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United States Army Futures Command

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United States Army Futures Command
Army Futures Command SSI.png
ActiveJuly 1, 2018–present
Country United States
Branch United States Army
TypeArmy Command
Garrison/HQAustin, TX
Motto(s)"Forge the future"[1]
Commanding GeneralGEN John M. Murray
Distinctive unit insignia[1]

United States Army Futures Command (AFC)[2][3] is a United States Army command aimed at modernizing the Army.[4][5] It focuses on six priorities:[Note 1] long-range precision fires,[6][7] next-generation combat vehicle,[8] future vertical lift platforms,[9] a mobile & expeditionary Army network, air & missile defense capabilities, and soldier lethality.[10] AFC's cross-functional teams (CFTs)[11] are Futures Command's vehicle for sustainable reform of the acquisition process for the future.[12]

Futures Command (AFC) was established in 2018 as a peer of FORSCOM, TRADOC, and Army Materiel Command (AMC), the other Army commands (ACOMs—providing forces, training and doctrine, and materiel respectively).[13][14] The other Army commands focus on their readiness to "Fight tonight" when called upon by the nation. In contrast, AFC is focused on future readiness[15] for future combat with near-peer competitors who have  updated their capabilities,[16] while the United States military has been fighting insurgents since 2001.[17][18]

Full operational capability (FOC) for AFC is projected to be August/September 2019, a one-year period.[19] The FY2020 budget allocated $30 billion for the top six modernization priorities over the next five years.[20] The $30 billion came from $8 billion in cost avoidance and $22 billion in terminations.[20]

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Transition to full operational capability (FOC)

We're moving out and there's no turning back. We've shown the will to act over the last year, and now we have to show the will to follow through.

— Under Secretary McCarthy[21][22]

In the view of Under Secretary McCarthy, there will be three elements in Futures Command:[23]

  1. Futures and Concepts: assess needs and opportunities,[24] given a threat.[23] Concepts for realizable future systems (with readily harvestable content)[25] will flow into TRADOC doctrine, manuals, and training programs.
  2. Combat Development: stabilized concepts.[25] Balance the current state of technology and the cash-flow requirements of the defense contractors providing the technology, that they become deliverable experiments, demonstrations, and prototypes, in an iterative process of acquisition.[26] (See #Value streams)
  3. Combat Systems: experiments, demonstrations, and prototypes.[27] Transition to the acquisition, production, and sustainment programs of AMC.[27][28]

Secretary Esper emphasized that the 2018 administrative infrastructure for the Futures and Concepts Center (formerly ARCIC) and CCDC (formerly RDECOM) remains in place at their existing locations.[29] What has changed or will change is the layers of command (operational control, or OPCON)[30] needed to make a decision.[29]

You've got to remain open to change, you've got to remain flexible, you've [got] to remain accessible. That is the purpose of this command.

— Secretary Esper[29][31]

Cross-functional teams (CFTs)

Under Secretary McCarthy characterized a Cross-functional team (CFT) as a team of teams, led by a requirements leader, program manager, sustainer, tester.[32] Each CFT must strike a balance for itself amid constraints: the realms of requirements, acquisition, science and technology, test, resourcing, costing, and sustainment. A balance is needed in order for a CFT in order to produce a realizable concept before a competitor achieves it.

Modernization reform is the priority for AFC; in order to achieve readiness for the future, de-layering of current Army Commands was implemented by creating Cross-functional teams[11] for materiel and capabilities which the Army must now match for its future: A Capability development integration directorate (CDID), for each CFT,[Note 1] is located at a Center of Excellence (CoE) listed below. For example, the Aviation CoE at Fort Rucker, in coordination with the Aviation program executive office (PEO), also contains the Vertical Lift CFT and the Aviation capability development integration directorate (CDID).

The CFTs will be involved in all three of AFC's elements: Futures and concepts, Combat development, and Combat systems.[33] "We were never above probably a total of eight people" — BG Wally Rugen, Aviation CFT.[34] Four of the eight CFT leads have now shifted from dual-hat jobs to full-time status. Each CFT lead is mentored by a 4-star general.[34]

Although AFC and the CFTs are a top priority of the Department of the Army, as AFC and the CFTs are expected to unify control of the $30 billion-dollar modernization budget,[35] "The new command will not tolerate a zero-defects mentality. 'But if you fail, we'd like you to fail early and fail cheap,' because progress and success often builds on failure." —Ryan McCarthy: [36] Holland notes that prototyping applies to the conceptual realm ('harvestable content') as much as prototyping applies to the hardware realm.[25]

A 2019 GAO report[37] cautions that lessons learned from the CFT pilot[11] are yet to be applied; Holland notes that this organizational critique applies to prototyping hardware, a different realm than concept refinement ("scientific research is a fundamentally different activity than technology development").[25]

Joint collaboration on modernization

The Secretaries of the Army, Air Force, and Navy meet regularly to take advantage of overlap in their programs:[38]

  • Hypersonics — The US Army (August 2018) has no tested countermeasure for intercepting maneuverable hypersonic weapons platforms,[39][40] and in this case the problem is being addressed in a joint program of the entire Department of Defense.[41] The Army is participating in a joint program with the Navy and Air Force, to develop a hypersonic glide body.[42] The Long range precision fires (LRPF) CFT is supporting Space and Missile Defense Command's pursuit of hypersonics.[42][43] Joint programs in hypersonics are informed by Army work,[44][45] however at the strategic level, the bulk of the hypersonics work remains at the Joint level.[46][47] Long range precision fires (LRPF) is an Army priority, and also a DoD joint effort.[45] By adding rocket propulsion to a shell or glide body, the joint effort shaved five years off the likely fielding time for hypersonic weapon systems.[38][48]
  • Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)[49] — Joint planning and operations are also part of the impending DoD emphasis on multi-domain operations.[16][50][51][17][52] [53][54] Multi-domain battalions, first stood up in 2019,[55] comprise a single unit[56] for air, land, space, and cyber domains.[38]
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Modernization[57][58] — The Secretary of the Army has directed the establishment of an Army AI task force (A-AI TF) to support the DoD Joint AI center. The execution order will be drafted and staffed by Futures Command:[59][60]
    • Army AI task force[61] (its relationship with the CFTs is cross-cutting, in the same sense as the Assured Position, Navigation, Timing CFT and the Synthetic Training Environment CFT are also cross-cutting) will use the resources of the Army to establish scalable machine learning projects at Carnegie Mellon University
    • the CIO/G-6 will create an Identity, Credential, and Access Management system to efficiently issue and verify credentials to non-person entities (AI agents and machines)
    • DCS G-2 will coordinate with CG AFC, and director of A-AI TF, to provide intelligence for Long-Range Precision Fires
    • CG AMC will provide functional expertise and systems for maintenance of materiel with AI
    • AFC and A-AI TF will establish an AI test bed for experimentation, training, deployment, and testing of machine learning capabilities and workflows.[62] Funding will be assured for the Fiscal Year 2019.[38]


