In this December 11, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran argues that having the government perform the role of system engineering for the many piece parts of soldier systems is suboptimal. Instead, he argues, a prime contractor should fulfill this role, which would also reduce contract protests and speed the process.
In this December 13, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran says that the Army should return to assigning operators into acquisition program offices, in small numbers, to improve program design and help develop operators.
In this December 13, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran says acquisition reform should focus on streamlining existing processes rather than adding to them. He concedes the Army may be less skilled at writing requirements than the other services, which affects its ability to successfully acquire programs.
In this December 13, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran identifies a number of new capabilities for soldiers that probably should have been accelerated, to include counter-defilade efforts and the common remotely-operated weapons system.
In this December 13, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran argues that the traditional requirements and acquisition processes cannot foster the necessary innovation. Instead, he believes, new ways must be found to get developmental capabilities into the hands of units so they can be refined and ultimately procured.
In this December 13, 2013 interview, former PEO-Soldier BG(Ret) Jamey Moran points to at least three reasons he believes the current relationship between the Pentagon and the private sector is "very strained." Improving it, he argues, ultimately benefits the war fighters.
“The U.S. Army has unveiled new technology that will for the first time allow AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots to see targeting and surveillance data in full, high-resolution color, instead of the fuzzy black and white images they get now. An Army official said new sensors developed by Lockheed Martin Corp over the past four years could help avoid mistakes such as the 2007 attack by two U.S. Apache helicopters that killed 12 people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, after they were mistaken for armed insurgents.”
“It’s no accident the US Army has chosen Huntsville, Ala., to host this year’s Association of the United States Army (AUSA) symposium and trade show. The town is home to Army Materiel Command (AMC), which oversees a litany of subordinate commands busily transforming the Army from its wartime posture to a postwar future. AMC is shipping billions of dollars worth of Army equipment home from Afghanistan, and its Army Contracting Command, Army Sustainment Command, Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, and Life Cycle Management Command are all working to reset the Army’s equipment while helping to develop next-generation gear. While those commands will have time to tell their stories at the symposium this week, the continuing saga of sequestration will hang like an asterisk over their remarks as those across-the-board budget cuts will bite into every program and initiative in which the service’s leadership is investing.”
“If one were to lay all of the 43,000 shipping containers the US Army sent home from Afghanistan last year end to end, they would stretch from Washington, D.C., all the way down to Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army has also closed 72 forward operating bases since June as it makes its way to the exits by the end of this year — a process that will see about 34,000 soldiers in country by this spring, down to a few thousand at the end of the year, regardless of whether a long-term security agreement can be reached with the Afghan government. But while about $21 billion worth of equipment comes home, the routes into Afghanistan run in both directions. Army Material Command chief Gen. Dennis Via told attendees at an Association of the U.S. Army symposium on Wednesday that his outfit also sent 5,300 tons of ammunition to Afghanistan last year.”
Marines have changed Helmand province dramatically and should be proud of the work they have done here, Commandant Gen. James Amos said Tuesday in a town hall meeting here. When Marines leave at the end of this year, he said, “We’ll have done every single thing we’ve set out to do as a Marine Corps,” he said. “We’re not cutting and running … Marines don’t cut and run. We complete the mission.” Amos and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett spoke to several hundred Marines in two large group events Tuesday. He noted that just a few years ago, there was only one battalion of Marines in Helmand province, and just a small British base."
“There was a singular moment late last year during a briefing for senior US Army leaders on the service’s just-concluded yearly war game when one general laid out the future challenges facing the force. “Let’s assume we’re not going to get a significant investment in joint strategic power projection,” he said, interrupting two officers who were explaining how they intended to move troops to future battlefields. While the briefers shifted in their seats and their presentation hovered in PowerPoint limbo on a large projection screen, the general explained that the Army has no control over how the Navy and Air Force spend their money.”
“The approved 2014 Defense Department budget contained mostly good news and few surprises for Army aviation, but this may be the calm before the storm. The fiscal year 2015 budget is likely to spur a massive brawl between the Army and its National Guard component. Army aviation leaders in January announced a proposal to mothball two of its helicopter fleets, replacing them with aircraft from the Army National Guard. The initiative has yet to be approved by President Barack Obama for inclusion in the Pentagon’s 2015 budget, but Congress and advocacy organizations for the National Guard are already formulating ways to block it. Army officials are considering the complete divestment of the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and TH-67 training helicopter, announced Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of the Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker.”
“The Pentagon and the US Congress have begun the tedious effort of reviewing decades of antiquated, cumbersome defense acquisition policies to speed up the defense procurement process and get more bang for the buck. Unlike previous acquisition improvement projects, which in some cases made the process more complicated, those leading this effort are optimistic because lawmakers and Defense Department officials are tackling this review together. These officials also believe that the decline in US defense spending provides incentives to make the project successful.”
“Ten out of every 100 Army helicopter pilots are women — but they account for only 3 out of every 100 accidents. That’s the bottom line in an Army report that, in an effort to study the impact of women on the front lines, compares accident rates of men and women flying Army helicopters from 2002 to 2013. The revelation is included in Army Major Seneca Peña-Collazo’s report, Women in Combat Arms: A Study of the Global War on Terror, which he published in May while a student at the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.”
“Imagine you’re a military supply officer, weary but proud as you watch the train you’ve laboriously loaded with gear roll out of the depot towards the front. And then you realize:You packed the wrong tank. Now you need to get that vehicle off and the right vehicle on — while the train’s already leaving the station. Stressed yet? That’s how the Marines must feel right now as they scramble to shift funding in a fiscal 2015 budget request that’s due out March 4. Specifically, they need to reallocate, repurpose, or at least rename funds currently budgeted for their ambitious Amphibious Combat Vehicle, which they’ve had to postpone, and transfer them to a more modest Marine Personnel Carrier designed to meet the service’s immediate needs.”
“During the visit of the Second Line of Defense team to Second Marine Air Wing in mid-February 2014, we sat down with the Commanding Officer of VMX-22 to discuss the approach to innovation being fostered by USMC aviation in support of the evolution of the MAGTF.”
“The evacuation of several hundred Westerners from South Sudan in early January, after the country slowly collapsed into warring factions, was a success, judged on at least three criteria: decide and act quickly; prepare and train appropriately alone and with allies; work with and rely on regional partners. The decision to secure the embassy and do evacuations was taken on December 15 and on December 22. Some 160 Marines and sailors from the Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response were flown in two KC-130s and four MV-22B Ospreys from their temporary base in Spain to Djibouti and on to Uganda. At 3,400 nautical miles (a distance equivalent to Anchorage to Miami), this was the longest range insert ever performed by this force. (Readers will remember that three AFSOC MV-22s were fired on when they tried to land at the South Sudanese town of Bor. Four on board were wounded. The Editor.)”
“As U.S. Special Operations forces draw down in Afghanistan, they “absolutely” will restore their close relations with deployed Navy-Marine Corps amphibious and expeditionary units, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command said Feb. 11. The idea is to return to the Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF) concept that was active in the 1990s, before the intense and prolonged military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Adm. William H. McRaven said.”
“Adm. William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, expects special operators to be wearing Tactical Assault Light Operator Suits by 2018, he told attendees of a National Defense Industrial Association symposium Tuesday. The TALOS, dubbed the ‘Iron Man’ suit, is the brainchild of McRaven. It is designed to enhance the survivability of personnel in the line of fire, and to enhance their physical capabilities.”