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EMPHASIZE SUPPORTABILITY EARLY

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A UNIQUE TOOL: LCIAT homepage allowing registered users to access and use the tool’s assessment functions. This tool helps supportability project officers and project team members identify potential supportability and…

THE ‘PITCH AND CATCH’ MOVEMENT APPROACH

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DRAWING UP PLANS: Members of 80th MCT support multiple III Corps units at Port Arthur, Texas, in anticipation of the Defender-Europe 2020 deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. First Class…

VIRTUAL REVIEW

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EXAMINING THE GOODS: A Soldier from the 595th Sapper Company looks at the TSO dispenser launcher modules in the back of a M113 in support of a Soldier Touch Point…

EMBRACING DIGITAL ENGINEERING

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CONTAMINANT FREE ZONE: The NBCRV’s upgraded sensor suite package will use the Manned-unmanned teaming concept to allow detection of CBRN threats at a distance using unmanned air and ground vehicles,…

RAPID ROBOTIC REQUIREMENT RELAY

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CARRYING THE BATON: The Ripsaw M5 is a robotic combat vehicle (RCV) developed by Textron Systems and Howe & Howe Technologies Inc. This platform features an optionally tethered unmanned aerial…

PRESERVING LIVES ON THE NEW BATTLEFIELD

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SUPPORTING THE SOLDIER, LITERALLY: For dismounted Soldiers in the field, one of the most common injuries is from carrying nearly 100 pounds of gear for extended periods, often over rough…

THE ARMY’S VANTAGE POINT

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    PEO EIS is in uncharted territory, constructing a 360-degree view of the Army’s data landscape.   by Ellen Summey “I don’t think there is one single leader we…

ON CONTRACTING: AVOID BRIDGES TO NOWHERE

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BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: Bridge contracts are often used to prevent service disruption after a contract ends, when a new contract is not immediately awarded. They are intended to ‘bridge’ the…

Acquisition “Sound Bite” Videos Simplify Contracting Concepts

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    by Ellen Summey Acquisition is a notoriously complex beast. Enter Dennis Longo, the advocate for competition, task and delivery order ombudsman and senior procurement analyst for Army Contracting…

THE NOTICE I NEVER KNEW

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MAZE OF DEFINITIONS: Knowing the definitions of terms in the FAR is essential. In April 2019, the GSA published a pre-solicitation notice requesting industry’s interest to provide warehouse space. Two…

INNOVATION DAYS: CONCEPT, PROTOTYPE, DELIVER

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EVALUATION TIME: The second RCCTO innovation day event included leaders, technical experts and Soldiers from across Army organizations to serve on panels. They were grouped based on technology topic, to…

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NEW ISSUE OF ARMY AL&T EXPLORES ‘FIELDING THE FUTURE’

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by Ellen Summey   FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 06, 2020)—It’s the very nature of Army acquisition—always looking to the future. Despite being faced with an unexpected challenge in the COVID-19…

EVERY MINUTE COUNTS

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THE VIRTUAL FUTURE: 1st Sgt. Michael Weaver, 1-31st Field Artillery Battalion, 434th Field Artillery Brigade, uses virtual reality to take an early look at components of the Army’s new prototype…

DREAMS OF FLIGHT

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LIKE A CHEETAH: Mullins recruited prosthetic maker Van Phillips to help develop new prostheses for her sports career. He employed material engineers to invent the “cheetah leg,” woven carbon-fiber prostheses…

THE UPSIDE OF ISOLATION

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    by Michael Bold   When I spoke with Aimee Mullins in April, California Gov. Gavin Newsom had just imposed a stay-at-home order on the state because of the…

MEASURE WHAT MATTERS

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ENGAGING THE STAKEHOLDER: The 418th CSB was able to identify delays in the acquisition process that could trigger a bridging action by measuring what matters—early and integrated planning with requiring activity…