Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2011 Contents The 38th Chief of Staff of the Army,
GEN Raymond T. Odierno, recently
highlighted his priorities by stating
simply, "Soldiers are the strength of
our Army." In that same vein, Ms. Heidi Shyu,
the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for
Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, declared
the acquisition theme for this year's Associa-
tion of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual
Meeting as "Soldiers as the Decisive Edge."
The focus on the Soldier after a decade of con-
flict in two wars is self-evident: It is the Soldier
who wins wars, not a piece of equipment or a
well-written policy. Enabling the Soldier with
the capability to accomplish the mission is the
key to making Soldiers the decisive edge. How
well we, as Acquisition Corps professionals,
seamlessly integrate the more than 650 acqui-
sition programs we manage with the Soldier is
more critical today than ever.
Thus, this issue focuses on how we, in acquisi-
tion, logistics, and technology, work to ensure
that Soldiers are the decisive edge. We offer a
wrapup of the first Network Integration Evalu-
ation (NIE) in June and July, where more than
3,800 Soldiers tested the Army's tactical network,
and a look ahead to the upcoming NIE 12.1 in
October and November. From the use of net-
worked smartphones to increase spot reports to
the sharing of tactical information in real time,
the NIE brought together six programs of record
with 29 developmental and emerging capabili-
ties, showcasing the ability of the Acquisition
Workforce to integrate with our Soldiers.
Taking a deeper look at how the Army makes
Soldiers the decisive edge and just in time for
her presentation at the annual AUSA conference,
Dr. Marilyn Miller Freeman, Deputy Assistant
Secretary of the Army for Research and Technol-
ogy, gives us a sneak peek at the seven pressing
priorities for investment and execution by the
science and technology community.
In addition to the Army network and a num-
ber of other key capabilities, this issue of Army
AL&T Magazine highlights acquisition career
development. It explores, in a special section and
in leadership columns, useful digital applications
for the workforce, steps to maintain and further
your acquisition career, and the qualifications
for membership in the U.S. Army Acquisition
Corps. For those interested in becoming world-
class acquisition experts or seeking promotion
within the field, these articles are must-reads.
This quarter's Critical Thinking section features
insights from Mr. Frederick W. Smith, Founder,
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Offi-
cer of FedEx Corp. Smith explains how, like the
Army, FedEx is meeting customer demands and
excelling with fewer resources.
Finally, this issue introduces a new Spotlight
section, an opportunity to recognize outstand-
ing performance by a member of the AL&T
Workforce. If you know someone you believe
could be a Spotlight contender after reading our
first profile, email me at the address below with
As always, I hope you look to these articles to pro-
vide new guidance and knowledge and that you
share them with other acquisition professionals.
If you have any comments or suggestions,
please contact me at usarmy.belvoir.usaasc.
I look forward to hearing from you.
From the Editor-in-Chief
Nelson McCouch III
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The article "Thought Leaders"
(Army AL&T Magazine, July-
September 2011) should have
listed Mr. David Gorsich as the
member of the Army Scientific
Professional Corps (Army ST)
for Modeling and Simulation
and Ground Systems.
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