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For an acquisition team to tackle its goals requires a strategy to close the gap between current and future needs by lining up the best possible workforce,... read more
For an acquisition team to tackle its goals requires a strategy to close the gap between current and future needs by lining up the best possible workforce, innovation and resources. IN THIS ISSUE: FROM THE AAE The challenges of change; Army acquisition is advancing from reform to strategic thinking ACQUISITION FACES OF THE FORCE: CAPT. RAVEN CORNELIUS; Contract specialist seeks to be ‘voice of the warfighter’ Deter and Defeat; Capabilities to fight a military peer have shrunk; war games, studies help HQDA put money where the greatest needs are Getting to Work; FAQs from Army Rapid Capabilities Office Director of Operations Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt RECALIBRATING REQUIREMENTS; ARCIC is looking to thaw the glacial pace of acquisition and speed capabilities to the warfighter A Rare FIND; Industry and ARCIC collaborate with FIND Vehicular Visions; Collaborating to tackle combat vehicle modernization A New Way of Thinking; Innovating to close the landmine capability gap Rethinking the Analysis; JPEO-CBD advances the art of analyzing the alternatives Just caall; Got a question? Upgraded lessons learned portal might have your answers Lesson Up; Writing up a lesson learned for the ALLP is easy Unintended Benefits; USASAC’s FMS efforts around the world have far-reaching impacts Meeting in the Middle; An operations research analyst brings new perspective to Army’s tactical network CHESS has another move; Government saves when sellers become bidders Aystemizing COTS IT; Initiative seeks to move commercial off-the-shelf systems into standard Army supply system LOGISTICS FACES OF THE FORCE: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program; A team of team leaders enabling information dominance LIFESAVING LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT; Central management of combat support hospitals’ equipment keeps advanced medical care at the ready SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACES OF THE FORCE: Mr. James “Jay” Clark; Excellence by design A NEW DIMENSION OF ACQUISITION; Using 3-D printing to meet Soldiers’ needs quickly and inexpensively MAGNIFYING OPEN SOURCE ADVANTAGES; ARL finds benefits outweigh risks with first open source software release REUSE, REFINE, RESOLVE; JTNC lessons learned in providing software-defined radio products to enable strategic acquisition HACKING for DEFENSE; Turning college students loose on national security problems Technically Speaking: ROBOTS DEVELOPING MUSCLE MEMORY; ARL uses sensors to help robots learn responses more quickly CONTRACTING FACES OF THE FORCE: MR. ANTHONY C. DUNAWAY; The challenges and rewards of OCONUS work Speed Contracting; Burn down the firewall: DIUx finds a way to work at the ‘speed of business’ Contract Optimization Pays Big Dividends; ECC-A and CCAS revamp service contracts for savings, efficiency CRITICAL THINKING SPEED AND URGENCY IN SILICON VALLEY; Tech innovators don’t want DOD’s money they want DOD’s problems DEPLOYING THE LEAN STARTUP METHOD; A disciplined approach to problem solving leads to success in Silicon Valley and beyond COMMENTARY Rule no. 1; Kill the program, not the customer Dreaming of a Strategy; Harry P. Hallock on the priorities and potential for streamlining defense acquisition Been there, Done that; Retiring PM reflects on programs that are too big to fail—and too big to succeed Big ‘A’ ACQUISITION Land force dominance requires a comprehensive acquisition process WORKFORCE FACES OF THE FORCE: Ms. Lindsey Miller; Be a sponge, and listen to your grandmother Swapping Intel; Strengthening ties with the intelligence community Where’s that program listed? Revamped website helps career development Hard Work Pays Off; Honoring 2016 contributors to acquisition excellence RECOGNIZING ARMY ACQUISITION ACHIEVEMENT; Army groups and individuals rewarded for their contributions to U.S. warfighters On the Move THEN & NOW SETTING A PACER FOR ACQUISITION; Tracing the origins of the integrated product team less
From our country’s earliest days, dissatisfaction with the defense acquisition system has been a recurring theme. Commission after commission and study... read more