AFC is actively seeking partners outside the gates of a military reservation.[63] "We will come to you. You don't have to come to us. — General Mike Murray, 24 August 2018"[19]:minute 6:07 Multiple incubator tech hubs are available in Austin,[64] especially Capital Factory, with offices of DIUx and AFWERX (USAF tech hub).[65] Gen. Murray will stand up an Army Applications Lab[Note 2] there to accelerate acquisition and deployment of materiel to the Soldiers, using AI[59] as one acceleration technique; Murray will hire a Chief Technology Officer for AFC.[66]

AFC is seeking to design signature systems in a relevant time frame according to priorities[Note 1] of the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA).[33] AFC will partner with other organizations such as Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) as needed.[44][67] If a team from industry presents a viable program idea to a CFT, that CFT connects to the Army's requirements developers, Secretary Esper said, and the program prototype is then put on a fast track.[68]

The Secretary of the Army has approved an Intellectual Property Management Policy, to protect both the Army and the entrepreneur or innovator.[69] [70]

For example, the Network cross-functional team (CFT) and the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications—Tactical (PEO C3T) hosted a forum on 1 August 2018 for vendors to learn what might function as a testable/deployable[71] in the near future.[72] A few of the hundreds of white papers from the vendors, adjudged to be 'very mature ideas', were passed to the Army's acquisition community, while many others were passed to CERDEC for continuation in the Army's effort to modernize the network for combat.[73]

While seeking information, the Army is especially interested in ideas that accelerate an acquisition program, in for example the Future Vertical Lift Requests for Information (RFIs): “provide a detailed description of tailored, alternative or innovative approaches that streamlines the acquisition process to accelerate the program as much as possible”.[74]

AFC events

See the AFC events below


DoD (2007) Acquisition process denoting Milestones A, B, C along a timeline. When a milestone has been met, the triangle then points downward, at this time. Otherwise the milestone is planned, but not yet met at this time.
DoD (2007) Acquisition process denoting Milestones A, B, C along a timeline. When a milestone has been met, the triangle then points downward, at this time. Otherwise the milestone is planned, but not yet met at this time.

Futures Command partners with the ASA(ALT),[75][12] who, in the role of the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE),[76] has milestone decision authority (MDA)[27] at multiple points in a Materiel development decision (MDD).[77] (Thus, from the perspective of AFC, which seeks to modernize, consolidate the relevant expertise into the relevant CFT. The CFT balances the constraints needed to realize a prototype, beginning with realizable requirements, science and technology, test, etc. before entering the acquisition process (typically the Army prototypes on its own, and currently initiates acquisition at Milestone B, in order to have the Acquisition Executive, with the concurrence of the Army Chief of Staff, decide on production as a program of record at Milestone C).[78] Next, refine the prototype to address the factors needed to pass the Milestone decisions A, B, and C which require Milestone decision authority (MDA) in an acquisition process.[78] This consolidation of expertise thus reduces the risks in a Materiel development decision (MDD), for the Army to admit a prototype into a program of record.) The role of the existing processes (in April 2018) for a Materiel development decision (MDD) is to be announced.[76][77][25]

In order to achieve its mission of achieving overmatch,[79][49][24] each Futures Command CFT partners with the acquisition community.[80] This community (the Army acquisition workforce (AAW)) includes an entire Army branch (the Acquisition Corps),[81][82][83][84] U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Army Contracting Command, (.. This list is incomplete).[77] The Principal Military Deputy to the ASA(ALT) is also deputy commanding general for Combat Systems, Army Futures Command,[76] and leads the PEOs; he has directed each PEO who does not have a CFT to coordinate with, to immediately form one, at least informally.[85]

The current acquisition system has pieces all throughout the Army. ... There’s chunks of it in TRADOC and chunks of it in AMC and then other pieces. So really all we’re trying to do is get them all lined up under a single command…..from concept, S&T, RDT&E, through the requirements process, through the beginnings of the acquisition system — Milestone A, B, and C — ….aligned under that same commander. ... We will finally achieve… unity of command — Secretary Esper.[23]

The PEOs work closely with their respective CFTs.[80] The list of CFTs and PEOs below is incomplete.[Note 1] Operationally, the CFTs offer "de-layering" (fewer degrees of separation between the echelons of the Army — Rugen estimates two degrees of separation),[34] and provide a point of contact (POC) for Army reformers[24] interested in adding value in the midst of constraints to be balanced while modernizing.[34] "... and if we're really good, we'll continue to adapt. Year over year over year." —Secretary Esper[19]:minute 19:00[5] (See #Value streams.)

Prototyping and experimentation

"Our new approach is really to prototype as much as we can to help us identify requirements, so our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp. ... A good example is Future Vertical Lift: The prototyping has been exceptional." —Secretary of the Army Mark Esper.[86] The development process will be cyclic, consisting of prototype, demonstration/testing, and evaluation,[68] in an iterative process designed to unearth unrealistic requirements early, before prematurely including that requirement in a program of record.

AFC activities include the Capability development integration directorate (CDID),[87]:Para. 2b and the associated Battle Lab,[87]:Para. 2b of each Center of Excellence (CoE) respectively. Each CDID and associated Battle Lab work with their CFT[31] to develop operational experiments and prototypes to test.

