The Army Acquisition Workforce is our most important asset. Comprising more than 42,000 civilians, officers and noncommissioned officers, the workforce is essential to the successful execution of the acquisition process, providing our Soldiers with the decisive edge needed to dominate the mission today and in the future. Our workforce professionals labor tirelessly each day to equip our Soldiers with the most capable weapon systems and services available in a timely manner, while remaining good stewardsof taxpayer dollars.
My principal military deputy, LTG Bill Phillips, my principal civilian deputy, Mr. Gabe Camarillo, and I are continually amazed by the knowledge, professionalism, dedication and passion that these Army acquisition professionals bring to the mission every day. Our critical mission is to design, develop, deliver and sustain products and services that enable our Soldiers to dominate the battlefield today and tomorrow. Execution of this mission requires acquisition professionals to maintain current and relevant skills and expertise through training, increase experience through diverse career positions, and remain agile and adaptive to the changing acquisition “battlefield,” emerging technologies and fiscal constraints.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990 requires all acquisition workforce members to be certified. DAWIA was enacted to increase the professionalism of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Certification requires Defense Acquisition University training specific to each career field; education; and functional experience. For the Army, certification opportunities exist in 14 different acquisition career fields (ACFs) at three different levels depending on the complexity of the position, each with a critically important role in the acquisition process.
LTG Phillips, who also serves as the Army director of acquisition career management, reviews the Army’s attainment of the required DAWIA certification quarterly in a forum made up of general officer and Senior Executive Service civilian leadership. This focus at the highest leadership levels ensures that DAWIA certification is commander’s business, and we have seen a significant increase in the Army’s certification rates since 2008 as a direct result. I applaud each and every Army leader and acquisition employee for the great progress made in achieving certification over the past several years. The Army
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