Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2011 Contents This issue of Army AL&T Magazine takes stock of the achievements and
challenges of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC)—where we’ve
succeeded and where there’s still work to do. From systems development
to procurement, to contracting and professional development, 21 articles
explore the current state of Army acquisition in detail. As illustrated on the
cover, this issue encompasses both leadership viewpoints and on-the-ground
perspectives across the breadth of acquisition, from the career development
classroom to the arenas of logistics, weapon systems, and technology.
In this issue, you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you succeed in
your work. Interviews with Dr. Malcolm Ross O’Neill, Assistant Secretary of
the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and LTG William N.
Phillips, Dr. O’Neill’s Principal Military Deputy and Director of Acquisition
Career Management, provide an in-depth look at their leadership philoso-
phies and priorities. A subsequent article looks specifically at how the Army
is strengthening contracting within its acquisition workforce.
There are also two brand-new features in this issue.
From the DACM, a column by LTG Phillips that will appear regularly in
Army AL&T Magazine, is devoted to discussing LTG Phillips’ priorities for the
acquisition workforce and acquisition career management.
The Conference Call section comprises 11 articles spotlighting news and
insights from top leaders in the military and industry who presented their
views at two key annual conferences in October and November. The articles
are a concise wrap-up of acquisition-focused news from the 2010 Association
of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition and the 2010
Program Executive Officers’/System Command Commanders’ Conference. Key
speakers included ADM Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;
Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology,
and Logistics; William J. Lynn III, Deputy Secretary of Defense; GEN Peter W.
Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; and top executives from Raytheon,
Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. These leaders offered
timely insights on Army modernization, fiscal management, acquisition
reform, workforce development, Army readiness, force structure, development
of the Army network enterprise, and, most important, how the Army and
DOD will be “doing more without more” in 2011.
Additional articles in this issue examine the drawdown of equipment from
Iraq and challenges in logistics, intelligence, contracting, and testing.
I trust this issue will give you valuable knowledge and insights into not only
the current state of the AAC, but its future as well. If you have any comments
or suggestions, e-mail me at USAASCWEBArmyALTMagazineLettertoEditor@
For more of the latest news and career announcements in Army acquisition,
please also visit our monthly publication, Army AL&T Online, at http://asc.
army.mil and click on the Magazines tab.
Nelson McCouch III
State of the U.S. Army
ON THE COVER, clockwise from top left
of four photos: Continuous learning is key
to developing professionalism in the Army
AL&T Workforce. (U.S. Army photo by
Delawese Fulton, Fort Jackson Leader.)
Parachute riggers from the 82nd Sustain-
ment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps prepare
bundles of bottled water and Meals, Ready-
to-Eat for delivery to the Haitian people in
support of Operation Unified Response.
These types of bundles are dropped by
parachute from military aircraft to resupply
ground units. (U.S. Army photo.)
The M320, a 40mm grenade launcher, is an
interoperable system that attaches under the
barrel of the rifle or carbine and can convert
to a stand-alone weapon. (U.S. Army photo
courtesy of PEO Soldier.)
The new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
All-Terrain Vehicle, built specifically for the
mountainous Afghan terrain, is a success
story for Army acquisition. (U.S. Army photo
by SPC Elisebet Freeburg.)
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