Tests are run by JMC and WSMR, which hosts ATEC.[88] As ATEC reports directly to the Army Chief of Staff,[14] the test support level from ATEC[89] is to be specified by the CFT,[31] or PEO.[90] Fort Bliss and WSMR together cover 3.06 million acres, large enough to test every non-nuclear weapon system in the Army inventory.[91]:minute 1:26:00 JMC runs live developmental experiments to test the concepts or capabilities for analysis by the Data Analysis Center, the Fort Leavenworth Operations research activities, formerly TRAC,[31] or AMSAA. CCDC (formerly RDECOM) includes the several Army research laboratory locations (ARLs),[92] as well as research, development and engineering centers (RDECs) listed:[87][31] [5]

In internal partnerships, CCDC (formerly RDECOM) has taken Long range precision fires (LRPF) as its focus in aligning its organizations (the six research, development and engineering centers (RDECs), and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL)); as of September 2018, RDECOM's 'concept of operation' is first to support the LRPF CFT,[93] with ARDEC. AMRDEC is looking to improve the energetics and efficiency of projectiles. TARDEC Ground Vehicle Center is working on high-voltage components for Extended range cannon artillery (ERCA) that save on size and weight.[93] Two dedicated RDECOM people support the LRPF CFT, with reachback support from two dozen more at RDECOM.[94] In January 2019 RDECOM was reflagged as CCDC; General Mike Murray noted that CCDC will have to support more Soldier feedback, and that prototyping and testing will have to begin before a project ever becomes a program of record.[95][5]

Although the Army Research Laboratory has not changed its name, Secretary Esper notes that the CCDC objectives supersede the activities of the Laboratory;[31][25] the Laboratory remains in its support role for the top-six priorities for modernizing combat capabilities.[Note 1]

Acquisition specialists are being encouraged to accept lateral transfers to the several research, development and engineering centers (RDECs), where their skills are needed: Ground vehicle systems center (formerly TARDEC, at Detroit Arsenal), Aviation and missile center (formerly AMRDEC, at Redstone Arsenal), C5ISR center (formerly CERDEC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground), Soldier center (formerly NSRDEC, Natick, MA), and Armaments center (formerly ARDEC, at Picatinny Arsenal) listed below.[96]

AFC branch locations

The following activities for Futures Command are at 23 locations.[97]

  1. AFC HQ, Austin TX[3][19] [49][48]
  2. AFSG Army Future Studies Group,[25] 2530 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
  3. Futures and Concepts Center of AFC,[98] formerly ARCIC Fort Eustis VA
  4. JMC Joint Modernization Command,[65] Fort Bliss, which is contiguous to WSMR
  5. WSMR White Sands Missile Range NM,[88] also houses ARL,[99] TRAC,[100] and ATEC.[91]:minute 1:19:00
  6. FT LVN Operations research: Mission Command Battle Lab,[101] Capability development integration directorate (CDID),[102] The Research Analysis Center (TRAC), formerly TRADOC Analysis Center[100][103], Fort Leavenworth KS
  7. CCOE Cyber CoE - (its CDID and Battle Lab),[107] Fort Gordon GA
    • CFT: Mobile and Expeditionary Network[71]
  8. MCOE Maneuver CoE - (its CDID and Battle Lab),[108] Fort Benning GA
    • CFT: Next-Generation Combat Vehicle[109]
    • CFT: Soldier Lethality
  9. AVNCOE Aviation CoE - (its CDID),[110] at Fort Rucker
    • CFT: Future Vertical Lift
  10. FCOE Fires CoE - (its CDID and Battle Lab),[111][112] Fort Sill OK
    • CFT: Long Range Precision Fires[48][112]
    • CFT: Air and Missile Defense
  11. ICOE Intelligence CoE - (its CDID),[113] Fort Huachuca AZ
  12. MSCOE Maneuver Support CoE - (its CDID and Battle Lab),[114] Fort Leonard Wood MO
  13. SCOE Sustainment CoE - (its CDID),[115] Fort Lee VA
  14. APG Aberdeen Proving Ground,[116] Aberdeen MD, also houses Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC,[117] formerly RDECOM), Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA), and C5ISR center (formerly CERDEC)
    • CFT: Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing
    • CFT: Long Range Precision Fires,[93]
  15. Armaments center (formerly Armament research, development and engineering center —ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, PEO AMMO, and the Cross Functional Team for Long Range Precision Fires
    • CFT: Long Range Precision Fires
  16. Ground vehicle systems center (formerly Tank Automotive research, development and engineering center —TARDEC), Detroit Arsenal (Warren, Michigan)
    • CFT: Next-Generation Combat Vehicle
  17. Aviation and missile center (formerly Aviation and Missile research, development and engineering center —AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville AL
    • CFT: Air and Missile Defense
  18. Soldier center (formerly Natick Soldier research, development and engineering center —NSRDEC), General Greene Ave, Natick, MA 01760
  19. ARL-Adelphi Army Research Laboratory,[118] Adelphi MD
  20. ARL-Orlando Army Research Laboratory,[119] Orlando FL
  21. ARL West, Playa Vista[120] CA
  22. ARL-RTP Army Research Laboratory, Raleigh-Durham NC
  23. AI task force at Carnegie-Mellon University[57][31]

Need for modernization reform

Between 1995 and 2009, $32 billion was expended on programs such as the Future Combat System (2003-2009), with no harvestable content by the time of its cancellation.[121] The Army has not fielded a new combat system in decades.[122][123][124]

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper has remarked that AFC will provide the unity of command and purpose needed to reduce the requirements definition phase from 60 months to 12 months.[125][15][30] A simple statement of a problem (rather than a full-blown requirements definition) that the Army is trying to address may suffice for a surprising, usable solution. —General Mike Murray, paraphrasing Trae Stephens[22]:minute 41:50 (One task will be to quantify the lead time for identifying a requirement; the next task would then be to learn how to reduce that lead time.—Gap analysis )[19]:minute 11:00[126][127][5] Process changes are expected.[126][25] The development process will be cyclic, consisting of prototype, demonstration/testing, and evaluation, in an iterative process designed to unearth unrealistic requirements early, before prematurely including that requirement in a program of record. The ASA(ALT) Bruce Jette[80] has cautioned the acquisition community to 'call-out' unrealistic processes which commit a program to a drawn-out failure,[128] rather than failing early, and seeking another solution.[129]

Secretary Esper scrubbed through 800[130] modernization programs to reprioritize funding[131] for the top 6 modernization priorities,[35] which will consume 80% of the modernization funding,[132] of 18 systems.[132] The Budget Control Act will restrict funds by 2020.[133][134][135][136][137][138][139][140][141][20]

