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NEW DLA OFFICE PROVIDES OVERSIGHT FOR JOINT EXPEDITIONARY CONTRACTING

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) stood up a new organization in October 2008 to oversee expeditionary contracting activities for combat, post-conflict, and contingency operations. According to its director, Tim Freihofer, the new Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office (JCASO) will help meet a congressional mandate that ordered the Department of Defense to implement a “programmatic approach to fix problems which exist in contingency contracting and contingency acquisition management.”

The need for better contract oversight stems from the larger number of contractors on the battlefield than in past operations. JCASO will eliminate the need for staff contracting elements at each regional command by providing a 28-member unit capable of deploying two 5-member teams.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Defense Contracting Agency also were considered as possible parent organizations for JCASO. DLA was chosen because it currently supports the combatant commands and geographical areas needing the services, it already has the mission of sustainment support, and it has acquisition management experience.

TRANSPORTATION CORPS PROMOTES FIRST FEMALE CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER (W–5)

Chief Warrant Officer (W–4) Jennifer E. Trossbach became the first woman in the history of the Transportation Corps to attain the rank of chief warrant officer (W–5) when she was promoted in December at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

The promoting officer, Major General James E. Chambers, the commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Virginia, observed, “We need to congratulate her [Trossbach] because she’s the first woman CW5 in the Transportation Corps and it’s an Army milestone.” Noting the recent promotion of a logistician, General Ann E. Dunwoody, as the first female four-star officer in U.S. history, General Chambers added, “This is a great year for accomplishments by great women.”

CW5 Trossbach is a marine engineering officer assigned to the Marine Engineering Division, Maritime Training Center, an academic department of the Army Transportation Center and School at Fort Eustis. On active duty since 1985, she was appointed as a warrant officer in 1991 and initially served as a small tug chief engineer with the 73rd Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion. In 2004, while deployed to Kuwait as an armor integration officer, she was awarded the Bronze Star for her actions in coordinating the efforts to add armor to the brigade’s tactical and commercial mission-essential vehicles. CW5 Trossbach also served as the Army Training and Doctrine Command capability manager in transportation and helped to develop the 2008 Army Watercraft Master Plan.

DLA AND TRANSCOM MERGING ASSET VISIBILITY PROGRAMS

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) are merging the infrastructure and service-oriented architecture of DLA’s Integrated Data Environment and the data and applications supporting TRANSCOM’s Global Transportation Network. Lockheed-Martin Corporation and its teaming partners received the initial convergence contract for the “IGC.” The “I” and the “G” stand for the first initial of each system, and the C stands for “convergence.” The IGC will provide a single place to access common data, business services, and information regarding in-storage and in-transit asset visibility. It will also establish and provide common, cohesive, integrated data services for supply, distribution, and logistics management information for combatant commands, the military services, and other Federal agencies.

WATER PLANNING GUIDE UPDATED AND AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET

The Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) Planning Data Branch has updated the Water Planning Guide that provides potable and nonpotable water consumption rates for use in planning and modeling. The guide provides rates extrapolated for theater-level planning and detailed rates for each functional area, and it gives users the option of customizing rates to suit their requirements. The new version includes a small section on ice and a section on bottled water distribution planning. The water support equipment consumables section has been updated to include newer equipment.

Users can access the Water Planning Guide through the CASCOM Planning Data Branch website at https://www.cascom.army.mil/
private/CDI/FDD/Multi/PDB/Water.htm
or through the Quartermaster Center and School Petroleum and Water Department website at www.quartermaster.army.mil/pwd/pwd_water.html.

CONTAINER SECURITY SYSTEM TO PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION OF MILITARY CARGO

In September 2008, the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) deployed a container security system that detects tampering to protect military container shipments from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The CommerceGuard container security system, by GE Security, Inc., reports the security status of each container, alerting TRANSCOM if doors have been opened without authorization. The security device is placed inside the doors of the container and is then armed for shipment with a handheld reader. CommerceGuard is the first market-ready security technology that can be placed inside a container and can detect when doors have been opened. CommerceGuard also can provide the security status of a container via a global information network to customers.

