MRAP Road Map

MRAP Road Map

During the last decade of conflict, MRAPs rolled out of forward operating bases in Diyala and Ghazni and patrolled the streets of Kabul and Baghdad. MRAPs saved lives, protecting coalition troops from IEDs and rocket fire. DOD spent billions on them. Now, the MRAP fleet represents a valuable investment the acquisition community must maintain for the next contingency. To modernize MRAPs in today’s fiscally constrained environment will require innovation. Here, TRADOC’s Maneuver Center of Excellence proposes a strategy. By Mr. Robert “Bob” Thomas, Mr. Thomas Stafford and Mr. Harry Jackson The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) capability is not an anomaly limited to the past decade of unconventional war, but probably will […]

Iterative innovation

Iterative innovation

Just as no mission plan survives contact with the enemy, few chalkboard designs survive first contact with the Soldier. Because of that, CERDEC is leveraging its prototyping integration capabilities to prove out engineering and technology designs and put early prototypes into the hands of Soldiers, to obtain invaluable feedback and implement it more cheaply and quickly. By Mr. Christopher P. Manning and Mr. James G. Sroczynski Battle-tested and technologically savvy, today’s young Soldier is the most knowledgeable source available to provide relevant assessments and feedback on emerging Army platform systems. However, typical acquisition processes can delay how quickly Soldiers receive these technologies for testing. To accelerate the process from concept […]

Keeping design on target

Keeping design on target

PM Soldier Weapons teams with ARL’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate and the Maneuver CoE to incorporate human systems integration early in weapon system development, to ensure that weapons are designed to work in harmony with other systems and equipment. By Dr. Gabriella Brick Larkin, Mr. Joshua Charm, Maj. Aron Hauquitz and Maj. Adam Patten Technology may advance in leaps and bounds, but the physical and cognitive abilities of people who use technology stay much the same. History tells us the performance of new products is better when human performance is among the factors considered during the design and development process. What does this mean to the military materiel developer? […]

Innovation to win in a complex world

Innovation to win in a complex world

FROM THE ARMY ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE THE HONORABLE HEIDI SHYU Investing in S&T to confront the future threat In October 2014, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command rolled out the latest Army Operating Concept (AOC), titled “Win in a Complex World.” This AOC details how the Army of the future will strengthen capabilities across multiple domains as part of a joint partnership to ensure dominance against “determined, elusive, and increasingly capable enemies.” Simultaneously, it challenges our forces to “conduct expeditionary maneuver through rapid deployment and transition to operations.” The increasing proliferation of technologies to diverse and capable enemies means the Army must be prepared for a wider and more varied threat […]

A New Vehicle for Savings

A New Vehicle for Savings

PEO MS and Letterkenny Depot partner on improving radar platforms while rapidly fielding equipment and sustaining the organic industrial base By CPT Jake Brady With a pressing need for an improved AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar vehicle platform and no time to procure a new platform or radar, the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space (PEO MS) teamed up with Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), PA, to modify an existing platform in what could be a model for partnership with the organic industrial base. This effort, which moves the Sentinel from a modified High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) platform without requiring modification of […]

Getting Requirements Right

Getting Requirements Right

QRCs were quick fixes to save lives and ensure mission success, but backfilling requirements to sustain the capabilities sounds easier than it is By MAJ Timothy J. Bracken Acquisition professionals are tasked to manage their program’s cost, schedule and performance. In many cases, managing performance can be the most challenging. This is because the program office not only manages the specifics that determine and define their capability’s requirements, but also maintains a relationship with the organization that manages and “owns” the capability’s requirement documents. That organization is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager (TCM). These requirement documents, the initial capabilities document (ICD), capability development document (CDD) […]

From Concept to Delivery

From Concept to Delivery

A Q&A with ARCIC’s MG Cedric T. Wins Acquisition is all about requirements, and it’s the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that is responsible for them—peering into the future through the lens of present-day circumstances to decide in what direction, and with which capabilities, the Army needs to go in order to continue being the best-equipped and best-trained force the world has ever known. But if requirements are the bricks of acquisition, then it’s the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), part of TRADOC, that provides the mortar by developing concepts and capabilities, evaluating proposed Army modernization solutions, and integrating these capabilities across the areas of doctrine, organization, training, […]

Where our rubber meets their road

Where our rubber meets their road

The new ASA(ALT) sergeant major’s first 90 days Change seems to be an everyday occurrence within our Army. At the helm of Army change is the Soldier, led by very capable noncommissioned officers. From the very beginnings of our Army, senior leaders have recognized the value and importance of NCOs. In 1776, GEN George Washington established the position of sergeant major as part of our first standardized regiments. Later, during the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge, PA, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben first defined the duties and responsibilities of NCOs in a regulation historically known as the “Blue Book.” Although the Army no longer has a “von Steuben” to […]

Tooth to Tail

Tooth to Tail

PEO CS&CSS works to sharpen the Army’s teeth while trimming its tail By Ms. Munira Tourner and Mr. Michael Clow As the Army postures to succeed and win in this complex world, its Force 2025 and beyond campaign plan outlines the need to design and build a force that is more lethal, expeditionary and agile than today’s. At the same time, the new “U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World, 2020-2040,” spearheaded by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (­TRADOC), acknowledges that success in our complex world may well involve more than just firepower. Since Force 2025 emphasizes speed and lethality, significant opportunities exist to shape and […]

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

‘Win in a Complex World’— But How?

TRADOC CG GEN David G. Perkins discusses meaning and challenges of new Army Operating Concept A generation of Army officers grew up knowing exactly who the enemy was. Clear lines divided the world into enemy and ally, closed and open, communist and free. The United States made a move, and the Soviet Union countered; the Soviets designed one kind of weapon system, and the United States differentiated its systems accordingly, constantly seeking an edge—until the stalemate cracked and the Soviet bloc walls came down, taking with them the assumptions underpinning Army doctrine. A younger generation knew another, more amorphous enemy, harder to pin down on a map: terrorism. The dividing […]