The CIO/G6 has targetted Futures Command (Austin) in 2019 as the first pilot for "enterprise IT-as-a-service"-style service contracts; 2 other locations are to be announced for 2019. Six to eight other pilots are envisioned for 2020. However 288 other enterprise network locations remain to be migrated away from the previous "big bang" migration concept from several years ago, as they are vulnerable to near-peer cyber threats.[142][91]:minute 16:50 The CIO/G6 emphasizes that this enterprise migration is not the tactical network espoused in the top six priorities (a 'mobile & expeditionary Army network').[142]

  1. After AFC, the following G6 service contracts are high priority:[142]
  2. The Combat Training Centers (Fort Irwin, Fort Polk, and Grafenwöhr)
  3. TRADOC and its Centers of Excellence (CoEs)
  4. The power projection bases from which deployments spring


Chief Milley noted that AFC would actively reach out into the community in order to learn, and that Senator John McCain's frank criticism of the acquisition process was instrumental for modernization reform at Futures command.[19]:minute 7:30[15] In fact, AFC soldiers would blend into Austin by not wearing their uniforms [to work side-by-side with civilians in the tech hubs],[143] Milley noted in the 24 August 2018 press conference.[19]:minute 6:20 Secretary Esper said he expected failures during the process of learning how to reform the acquisition and modernization process.[19]:minute 18:20

In the Department of Defense, the materiel supply process was underwritten by the acquisition, logistics, and technology directorate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), with a deputy secretary of defense (DSD) to oversee five areas, one of them being acquisition, logistics, and technology (ALT).[144] ALT is overseen by an under secretary of defense (USD).[145] (Each of the echelons at the level of DSD and USD serve at the pleasure of the president, as does the secretary of defense (SECDEF).) The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) trains acquisition professionals for the Army as well.

In 2016 when RDECOM reported to AMC (instead of to AFC, as it does as of 2018), AMC instituted Life cycle management command (LCMC)[80] of three of RDECOM's centers for aviation and missiles, electronics, and tanks:[146] AMRDEC,[147] CERDEC,[148][149] and TARDEC[150] respectively, as well as the three contracting[151] functions for the three centers.[128]

This Life Cycle Management (formulated in 2004)[152][153] was intended to exert the kind of operational control (OPCON)[30] needed just for the sustainment function (AMC's need for Readiness today), rather than for its relevance to modernization for the future, which is the focus of AFC.

Relevance for modernization

The CFTs,[Note 1] as prioritized 1 through 6 by the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), each have to consider constraints: a balance of requirements, acquisition, science and technology, test, resourcing, costing, and sustainment.

The DOTMLPF method of mission planning was instituted to quantify tradeoffs in joint planning.[30] DOTMLPF will be used for modernization of the Army beyond materiel alone, which (as of 2019) is the current focus of the CFTs.[154] The updated modernization strategy, to move from concept to doctrine as well, will be unveiled by summer 2019.[154] DOTMLPF (doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities) itself is planned as a driver for modernization.[15][154] The plan is to have an MDO-capable Army by 2028, and an MDO-ready Army by 2035.[154]

TRADOC, ASA (ALT), and AFC are tied together in this process, according to Vice Chief McConville.[155] AFC will have to be "a little bit disruptive [but not upsetting to the existing order]" in order to institute reforms within budget in a timely way.[156]

The ASA(ALT), or Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology is currently (2018) Dr. Bruce Jette. The ASA(ALT) is the civilian executive overseeing both the acquisition and the sustainment processes of the Department of the Army. The ASA(ALT) will coordinate the acquisition portion of modernization reform with AFC.

Congress has given the Army OTA (Other Transaction Authority),[157][Note 2] which allows the PEOs to enter into Full Rate Production quicker by permitting the services to control their own programs of record, rather than DoD.[85] This strips out one layer of bureaucracy as of 2018.[85][158]

Besides the AFC Cross-Functional Teams, the Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC)[159][160][161] could also play a part in acquisition reform;[162] as of September 2018 the Deputy Chief of Staff G-8 (DCS G-8), who leads AROC and JROC (Joint Requirements Oversight Council) has aligned with the priorities of AFC.[163] The DCS G-8 is principal military advisor to the ASA (FM&C).[76]

In addition, the Program Executive Officers (PEOs) of ASA (ALT) are to maintain a dotted-line relationship[Note 1] (i.e., coordination) with Futures Command.[80][23]

There is now a PEO for Rapid Capabilities, to get rapid turnaround. The Rapid capabilities office (RCO)'s PEO gets two program managers, one for rapid prototyping, and one for rapid acquisition, of a capability.[164] The Rapid capabilities office (RCO) does not develop its own requirements; rather, the RCO gets the requirements from the Cross-functional team (CFT).[165]

Progress toward FOC

Progress in the top six priorities:[Note 1][28][166][68]

  • Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF)[93]
    • The current Paladin (M109A6) cannon range is doubling (M109A7).[167] An operational test of components of Long Range Cannon is scheduled for 2020.[168] Long range cannon (LRC) is complementary to Extended range cannon artillery (ERCA).[168]
    • The Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) is slated to replace ATACMS in 2023[93]
    • Investigations for Extended range cannon artillery (ERCA) in 2025: rocket-boosted artillery shells[93]
  • Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) portfolio:[169]
    • Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV): in Limited User Tests[169]
    • A ground mobility vehicle competition, bids closing 26 October 2018[170]
    • Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF):[171][172] approved by joint requirements oversight council.[169] Two vendors were selected to build competing prototype light tanks (MPF), with contract award in 2022.[173]
    • Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV):[68] soliciting input, in requirements definition stage; 2 should fit in a C-17.[169] A request for proposal (RFP) for a vehicle prototype was placed March 29, 2019.[68]
    • Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCVs):[174][68] futures
    • Next Generation main battle tank: futures
  • Future Vertical Lift (FVL)[25][9]
    • Under Secretary McCarthy notes that Soldier feedback remains an item for discussion in the Future Vertical Lift CFT.[175]
    • Future Vertical Lift will use the DoD modular open systems approach (MOSA),[9] an integrated business and technical strategy in FARA,[176][177] and in FLRRA:[178][179][74]
      • Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD): prototypes by two teams to replace UH-60 with Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRRA). [180]
      • The Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) is smaller than FLRRA. Army is making requests for proposals (RFPs). FARA RFPs are due in December 2018.[181][182][177][183]
      • Future tactical unmanned aircraft systems (FTUAS): drones which do not require runways[184][185]
  • Mobile, Expeditionary Network: In Fiscal Year 2019, the network CFT will leverage Network Integration Evaluation 18.2[186] for experiments with brigade level scalability.[187] Avoid overspecifying the requirements (in ITN[188] Information Systems Initial Capabilities Document) to meet operational needs,[187] such as interoperability with other networks.[189][91]:minute 26:40 ITN to have Capability set '21, '23, '25 incrementally.[190]
    • Five Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) awards have been granted to five vendors via the Network CFT and PEO C3T's request for white papers. That request, for a roll-on/roll-off kit that integrates all functions of mission command on the Army Network, was posted at the National Spectrum Consortium and FedBizOpps, and yielded awards within eight months.[191][Note 2] Two more awards are forthcoming.
    • The Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)'s Emerging Technologies Office structured a competition to find superior AI/Machine Learning algorithms for electronic warfare, from a field of 150 contestants, over a three-month period.[192][Note 2]
    • The Multi-Domain Operations Task Force (MDO TF) is standing up an experimental Electronic Warfare Platoon to prototype an estimated 1000 EW soldiers needed for the 31 BCTs of the active Army.[193][49]
  • Air, Missile Defense:[194][195] PEO RCO is accelerating Lower tier air and missile defense sensor (LTAMDS)[195] experimentation by downselecting to two competitors with award by 2023[196][Note 2]
    • Indirect fire protection capability (IFPC) Multi-mission launcher (MML)[197][195]
    • Maneuver short-range air defense (MSHORAD)[195] with laser cannon prototypes in 2020, fielding in 2021 and 2022 to two battalions per year.[51][198]
    • Integrated Air and Missile Battle Command System (IBCS) second limited user test is scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of FY20.[195]
  • Soldier Lethality: Maj. Gen. Dave Bassett, PEO GCS 2016[199][200][201] Note: In 2018 MG Bassett became PEO C3T — Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical
    • Next-generation squad weapon: Expect 100,000 to be fielded to Infantry, Armor, Cavalry, Special Forces, and Combat engineers. Tests at Fort Benning in 2019. —Chief of Staff Milley[202]
    • Enhanced night vision goggles (ENVG)-B , fielding expected in 2019[203]
    • Synthetic training environment (STE)—a CFT devoted to an augmented reality system[119] to aid planning, using mapping techniques, even at squad level[204] will begin fielding by 2021.[205] [105]


AFC faces multiple futures, both as threat and opportunity. The Army's warfighting directive, viz., "to impose the nation's political will on its enemy" —Chief of Staff Milley, is to be ready for multiple near-term futures.[206] Under Secretary McCarthy notes that Gen. Murray functions as the Army's Chief Investments Officer[66] (more precisely, its "chief futures modernization investment officer").[76]:Section 4[Note 2][24] Funding for the top six priorities could mean that existing programs might be curtailed.[207]

In the top six priorities:

  • LRPF Long range precision fires[208]
  • NGCV Next generation combat vehicle
    • Much small and lighter ground combat vehicles, optionally unmanned[109] (See Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)) for robotic vehicles[212]
    • Robotic warfare, as a concept or capability at the Joint Corps echelon, was demonstrated at the operational level using Joint Warfighting assessment (JWA) 18.1 in April 2018.
    • JWA 19 (April-May 2019): I Corps, at JLBM (Joint base Lewis-McChord), is getting modernization training on the robotic complex breaching concept (RCBC), and the command post computing environment (CPCE) from Joint modernization command (JMC) training staff.[213]
    • Create decisive lethality[214]
  • FVL "Our new approach is really to prototype as much as we can to help us identify requirements, so our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp. ... A good example is Future Vertical Lift: The prototyping has been exceptional." —Secretary of the Army Mark Esper[86]
  • Mobile & Expeditionary Network / MDO Multi-domain operations
    • In the battlefield of the future, where nowhere is safe for long, "you will miss opportunities to get to positions of advantage if you don't synthesize the data very quickly"—LTG Wesley (AI for multi-domain command and control: MDC2)[56][215]
    • Cybersecurity[216][217][218][219] RAND simulations show Blue losses[51]
    • Cyber warfare[220] / urban warfare[17] / Underground warfare / Multi-domain combined maneuver[221]
    • Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing[222] A solar-powered drone successfully stayed aloft at Yuma Proving Ground for nearly 26 days, at times descending to 55,000 feet to avoid adverse weather conditions, while remaining well above the altitudes flown by commercial aircraft, and landing per plan in the summer of 2018, to meet other testing commitments.[223]
  • Air,Missile Defense[55][224]
    • Integrated Air and Missile Battle Command System (IBCS)[225] award, including next software build.[226][55] $238 million also funds initial prototypes of the command and control system for fielding in FY22.[195]
  • Soldier lethality
    • Sensor-to-shooter prototype for multi-domain battle, 2019 operational assessment: Air Force RCO / Army RCO / Network CFT[227][228]
    • Night vision goggles thermal polarimetric camera.[229] Integrated vision augmentation system (IVAS)[230]
    • Natick Soldier RDEC has awarded an OTA contract to prototype soldier exoskeletons which augment human leg strength under harsh conditions.[231][232]

Other Armies

The British Army is also investigating innovations, such as robots and drones, including 70 technologies funded by a $1 billion (₤800 million) innovation fund launched in 2016.[233] Two hundred troops will engage in "surveillance, long-range, and precision targeting, enhanced mobility and the re-supply of forces, urban warfare and enhanced situational awareness".[233]

Russia jammed the GPS signal during NATO exercises in November 2018.[234][235] (See: meaconing) General Valery  Gerasimov advocates hybrid warfare, a "blend of political, economic and military power to bear against adversaries".[236]

China — RAND simulations show Blue losses.[51]

Headquarters (HQ) and commander

On July 13, 2018, U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper said AFC's headquarters would be based in Austin, Texas.[237] AFC spreads across three locations totalling 75,000 square feet;[63] one of the locations in a University of Texas System building at 210 W. Seventh St. in downtown Austin,[238][239] on the 15th and 19th floors.[240] The UT Regents will not be charging rent to AFC until December 2019.[240] The command began initial operations on July 1, 2018.[241]

On July 16, 2018, Lieutenant General John M. Murray was nominated for a fourth star and appointment as Army Futures Command's first commanding general.[242][243] His appointment was confirmed August 20, 2018[244] and he assumed command during the official activation ceremony of AFC on August 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas.[63]

Value streams

The AFC commander, in a hearing before Congress' House Armed Services Committee, projects that materiel will result from the value stream below, within a two-year time frame,[12] from concept to Soldier. The commanding general is assisted by three deputy commanders.

