By AACoE for STAND-TO!January 24, 2011
Army Acquisition Center of Excellence
What is it'
The Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE), located at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Madison Hall, is the first facility to centralize Army institutional training, education, and career development courses for the acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) workforce. The AACoE, which officially opens its doors today, will improve the effectiveness of leader development efforts and increase acquisition synergy.
The AACoE supports the Army Chief of Staff's objective to transform the Army to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing an ideal training and learning environment to build and transform the AL&T Workforce, on whom Soldiers depend to provide a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world's best equipment and services and leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army needs.
What has the Army done'
The AACoE's opening is the culmination of more than a year of planning. In January 2010, LTG N. Ross Thompson III, then Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and Director of Acquisition Career Management, announced the Army's intent to establish an AACoE. At that time, the Army Acquisition Corps operated campuses in the Bevill Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and at the Institute for Advanced Technology, University of Texas at Austin.
What is the way ahead for the AACoE'
The Army is celebrating the AACoE's official opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the third floor of Madison Hall, University of Alabama in Huntsville. The center will offer seven courses, for which students may register through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. Approximately 600 students, both military and civilian, will complete courses at the school annually.
Why is this important to the Army'
By establishing this consolidated training center, the Army will save taxpayers' money while also providing better education and career development opportunities to the AL&T workforce. In turn, the workforce will be better equipped to bring Soldiers the warfighting capabilities they need, when they need them. This facility provides opportunities that many Soldiers and Army civilians never had, to interact with and gain insights from senior acquisition leaders and other AL&T professionals, because Huntsville is home to a large segment of the Army's acquisition community.
U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center