Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2011 Contents CAREER DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Iwant to wish the Acquisition, Logistics,
and Technology (AL&T) Workforce the
very best for the New Year. In 2011, we
will be facing a crucial challenge of "doing
more without more." In a memorandum dated
Sept. 14, 2010, Under Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Dr.
Ashton B. Carter outlined further guidance for "Obtaining
Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending."
The memo highlights 23 principal actions in five major
acquisition areas for accomplishing this goal. I urge each
of you to study this memo and closely follow his direction.
Carter has emphasized that the acquisition community must
fundamentally change how we do business, or we won't have
the resources to supply our troops with what they need.
Please see the memo at http://www.acq.osd.mil/docs/USD_
PDF?transcriptid=4648. Also, Carter offers insights into
DOD Efficiency Initiatives in an article in the Conference Call
section of this issue (see Page 46).
I am confident that the AL&T Workforce can meet this chal-
lenge with great success by doubling down on our commitment
to provide our Soldiers the best weapons, technology, and logis-
tics as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and by maintaining
a well-trained, efficient, and educated workforce to support any
new challenges or contingencies that our troops may encounter
in an uncertain world.
Acquisition Education, Training,
and Experience Update
Two important components of our Acquisition Education, Training,
and Experience (AETE) offerings are Defense Acquisition Univer-
sity (DAU) training and the numerous educational and leadership
development opportunities offered by the U.S. Army Acquisition
Support Center (USAASC). This forum is a great way for me to
let our workforce know of important opportunities with both.
Please be aware that in the beginning of every fiscal year, many of
the DAU course prerequisites and certification course requirements
change. Course prerequisites are different from Defense Acquisition
Workforce Improvement Act certification requirements. A prereq-
uisite course is a DAU-offered course that must be successfully
completed before attending another DAU course. For informa-
tion on the latest prerequisites, see the DAU Interactive Catalog
at http://icatalog.dau.mil and click on "Training Courses."
Please note that USAASC no longer responds to DAU train-
ing questions sent to the USAASC reservations e-mail box. All
DAU-related questions need to be submitted using the new
Army Training Requirements and Resources System Internet
Training Application System help desk at https://www.atrrs.
We have many announcements of educational and leadership
opportunities available in the near term. The recently updated
AETE catalog provides in-depth information on all of our train-
ing and developmental opportunities. Please view the catalog at
http://asc.army.mil/career/pubs/aete for training opportunities
available to acquisition civilian and military workforce members.
The DAU-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
announcement is now open until March 15, 2011. The
10-month DAU-SSCF is offered for GS-14/15 or broad/
pay band equivalent Army acquisition workforce members at
Huntsville, AL; Warren, MI; and Aberdeen Proving Ground,
MD. SSCF offers leadership and acquisition training to prepare
senior-level civilians for senior leadership roles, such as product
and project managers, program executive officers, and other key
acquisition leadership positions. While enrolled in the program,
fellows complete the DAU Program Manager Course 401 and
various leadership and acquisition courses focused on life-cycle
management, acquisition integration, and national defense and
security issues. Fellows also work with government and indus-
try mentors and complete a research paper on an important
acquisition issue or process. For more information on DAU-
SSCF, please visit http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/dau.
Applicants may apply under the Army Acquisition Professional
Development System tab of the Career Acquisition Management
Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management
Information System at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp.
Strategic Planning and Analysis Division
The USAASC Strategic Planning and Analysis Division (SP&A)
supports USAASC's mission of enabling superior acquisition
personnel development systems through a strong foundation of stra-
tegic planning and process improvement. SP&A provides program
management offices and direct reporting program managers with
information, data, and career management tools and guidance, over-
sight, and execution of force protection and security management.
With various support functions, SP&A continuously adapts to
USAASC's requirements and keeps its mission in line with the Army
Campaign Plan and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for AL&T
Strategic Plan. SP&A also conducts data management activities
to report ever-changing reflections and demographics of the AL&T
Workforce. As the lead for defining USAASC's strategic plan, the
SP&A division must continue developing and maintaining a robust
and relevant plan that takes USAASC into the future in supporting
key customers. For more information, visit the SP&A section on the
USAASC website at http://asc.army.mil/organization/spa.
From the Acquisition
Support Center Director
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