Commercial shippers already use CommerceGuard, and fixed readers are deployed at more than 20 major seaports around the world. GE Security, Mitsubishi Corporation, Samsung C&T Corporation, and Siemens Building Technologies own the system jointly.


ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND WINS SHINGO PRIZES FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Six Army Materiel Command (AMC) programs were recognized with the 2008 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence Public Sector Prize. The premier manufacturing award highlights the value of using Lean and world-class manufacturing practices to achieve operational excellence.
The Red River Army Depot heavy expanded-mobility tactical truck (HEMTT) team in Texarkana, Texas, brought home a silver medallion for implementing Lean processes that have resulted in a 75-percent improvement in HEMTT recapitalization cycle time.

Bronze medallion winners were the Patriot missile team and the tactical trailer team at Red River, the biological integrated system team at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pennsylvania, and the AN/AM–189 maintenance shop van team and AN/TYQ–23 command and control system team at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania.

Since 2005, AMC organizations have won 23 Shingo awards.

(Photo by Justin Carmack, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, PAO)

NEW JFCOM ORGANIZATION PROVIDES TAILORED LOGISTICS EXPERTISE

A new organization within the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) now provides tailored, specialized support and expertise to joint force commanders. The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), activated in October 2008 at Norfolk, Virginia, delivers new tools to combatant commanders, including tools for logistics coordination and execution.

JECC will field joint deployable teams with expertise in four areas: logistics, operations, plans, and information superiority and knowledge management. These teams will assist joint force commanders in quickly establishing headquarters and in planning and executing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

These joint enabling capabilities teams provide the joint force commanders with the individual and collective skills to better understand the operational environment, plan fully integrated joint operations, coordinate unified actions, and prepare implementation directives and orders for subordinate tactical formations in rapidly changing environments.

Besides the joint deployable teams, JECC can also provide joint force commanders with modular assets from the Joint Communications Support Element, the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, and the Intelligence-Quick Reaction Team, which have become part of the new command.

Over the next year, most of JECC will move to Suffolk, Virginia, where the Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) is headquartered. The move will synchronize the rapid deployability of the JECC with efforts by the JWFC to train the warfighter for worldwide contingency operations.

NEW JFCOM ORGANIZATION PROVIDES TAILORED LOGISTICS EXPERTISE

A new organization within the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) now provides tailored, specialized support and expertise to joint force commanders. The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), activated in October 2008 at Norfolk, Virginia, delivers new tools to combatant commanders, including tools for logistics coordination and execution.

JECC will field joint deployable teams with expertise in four areas: logistics, operations, plans, and information superiority and knowledge management. These teams will assist joint force commanders in quickly establishing headquarters and in planning and executing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

These joint enabling capabilities teams provide the joint force commanders with the individual and collective skills to better understand the operational environment, plan fully integrated joint operations, coordinate unified actions, and prepare implementation directives and orders for subordinate tactical formations in rapidly changing environments.

Besides the joint deployable teams, JECC can also provide joint force commanders with modular assets from the Joint Communications Support Element, the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, and the Intelligence-Quick Reaction Team, which have become part of the new command.

Over the next year, most of JECC will move to Suffolk, Virginia, where the Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) is headquartered. The move will synchronize the rapid deployability of the JECC with efforts by the JWFC to train the warfighter for worldwide contingency operations.

ARMY AWARDS $1.2 BILLION CONTRACT TO UPGRADE HEAVY TACTICAL VEHICLES

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is adding more than 6,000 upgraded vehicles to the family of heavy tactical vehicles through a 3-year contract with the Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. In November 2008, Oshkosh began delivering the updated vehicles, including heavy expanded-mobility tactical trucks (HEMTTs), palletized load systems (PLSs) and PLS trailers, and heavy equipment transporters. The new HEMTT A4 (above) is included in the contract. The contract also includes a long-term armor strategy for all three vehicles. This strategy ensures that vehicles come off the assembly line fitted with upgraded suspensions and integral composite armor kits and are ready to receive add-on armor kits in theater.

(Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Defense)

FIRST ARMY SUSTAINABILITY REPORT OUTLINES ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS

Army leaders released the first-ever Army sustainability report on 14 November 2008. The Army 2007 Sustainability Report highlights environmental milestones that the Army has achieved and the Army’s plans for meeting its sustainability goals. The report states that Army sustainability is the product of the Army’s alignment of its mission with its stewardship responsibilities to the environment, the community, and the Army budget.

Keith E. Eastin, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, said, “This report highlights the Army’s current accomplishments in sustainability, while setting a baseline for which we will measure all accomplishments in the future.”

The fiscal year 2007 Army strategy for the environment includes goals presented in Army Strategy for the Environment: Sustain the Mission, Secure the Future. The goals, developed in 2004, challenge the Army to—

  • Foster ethics that promote environmental compliance and sustainability.
  • Strengthen its operational capability by minimizing its environmental footprint.
  • Sustain land, air, and water resources to achieve training, testing, and mission objectives now and in the future.
  • Integrate sustainability principles and practices in an effort to minimize the environmental impact and total ownership costs of Army systems, materiel, facilities, and operations.
  • Enhance the quality of life for Army families and communities.
  • Meet needs and predict future challenges through sustainability principles and innovative technology.

In fiscal year 2007, the Army built 78 percent of its new construction projects using the U.S. Green Building Council leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) standards. LEED buildings have cut Army-facility energy use 8.4 percent since fiscal year 2003.

The full sustainability report is available online at the Army Environmental Policy Institute website at www.aepi.army.mil.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED DOCTRINE

NEW ARMY INTERMEDIATE CONTRACTING LABORATORY OFFERED THROUGH ALMC

The Army Logistics Management College has added a new course at its Huntsville Campus in Alabama. The 2-week Army Intermediate Contracting Laboratory (AICL) provides hands-on training in using software called Procurement Desktop-Defense (PD2).

Contingency contracting teams, contracting directorates at Army installations, and contracting offices in the Army Corps of Engineers are some of the organizations using PD2. The software tool supports all phases of the procurement cycle, from entering the customer’s requirements to closing out or terminating the contract. PD2 software uses desktop menus with images of filing cabinets, folders, routing envelopes, and documents to emulate the office environment while dividing procurement functions into three contract phases: requirements, pre-award and award, and post-award.

Students will receive instruction in the software followed by hands-on practical exercises that reinforce PD2 operating skills.

The Army Acquisition Support Center is sponsoring the course, which will be taught by a Government contractor. Each AICL is scheduled to immediately follow an Army Acquisition Intermediate Contracting Course. AICL is open to officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and Department of the Army civilians who have previously completed the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act level 1 training in contracting. Prospective students should also be assigned to organizations using PD2 software to create and track contracts. Students will earn 60 continuous learning points for completing AICL. For more information, visit the Army Intermediate Contracting Laboratory webpage at http://www.alu.army.mil/hsv/aicl.htm.

LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS HANDBOOK PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR NEW POSITIONS

The Combined Arms Center and the Center for Army Leadership released a new guide in November 2008 that provides insight for leaders transitioning into new positions at all levels. The Leadership Transitions Handbook provides a systematic approach that can be customized to fit the needs of both new and seasoned leaders as they progress in their careers.

The handbook includes tips on assessing and achieving self-understanding and organizational understanding, building credibility, creating a cohesive team and routine, eliminating constraints, and sustaining operations.

Colonel Bruce J. Reider, director of the Center for Army Leadership, explained that the Army transitions leaders regularly but has not formalized the process from a leadership development perspective. “It is imperative that leadership transitions occur efficiently and effectively particularly during this era of persistent conflict and high operations tempo,” Reider said.

Leaders can access the new handbook on the Center for Army Leadership webpage through the Army Knowledge Online website at www.us.army.mil/suite/page/376783.

 

 

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