It is imperative that the United States Army works with civilian businesses to acquire needed resources such as weaponry, tools, clothing, food and much more.
There are Army personnel at every level who have the responsibility of acquisition. But, are they acquiring quality materials? Are they paying competitive prices? The process of acquisition in the U.S. Army can be complicated. I know I have heard horror stories of $800 spent for 1 bolt, or similar situations.
Whether these stories were factual, I do not know. But, I do know that there is an organization within the Army that is trying to keep those types of mistakes from happening. We are going to take a closer look at that organization in today’s post.
I am going to share 18 cool facts about the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). If, after reading this article, you have added facts or any questions, feel free to post them in the comments area.
Now, the facts:
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is a subordinate of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)). ASA (ALT) has many various components with the USAASC being one. The Assistant Secretary of the Army is a Presidential appointed position. It is currently held by Heidi Shyu who was appointed by President Obama in 2011.
2: Google +
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is on Google +. You can follow the here.
The headquarters for the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is on Linkedin. Since they do hire many civilians as well as Army personnel, you may want to share this link.
5: Primary Mission
The primary mission of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is to help the Army Acquisition workforce develop and grow in their careers. They do so via many training programs and courses.
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is also on Flickr. You can see a wide range of photos by visiting their link.
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center was established in the format now used on October 1st, 2002.
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center also has a profile on YouTube. You can watch various USAASC videos by visiting this link.
9: Direct Reporting Unit
It wasn’t until October 16th of 2006 that the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center became a direct reporting unit of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)).
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is also on Twitter. You can follow all their tweets here.
11: Primary Functions
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center has 3 primary functions. They are:
Provide support for career development to the Army Acquisition workforce and the Army Acquisition Corps. This includes both civilian and military acquisition leaders.
Provide service and support to Army executive offices in regards to acquisition information management, human resources and resource management including budgets and manpower.
Advising the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology on acquisition issues.
You can also find the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center of Facebook. Just visit this link.
Within the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center offices is the Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM). The DACM is responsible for providing professional development for the Army Acquisition workforce. The DACM establishes procedures for training, education and development of Army Acquisition workforce members.
A key tool that the DACM uses is the DAU. DAU stands for Defense Acquisition University. DAU is a university with the United States Department of Defense that specializes in acquisition, logistics and technology. DAU accepts students from military, Federal civilian staff workers and Federal contractors. DAU is also located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
15: USAASC Leadership
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is led by:
Director – Craig Spisak since June of 2005.
Deputy Director – Colonel Lee MacGregor since July of 2014.
16: USAASC Divisions
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center has multiple divisions. They include:
17: Acquisition Awards
Every year, the USAASC hands out awards covering many areas of acquisition. Some of the awards being handed out for 2016 are:
The deadline for nominations is August 17th, 2016 for the 2016 awards.
18: Army Acquisition Publications
The USAASC puts out several publications that are great for learning acquisition and logistics. You may want to read some of these:
- Army AL&T News: Subscribe here
- Army AL&T Magazine: Subscribe here
- DACM Newsletter
Even civilians can learn a lot from these publications. Just click the links to see how to get yours.
Acquisition is an important process in any business structure. It is a wise move to learn everything you can about acquisition no matter where you are in your career. Acquisition can be useful both in the Army and in any after Army career you may choose.
What are your thoughts? Just leave any comments or questions in the comment area below. We would love to hear from any of you that have been with the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.
- United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology on Wikipedia
- Defense Acquisition University on Wikipedia
- U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center on Wikipedia