From our country’s earliest days, dissatisfaction with the defense acquisition system has been a recurring theme. Commission after commission and study after study found the same problems: burdensome regulations, cost overruns, slipping schedules, poor management or performance and a lack of incentives for success. The solutions? Professionalize the workforce. Buy commercial. Increase competition. Centralize. Decentralize. Reorganize. And yet the problems persist. Now, however, there’s a growing groundswell for real acquisition reform—the theme of the October-December 2016 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Read about: Acquisition ‘reform’ is on the table again, as it has been at least once in each decade since the end of World War II. But this time there’s reason to believe that the current reforms aren’t merely reactive but deliberate and forward-looking—and, just maybe, effective. See “GROUNDHOG DAY ALL OVER AGAIN.” Building on lessons from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and taking a page from an Air Force playbook, the Army is creating a new office to address new threats. Get the scoop about the new Army Rapid Capabilities Office from its leadership in “SEIZING THE ADVANTAGE.” Vendors share prototypes for weapon sights in a new mix-and-match approach to building interoperability into integrated Soldier systems for the best overall performance at the best overall price. Read “COMPETITION MEETS COLLABORATION.” William J. Perry, secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, discusses acquisition reform, program managers and his worries about a nuclear catastrophe in “AT THE NUCLEAR BRINK.” With all due respect, defense leaders, you don’t know jack: A former program manager offers his idea for effective acquisition reform—giving milestone decision authority to PEOs. Read “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.” The president and CEO of Bell Helicopter draws on the company’s decades of defense experience to provide insights for the way ahead. Read “IMPROVING ACQUISITION: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE.” The Human Capital Strategic Plan: What does it mean for you? Find out in “A READY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE.” less
From machines to medicine, software to field support, almost everything the Army does involves industry. The smallest tech startup and the biggest defense... read more
From machines to medicine, software to field support, almost everything the Army does involves industry. The smallest tech startup and the biggest defense contractor are equally important contributors to the goal of honing the Army’s edge. While maintaining a collaborative relationship with these industry players is always important, it grows ever more critical as defense budgets shrink. IN THIS ISSUE: With its decisive military overmatch a thing of the past, the United States seeks to marshal all possible resources to drive innovation and provide the latest capabilities. Army AL&T’s editors found that the picture of collaboration that emerges is far from complete, in “MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN.” Big data analytics is a big thing in the world of high technology, and it’s especially important in cyber. A government off-the-shelf, open-source platform, part of a pilot program involving the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Enterprise Information Systems and U.S. Army Cyber Command, could lower costs and lead the way ahead. See “OPEN SOURCE BIG DATA.” From opening up export markets for U.S. armament manufacturers to finding ways to keep industrial base partners in business, a range of articles explores how PEO Ammunition keeps looking for new ways to work with industry. “While we constantly strive to develop breakthrough technologies in our labs and research, development and engineering centers, we also encourage the development of innovative solutions from industry partners, including small business firms,” the Honorable Katrina McFarland, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive, writes in “HIGH STAKES, HIGH REWARD.” The PEO for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical keeps up with rapid technological changes by taking a competitive approach to buying the latest commercial products to get the best to Soldiers faster, in “NETWORK MARKETPLACE: OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND GROWING.” An Army acquisition officer thought his advancement plans were derailed when he received orders to attend the resident course at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Instead, the course was life-altering. See “AN ADVOCATE FOR INNOVATION.” Learn how the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency finds efficiencies in medical materiel procurement, fielding and sustainment to reduce the logistical footprint and optimize readiness with limited resources in “INTEGRATING ARMY MEDICINE.” Craig A. Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, explains how Soldiers training with industry helps Army acquisition work better in “SHRINKING THE DIVIDE,” while an Army officer tells of learning firsthand where Amazon’s corporate values and those of the military merge and diverge, in “ONE ‘PECULIAR’ FELLOWSHIP.” less