  • the Futures and Concepts Center,[98] led by AFC deputy commander Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley,[44] who is seeking 4 value streams for reducing the time invested to define a relevant requirement:[126][25]
  1. Science and technology (S&T: discovery / collection of ideas with usable effects)[245][143]
  2. Experiments (Testing of a system to a known expectation of effects, or else observation of that system, in the absence of a specific expectation of effects)
  3. Concepts development[24] (Development of a relevant idea about that system)[103][101]
  4. Requirements development (Development of the terms and conditions for that system)
  • Combat Development element,[117][246] Army Futures Command.[98] Lt. Gen. James M. Richardson is the deputy commander. He assists the commander with efforts to assess and integrate the future operational environment, emerging threats, and technologies to develop and deliver concepts, requirements, and future force designs to posture the Army for the future.[247][119][132]
    • The Capability development integration directorate (CDID) of each Center of Excellence (CoE), works with its CFT[Note 1] and its research, development and engineering center (RDEC) to develop operational experiments and prototypes to test.
    • The Battle Labs and The Research Analysis Center (TRAC)[100][103] prototype and analyze the concepts to test.
    • JMC is capable of providing live developmental experiments to test those concepts or capabilities, "scalable from company level to corps, amid tough, realistic multi-domain operations".[65][16][50]
    • RDECOM becomes the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), part of the Combat Development element, on 3 February 2019.[117][31][95]
  • Combat Systems Directorate[246] will be led by Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski[248][249] (Principal Military Deputy (PMILDEP) to the ASA(ALT))[76]:AD2018-15,6b:PMILDEP will additionally be AFC director, Combat Systems [85] who will produce those developed solutions and seek feedback.[27]
    • Gen. Robert Abrams has tasked III Corps with providing Soldier feedback for the Next Generation Combat Vehicles CFT, XVIII Corps for the Soldier feedback on the Soldier lethality CFT, the Network CFT, as well as the Synthetic training CFT, and I Corps for the Long Range Precision Fires CFT.[175]
    • Combat Systems refines, engineers, and produces the developed solutions from Combat Development.[250]
    • An analysis by AMSAA can then assess that concept or capability, as a promising system for a materiel development decision.[77]

... what I do think you will see is some of the capabilities the cross-functional teams are working will be in production and being delivered and in the hands of soldiers in the next two years" —Gen. John "Mike" Murray (2018).[12]

Army Chief of Staff Milley is looking for AFC to attain full operational capability (FOC) by August 2019.[19][251][37]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i The capabilities as prioritized by the Chief of Staff, will use subject matter experts in the realms of requirements, acquisition, science and technology, test, resourcing, costing, and sustainment, using Cross Functional Teams (CFTs) for:
    1. Improved long-range precision fires (artillery)— Lead: Col (Promotable) John Rafferty ... PEO Ammunition (AMMO)
    2. Next-generation combat vehicle— Lead: BG Ross Coffman ... PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS)
    3. Vertical lift platforms— Lead: BG Wally Rugen ... PEO Aviation (AVN)
    4. Mobile and expeditionary (usable in ground combat) communications network
      1. Network Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence— Lead: MG Pete Gallagher ... PEO Command Control Communications Tactical (C3T)
      2. Assured Position Navigation and Timing— Lead: Kevin Coggins
    5. Air and missile defense— Lead: BG Randall McIntire, ... PEO Missiles and Space (M&S)
    6. Soldier lethality
      1. Soldier Lethality— Lead: BG David M. Hodne ... PEO Soldier
      2. Synthetic Training Environment — Lead: MG Maria Gervais ... PEO Simulation, Training, & Instrumentation (STRI)
    • Above, 'dotted line' relationship (i.e., coordination) is denoted by a ' ... '
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (October 23, 2018)  Army Futures Command Wants YOU (To Innovate)
    • —Adam Jay Harrison's list for types of Funding Authority


