FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Project Manager Mobile Electric Power has been chosen to receive the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for 2009 in the Program Management category. The achievement was based on two criteria: Power and Energy Reduction Initiatives, and Acquisition Process Re-engineering.

For the Power and Energy Reduction Initiatives criteria, MEP was nominated for the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources Program, which is expected to reduce the fleet average fuel consumption by 15 to 25 percent over the medium size Tactical Quiet Generator fleet-savings that may translate to an estimated 52 million gallons or $800 million per year.

The award is scheduled to be presented by Dr. Ashton Carter, Under Secretary of Defense of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the Program Executive Office Systems Command Conference at Fort Belvoir, Va., Nov. 3.

"The efforts this past year by this fine group of individuals have embodied the best of what the David Packard Award was created to honor - proactive management and execution of critical programs through innovative and creative acquisition process re-engineering in support of Warfighter requirements," wrote Maj. Gen Nickolas Justice, PEO for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical in his nomination letter.

Additional Power and Energy Reduction Initiatives include the Command Post Central Power Solution, Improved, Energy Efficient Environmental Control Units and the Hybrid Intelligent Power Program.

In the category of Acquisition Process Re-engineering, several of PM MEP's initiatives were nominated, including streamlining the production, surge and distribution of Tactical Quiet Generators to support overseas operations. Here, in an effort to surge production, PM MEP established a close partnership with its prime contractors and accelerated production from 400-to-1,000 sets per-month without increasing unit prices or requiring government funding of capital costs.

Other initiatives in the nomination were the Net Zero Plus Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD), and the fact that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA(ALT) formally designated PM MEP as the Army's Systems of Systems Integrator for Battlefield Electric Power and expanded its charter for the Army across the entire power spectrum.

The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, the highest award in the acquisition community, was established to recognize Department of Defense organizations, groups or teams that have made highly significant contributions demonstrating exemplary innovation and best acquisition practices. Multiple awards are given reflecting achievements that exemplify Defense Department goals and objectives for reducing life cycle costs and acquisition excellence.

The Packard Award is named for the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense and co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company.