Army science, technology command refines role
March 30, 2010
- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command defines the way ahead
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- In an effort to refine the role of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command in a continually transforming Army, Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general, and his board of directors recently approved a new command vision, mission statement and organizational objectives.
The new vision, "The Army's primary source for integrated research, development and engineering capabilities," emphasizes the Army-wide role of the command but also that the fundamental business process of the command is one of systems integration across the various domains of the battlefield.
"We are the Army's systems engineers," Justice explained as the command's board of directors worked the new vision statement. "We are going to engineer the requirements of the Army."
The RDECOM Board of Directors is made up of the directors of each of the command's centers and laboratory as well as the headquarters leadership.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdecom/4133596667/" title="Join the U.S. Army RDECOM Team! by RDECOM, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2784/4133596667_05bd469945_m.jpg" width="240" height="171" align="right" hspace="10" alt="Join the U.S. Army RDECOM Team!" /></a>The new mission statement, "Empower, unburden, and protect the warfighter to enable the dominance of the Army," emphasizes the need to focus the command's capabilities on the output of readiness. Justice said, "We've got to put our skills into the center of the decision-making process and insert our engineering discipline and rigor into the effort to modernize the Army.
Officials said RDECOM will use its vast expertise to explain the art of the possible in order to better inform Army decision-makers.
The organizational objectives fall into the five "Ps" of People, Places, Purse, Processes and Product. The intent of the People objective is to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, resilient, world-class workforce.
"We're in great shape with people," Justice said. "Everywhere we have people who can do what we need them to do. What we need is a plan to show off that talent."
The Places objective intends to acquire and sustain relevant, state-of-the-art, research, development and engineering facilities and equipment. RDECOM has more than 11-million square feet of facilities support an integrated portfolio and the agile development of technology solutions.
"We are going to create a modernization plan for our facilities," Justice said.
The Purse objective deals with funding. RDECOM will develop and execute a balanced portfolio of resources and maximize the delivery of capabilities. Justice said the command needs to improve the visibility of the $5.5 billion it gets from direct and reimbursable sources. "We must put ourselves in good order and discipline," he said.
Developing integrated business processes that enable RDECOM to operate as a unified, agile, innovative and collaborative command is the focus of the Processes objective. "The Systems Integration Domains and Technology Focus Teams will be the fundamental business process of this organization," Justice said.
The fifth objective is Products. RDECOM must deliver timely, innovative, integrated solutions to modernize and sustain a dominant Army. "We take technology and turn it into something of value to the warfighter," he said.
"The power of this organization is just incredible," Justice concluded. "With a common operating picture, everyone will know how to proceed."
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