Electric Vehicle Plans Will Give Troops Tactical Edge

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Douglas Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) speaks during the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Partners in Army Climate Resilience at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Jen Milbrett for AUSA)
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Electric Vehicle Plans Will Give Troops Tactical Edge

Army plans to field hybrid-drive tactical vehicles by 2035 and fully electric tactical vehicles by 2050 align with a broader service strategy to slow climate change and transition more fully to renewable energy sources. 

But the Army’s top acquisition official says this move will also make soldiers more effective against the enemy.

Army Acquisition Chief is Focused on Speed, Talent

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Army Acquisition Chief is Focused on Speed, Talent

The Army’s new acquisition chief wants to speed up the process of getting soldiers what they need, bolster software talent in the workforce and encourage innovation across the enterprise.

Doug Bush, the new assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said he plans to continue responsible use of the “new authorities we have” to enable a faster acquisition process. He said there is a demand from Army leadership and from Congress that soldiers get what they need as they confront the evolving demands of combat.

Army Modernization Approaches Critical State

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Army Modernization Approaches Critical State

The Army is at a critical point in its sweeping modernization effort, where “successful execution” becomes a central challenge as transformation efforts mature, said Douglas Bush, the nominee to be the Army’s top acquisition official.

“Many of these programs are reaching a point where they will soon transition from prototyping and development to production, testing and fielding,” Bush told the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is considering his nomination.

Army Acquisition Chief Nominee Announced

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Army Acquisition Chief Nominee Announced

A former armor officer with years of experience on Capitol Hill is President Joe Biden’s pick to be the Army’s top acquisition official, the White House announced.

Douglas Bush, who is already serving as the acting assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, will be nominated for the permanent job, the White House said in a Sept. 21 statement.

No Nominee Yet for Army Acquisition Chief

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No Nominee Yet for Army Acquisition Chief

The Biden administration has not yet nominated someone to serve as the Army acquisition chief, despite a July 20 announcement.

An error in a press release said Andrew Hunter, an acquisition policy and industrial base expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, had been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as Army assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. He wasn't. 

Hunter is being nominated to serve as an assistant secretary of the Air Force. according to a correction.

Jette Credits Industry for Work During Pandemic

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Jette Credits Industry for Work During Pandemic

The Army’s top acquisition official said the service is pressing ahead on modernization priorities but having a safe and healthy workforce is the highest priority.

Speaking June 8 during The AUSA Noon Report, an Association of the U.S. Army webcast, Bruce Jette, assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology and a retired Army officer, said working closely with industry has been key to keeping Army modernization on track during a global pandemic that has interrupted and complicated work.

XTechSearch Competition Seeks New Entries

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XTechSearch Competition Seeks New Entries

The Army is seeking submissions for the fifth round of its XTechSearch competition.

Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 31.

The Expeditionary Technology Search, shortened to XTechSearch, calls on small business and technology companies to demonstrate technologies that can help the Army meet its modernization challenges. The goal is to seek nontraditional innovators and small businesses who can work with the Army, including through cooperative research opportunities with Army scientists, as the service continues its modernization efforts.

Protect Advances in Manufacturing, Tech

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Protect Advances in Manufacturing, Tech

The Army’s efforts to modernize its industrial manufacturing processes with advanced technology will allow the creation of “things we never could have envisioned,” a senior leader said, cautioning that digital engineering properties created as part of the process would be vulnerable to theft or hacking.