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by Mr. Robert E. Coultas

LTC Jay Ferreira had two objectives when he began his Training with Industry (TWI) assignment in June 2012 with EADS North America’s Lakota Helicopter Program Office in Huntsville, AL.

“First, strategically, I wanted to broaden my awareness by gaining firsthand exposure to EADS North America’s corporate business operations. Second, tactically, I wanted to gain project-level experience in the management, planning and execution of a large ACAT [Acquisition Category] I defense aviation program through daily involvement in the UH72A Lakota Helicopter Program Office. This plan exposed me to both the corporate operations of EADS North America and several Lakota Helicopter Program Office integrated product teams.”

Taken together, Ferreira’s two objectives exemplify the purpose of the TWI program, which is offered through the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) and administered by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). TWI is a 10- to 12-month rotational opportunity

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