  1. ^ a b c Futures Command reveals new insignia as it 'forges' ahead; by Sean Kimmons, Army News Service; dated 6 December 2018, last accessed 3 February 2019
  2. ^ Army Futures Command Task Force (Wednesday, March 28, 2018) Army Futures Command
  3. ^ a b Vergun, David A. (13 July 2018). "Austin to be U.S. Army Futures Command location, says Army". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ Roper and Grassetti (1 October 2018) Seizing the High Ground – United States Army Futures Command
  5. ^ a b c d e Army Directive 2017-33 (Enabling the Army Modernization Task Force) (7 November 2017) References Decker-Wagner 2011
  6. ^ Capt. Steve Draheim and Maj. Paul Santamaria (22 June 2018) Long-range, short term
  7. ^ Ed Lopez (21 June 2018) Picatinny Arsenal, PEO (AMMO) Army modernization advances with early team collaboration
  8. ^ John Liang (August 27, 2018) Inside the Army highlights
  9. ^ a b c New Army aircraft will be durable, lethal, unmanned for modern conflicts
  10. ^ Vergun, David A. (7 December 2017). "US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army". Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Army Directive 2017-24 (Cross-Functional Team Pilot In Support of Materiel Development)
  12. ^ a b c d Matthew Cox (14 Sep 2018) Head of Army Futures Command Fields Tough Questions From Congress
  13. ^ Source: Organization, United States Army. For detail, see AR10-87
  14. ^ a b Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, and Direct Reporting Units ARN2541_AR10-87_WEB_Final.pdf section 20-2a, p.27
  15. ^ a b c d Arpi Dilanian and Matthew Howard (April 1, 2019) The number one priority: An interview with Gen. Mark Milley: Readiness (both current and future)
  16. ^ a b c Gen. David G. Perkins, U.S. Army (Nov-Dec 2017) Multi-Domain Battle: The Advent of  Twenty-First Century War
  17. ^ a b c Arpi Dilanian and Matthew Howard (August 31, 2018) An interview with retired Gen. David McKiernan 
  18. ^ Michael Hardy (Aug 24, 2018) Austin’s New Army Futures Command Marks ‘Biggest Reorganization of the Army Since 1973’
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i DVIDs video, 24 August 2018 press conference
  20. ^ a b c Army  Devon L. Suits, Army News Service (February 26, 2019) FY20 budget proposal realigns $30 billion
  21. ^ Sean Kimmons (October 9, 2018) After hitting milestones, Futures Command looks ahead to more
  22. ^ a b AUSA 2018 CMF #1: Army Futures Command Unifies Force Modernization DVIDS video of panelists Gen. Murray, Sec. McCarthy, Dr. Jette, and Trae Stephens
  23. ^ a b c d Sydney Freedberg, Jr. (26 March 2018) Army Outlines Futures Command; Org Chart In Flux
  24. ^ a b c d e Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (October 25, 2017)  Can The Pentagon Protect Young Innovators? Fixing the 'up or out' culture, which favors generalists
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Lt. Col. Thomas “Bull” Holland, PhD, U.S. Army (15 January 2019) Proposed Army Futures Command Process Tenets
    1. 'Scientific research is a fundamentally different activity than technology development';
    2. Incorporate 'scientific research into "Appendix C: Functional Concepts" and specify pathways for technology development';
    3. Buy into the 'fail fast' mentality;
    4. '6.3-funded projects to produce knowledge (technical data) that can be consumed by requirements developers as opposed to PMs';
    5. Use 'evidence-based requirements process' (early hypothesis testing) with citations for evidence:
      • All projects will be executed in no less than two increments.
      • No new requirements once an increment is started.
    6. Summary: 'advances on the battlefield requires comprehensive, coordinated changes in the entire acquisition system';
  26. ^ Neil Hollenbeck and Benjamin Jensen (December 6, 2017) Why the Army needs a Futures Command Enable a culture of experimentation, and develop concepts and technology together.
  27. ^ a b c d Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.  (13 Sep 2018) Futures Command Won’t Hurt Oversight, Army Tells Congress 
  28. ^ a b ASA(ALT) Weapon Systems Handbook 2018 Page 32 lists how this handbook is organized. 440 pages.
    • By Modernization priority
    • By Acquisition or Business System category (ACAT or BSC). The Weapon systems in each ACAT are sorted alphabetically by Weapon system name. Each weapon system might also be in several variants (Lettered); a weapon system's variants might be severally and simultaneously in the following phases of its Life Cycle, namely — °Materiel Solution Analysis; °Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction; °Engineering & Manufacturing Development; °Production & Deployment; °Operations & Support
    • ACAT I, II, III, IV are defined on page 404
  29. ^ a b c Sydney Freedberg (7 May 2018) Permanent Evolution: SecArmy Esper On Futures Command
  30. ^ a b c d JP-1  p.xxi has the definition of operational control (OPCON). Note that "command authority may not be delegated" (COCOM being command authority). p.xxii has the definition of administrative control (ADCON): one application being coordinating authority.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h Army R&D Chief: ‘I Don’t Think We Went Far Enough’ – But Futures Command Can
  32. ^ Scott Maucione (14 Sep 2018) Army leaders ask for trust in lieu of metrics for Futures Command
  33. ^ a b Arpi Dilanian and Matthew Howard (August 31, 2018)  Modernizing at the speed of relevance: An interview with Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy
  34. ^ a b c d Sydney Freedberg, Jr. (14 August 2018) Inside Army Futures Command: CFT Chiefs Take Charge
  35. ^ a b Sydney Freedberg (29 August 2018) Army Futures Command: $100M, 500 Staff, & Access To Top Leaders
  36. ^ (22 April 2018) New Army Futures Command success hinges on relationship building
  37. ^ a b GAO report: GAO-19-132 (Jan 23, 2019) ARMY MODERNIZATION: Steps Needed to Ensure Army Futures Command Fully Applies Leading Practices
  38. ^ a b c d Gary Sheftick, Army News Service (February 11, 2019) Army aligning modernization programs with other services
  39. ^ In, for example Waverider hypersonic weapons delivery, China has flown a Mach 5.5 vehicle for 400 seconds, at 30 km altitude, demonstrating large-angle deviations from a ballistic trajectory, as well as recovery of the payload. See Current test targets, such as Zombie Pathfinder are not hypersonic. Rand Corporation (28 September 2017) Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation estimates there is less than a decade to prevent Hypersonic Missile proliferation.
  40. ^ Stephen Carlson (14 Nov 2018) DARPA issues contract proposition for hypersonic missile defense
  41. ^ a b Sydney Freedberg, Jr. (22 August 2018) Army Warhead Is Key To Joint Hypersonics 
  42. ^ a b Joe Lacdan (October 16, 2018) The Army joins the Air Force, Navy in attempt to develop hypersonic weaponry
  43. ^ Mary Kate Aylward (5 February 2019) Experiments in hyperspeed more on Prompt Global Strike
  44. ^ a b c (15 August 2018) Army Futures Command aims to tap into innovative culture in Austin and beyond
  45. ^ a b Long-range precision fires modernization a joint effort, Army tech leader says
  46. ^ Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (March 01, 2018) DoD Boosts Hypersonics 136 % In 2019: DARPA
