recruit and encourage participation
EXIT INTERVIEW: CULTURE STILL EATS STRATEGY
Parting thoughts focus on how important the right culture is to doing modernization well
FROM THE DACM: WORLD-CLASS, FAIR AND CONSISTENT
ALAP adds more data for selection of key positions
Individual development plans help employees plan their career path
FACES OF THE FORCE: SFC ROBERT NICHOLSON
WHEN THE GOING IS TOUGH, GET HELP
Where to turn in this pandemic-fraught environment
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