The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is two in one. First, experts from acquisition, logistics and technology delve into sustainment: what it... read more
The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is two in one. First, experts from acquisition, logistics and technology delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Also, the new AAE lays out her priorities: people, products and processes. Then read the special 54-page section on acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process and fund and supply Afghan defense forces sustainably. IN THIS ISSUE FROM THE AAE People, Products and Processes Acting AAE committed to BBP, funding R&D and supporting the workforce Orchestrating SUSTAINMENT U.S. Army, the Marine Corps and a major defense contractor collaborate to sustain the howitzer fleet AREA DENIAL PM CCS, TACOM and ARDEC sustain an aging stockpile of mines LESSONS for the Long Haul Lessons learned in transitioning a quick reaction capability to the long term GROUND TRUTH: Lessons Learned Failing to develop a sustainment strategy from the outset can be costly PACIFIC PATHWAYS In an Indo-Asia-Pacific pivot, Army land forces help to overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SHARED VISION PEO C3T and CECOM leaders discuss how Army partnerships can make sustainment more effective BEYOND GPS Pseudolites help pave the Army’s path to assured PNT when satellite signals are compromised REACHING FOR THE CLOUD An Army ‘cloud’ is not far away and offers significant benefits for sustainment COMMON CAUSE Tobyhanna Army Depot and PEO C3T develop a strategic sustainment partnership DESTINATION: INTEGRATION The Common Operating Environment establishes a shared foundation of hardware and software DETECT AND CONFIRM A simple method for sensor fusion, simply stated PARTNERING UP The 82nd Airborne deployed to Iraq with a solid partnership with the 900th Contracting Battalion Keeping it Simple Leadership clichés can go a long way to solving organizational challenges SUSTAINMENT ON THE RAILS Being part of CSX’s mission makes Cindy Sanborn eager to come to work COST SAVINGS FROM THE BOTTOM UP ‘Clean-sheeting’ gives PMs new options to cut costs for sole-sourced products BETTER TO BEST Six Army programs turned better buying power into best buying power SUSTAINING A WORLD-CLASS SYSTEM Strategic human-capital planning aims to ensure an agile, adaptable workforce READINESS FIRST Ever-changing challenges require an active, adaptive response from U.S. Army Sustainment Command BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: STRATCOM STRONG First in a new series: A program document with astonishing powers SUSTAIN, MAINTAIN, TRAIN, RETAIN DAWDF strengthens the Army Acquisition Workforce through a variety of programs THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The most important acquisition career tool you’ve never heard of TRAIN, ADVISE, ASSIST CSTC-A’s mission: Bring Afghanistan into the 21st century with transparent, repeatable business processes THE CONTINUING MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN Working to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used effectively for a strong, capable ANDSF OPERATION: PROCUREMENT REFORM An effort to eliminate corruption in Afghanistan takes an operational approach BRINGING AFGHAN DEFENSE FORCES UNDER BUDGET Sustainability and affordability are key to CSTC-A’s work to aid Afghan defense leaders A YEAR OF FIRSTS The Resolute Support Mission has helped Afghanistan achieve many milestones A WISH LIST FOR AFGHANISTAN Some wish lists are the stuff of childhood dreams, but this one includes vital must-haves REACHING FOR READINESS Using a system-of-systems approach to establish materiel readiness EXPANDING HORIZON With the changing coalition mission in Afghanistan, contingency contracting has also changed markedly ROUND PEG, SQUARE HOLE A different kind of FMS system is needed to support Afghan defense forces less
Army AL&T January – March 2016 issue - The Army's big business of small business With billions in contracting dollars going to small businesses for... read more
Army AL&T January – March 2016 issue - The Army's big business of small business With billions in contracting dollars going to small businesses for both products and services, there's no question that small companies are big business for the Army. That's why the January – March issue of Army AL&T magazine is dedicated to small business, online now at http://usaasc.armyalt.com/#folio=1. Tommy Marks, director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs, has been in that job for less than a year, but he's no stranger to the Army or to acquisition, having retired as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of active duty service. Since college, he said, "It's been all Army." Now he's employing the expertise he gained to help the Army find the most innovative technology, the best services