  47. ^ Jason Cutshaw (September 19, 2018) Secretary of the Navy visits AMC, SMDC memorandum of agreement in June to co-develop a hypersonic vehicle
  48. ^ a b c d e Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (11 September 2018) Aiming The Army’s Thousand-Mile Missiles
  49. ^ a b c d Anthony Small, U.S. Army Futures Command (March 13, 2019) Futures Command Deputy Commanding General talks the U.S. Army's Future at South by Southwest U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, Deputy Commanding General (DCG), Army Futures Command
  50. ^ a b US Army (Sep 4, 2018) U.S. Army Pacific Commander Gen. Robert Brown: State of the Pacific 
  51. ^ a b c d Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (7 March 2019) US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ In Wargames: Here’s A $24 Billion Fix Army prepositioned stocks (APS) vulnerability
  52. ^ Matthew Cox (28 April 2018) How Future Combat Systems Failed
  53. ^ APG News (June 13, 2018) News Briefs: The U.S. Army Modernization Strategy
  54. ^ Association of the U.S. Army (Sep 7, 2018) AUSA Aviation Hot Topic 2018 - PANEL 1 - Multi Domain Maneuver
  55. ^ a b c d Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (24 Jan 2019) Hack, Jam, Sense & Shoot: Army Creates 1st Multi-Domain Unit an MDO BN for Targeting, I Corps
  56. ^ a b Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (November 30, 2018) Artificial Intelligence: Forget The Terminator For Future Army: LTG Wesley
  58. ^ Ashton Carter (2012-11-21) Autonomy in Weapon Systems Most recent DoD guideline: 2012
  59. ^ a b Army Directive 2018-18 (Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force in Support of the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center)  2 October 2018
  60. ^ Terri Moon Cronk (December 13, 2018) Artificial intelligence experts address getting capabilities to warfighters
  61. ^ (February 01, 2019) Carnegie Mellon Hosts Activation of U.S. Army AI Task Force. Brigadier General Matt Easley is Director of Army Artificial Intelligence task force (A-AI TF)
  62. ^ RDECOM Research Laboratory Public Affairs (December 18, 2018) Black Hawk helicopter pilot interns with Army researchers
  63. ^ a b c Sean Kimmons, Army News Service (August 15, 2018) Army Futures Command aims to tap into innovative culture in Austin and beyond
  64. ^ Dan Lamothe (14 July 2018) Why the Army decided to put its new high-tech Futures Command in Texas
  65. ^ a b c Maj. Brett Lea,24th Press Camp Headquarters (5 Sep 2018) "Army establishes Futures Command; U.S. Army JMC at Fort Bliss is operational arm" Fort Bliss Bugle
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  67. ^ Technology Review (19 December 2016) The Pentagon's Innovation Experiment
  68. ^ a b c d e f Gary Sheftick, Army News Service (April 3, 2019) Army 'Shark Tank' enabling quick prototyping of new systems
  69. ^ Devon L. Suits (December 11, 2018) Army secretary approves new Intellectual Property Management Policy
  70. ^ Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (15 March 2019) IP Rights For Robot Tanks: NGCV To Test-Drive New Policy
  71. ^ a b David Vergun (29 March 2018) Army network modernization efforts spearheaded by new Cross-Functional Teams. The Army conducts a network demonstration at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Army is pursuing network modernization through Cross-Functional Teams.
  72. ^ (27 June 2018) U.S. Army to host tactical Cloud computing industry forum
  73. ^ Sean Kimmons, Army News Service (August 3, 2018) Army leveraging industry ideas to modernize network
  74. ^ a b Jen Judson   (4 April 2019) US Army plans to field a future long-range assault helicopter by 2030 FLRRA
    • RFI posted on the Federal Business Opportunities, April 4
    • Contract award: fourth quarter of FY21
    • preliminary design review (PDR) second quarter of FY23
    • first flight in the third quarter of FY24
    • critical design review (CDR) in the fourth quarter of FY24
    • fielding to first unit in second quarter of FY30
  75. ^ Ms. Karen Diane Kurtz (ASA (ALT)) and Steven Y. Lusher (JPEO CBRND PAO) (October 8, 2018) ASA(ALT) Participates in U.S. Army Futures Command Panel at AUSA
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  77. ^ a b c d Richard Simonetti (23 April 2018) "US Army turns to new technologies"
  78. ^ a b Acquisition process: Materiel development decision (MDD)
  79. ^ USArmy tweet: Futures Command will have the overarching objective to achieve clear overmatch in future conflicts, making Soldiers and units more lethal to win the nation's wars, then return home safely.
  80. ^ a b c d e Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) ASA(ALT)— Org Chart as of 11/26/18
  81. ^ Mr. Craig A. Spisak, Director, Acquisition Career Management (October 3, 2018) A vigorous talent management strategy keeps the acquisition workforce prepared for threats
  82. ^ A sample career path here: Aviation Engineering director to SES
  83. ^ (1 Aug 2018) Military (Officer) Corner: Army Acquisition Centralized Selection List
  84. ^ (29 Apr 2015) Army Acquisition Corps Recognized
  85. ^ a b c d Ms. Audra Calloway (Picatinny) (September 19, 2018) With new Army Futures Command, senior acquisition leader discusses role of Program Executive Offices
  86. ^ a b Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (24 January 2019) Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program
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  88. ^ a b Team White Sands Organizations (TWSO)
  89. ^ For example,
  90. ^ (January 2011) Implementing Acquisition Reform: The Decker-Wagner Army Acquisition Review
  91. ^ a b c d DoD (May 16, 2018) Army Officials Testify on FY 2019 Budget Request
  92. ^ U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (February 4, 2019) CCDC Research Laboratory
  93. ^ a b c d e f Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, CG RDECOM (September 25, 2018)  RDECOM's road map to modernizing the Army: Long-range precision fires
  94. ^ Argie Sarantinos-Perrin (October 17, 2018)  RDECOM at the forefront of creating a more modern, lethal Army
  95. ^ a b Freedberg (31 Jan 2019) Army Completes Biggest Reorg In 45 Years: Can Futures Command End Weapons Disasters?
  96. ^ Ms. Jacqueline M. Hames, USAASC (October 10, 2018) Get that moving truck ready
  97. ^ Futures Command locations
  98. ^ a b c YouTube clip (7 December 2018) ARCIC Transition of Authority Ceremony 07 Dec 2018 to Futures and Concepts Center, AFC
  99. ^ (2016) ARL locations
  100. ^ a b c Tisha Swart-Entwistle (6 December 2018) TRAC makes official move to Futures Command
  101. ^ a b Mission Command Battle Lab
  102. ^ Mission Command Center Of Excellence (MC-CoE CDID) 
  103. ^ a b c TRADOC Analysis Center. Combined Arms training center. Fort Leavenworth
  104. ^ Maj. Gen. Maria R. Gervais (August 31, 2018) The Synthetic Training Environment revolutionizes sustainment training 
  105. ^ a b Jacqueline M. Hames and Margaret C. Roth (January 14, 2019) Virtual battlefield represents future of training Training as a service; more content at scale needed.
  106. ^ Army ALT Magazine (January 29, 2019) THEN AND NOW: TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE critique
  107. ^ Cyber CoE - (its CDID)
  108. ^ Maneuver CoE - (its CDID and Battle Lab)
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