and help build and sustain the Army's industrial base from the ground up. Read “It’s all in the delivery” on page 14. Some of the small businesses that participated in the first Cyber Innovation Challenge at SoSE&I were micro companies, but that didn't prevent them from getting "In the 'Shark Tank' " to get the Army interested in their technology. Read about the innovative way that the directorate went after cutting-edge technology on page 82. From the other side of the small business fence come the perspectives and voices of entrepreneurs—many if not most former military personnel—who discuss the benefits and difficulties of doing business with the Army. From tacking requests for proposals to the many Catch-22s, to the ultimate return on investment—helping the warfighter. Read "An Honor and a Challenge" in Critical Thinking on page 118. Also on the business side of things, in the should-read/must-read category: The verdict is in on the Better Buying Power initiative best known as "should cost," which challenges PMs to throw out their assumptions and preconceptions and look at what a program really should cost. Should-cost works, and has saved many millions. In " 'Should' Does," on page 98, the ASA(ALT) PARCA looks at how to help the initiative move forward and work even better across all the phases of development. AMC is responsible for ensuring that warfighters have everything they need to respond to any new conflict, and its offices of small business programs are responsible for ensuring that small businesses are considered at every step of Army acquisition. Learn how they do it in "Driving Small Business Success," on page 34. The January – March issue also marks the last column the current Army acquisition executive, the Hon. Heidi Shyu, as she steps down. Gabe Camarillo, her principle deputy, contributes a heartfelt tribute to his boss, her sense of humor and her practical-minded approach to Army acquisition. The new issue also has more than small business, including "The Future of Wearable Tech." Real-time physiological status monitoring is technology that not only is continuing to advance but also enabling the science and technology community to fine tune and enhance Soldier performance with continuous monitoring of the Soldier's physiological state—and preventing driving them to the point of failure Read the January – March edition online at usaasc.armyalt.com to view the interactive features and online extras. The app version is available on the Apple iOS App Store and on Google Play. To view pdfs of the current past Army AL&T magazine go to http://asc.army.mil/web/magazine/alt-magazine-archive/. less
Innovation is often assumed to be the next big thing, but more often, it’s incremental upgrades to the way things are done, built or contracted. That’s... read more
Innovation is often assumed to be the next big thing, but more often, it’s incremental upgrades to the way things are done, built or contracted. That’s why Army AL&T’s Editorial Advisory Board wanted us to focus on innovative approaches to acquisition. We made it the theme for the October – December edition of Army AL&T, which is online now and will be available in hard copy at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition. This newest edition of Army AL&T is packed with ways that organizations have innovated to make processes work more smoothly, from acquiring ammunition to fielding capability sets to making logistics go like clockwork. Articles discuss innovations such as simultaneously building and integrating prototypes; a multiyear effort to change from a performance specification to a technical data package; red-teaming product development and making Soldiers a part of the process, to name just a few. Readers will also find a moving tribute to the Hon. Claude M. Bolton Jr., former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, whose sudden passing in July was a blow to his many friends and former colleagues across the services. The new edition also has a special section on foreign military sales (FMS), an important tool for the government and the Army in promoting U.S. interests abroad and at home. FMS cases have accelerated recently—a good thing for the taxpayer, the Army and the United States’ allies and partner nations. For the taxpayer, FMS helps to avoid the cost of mothballing, demilitarizing or otherwise disposing of vast stores of unneeded materiel. For the Army, FMS helps keep the industrial base warm, retains much-needed talent and furthers good relations with partner nations. For U.S. allies and partner nations, it provides the possibility of greater security at home, not to mention gaining potential capabilities that many nations can only dream of acquiring. Read the interactive e-magazine at http://usaasc.armyalt.com/?iid=128417#folio=1. less
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