TRADOC Analysis Center Teams Earn Prestigious Operations Analysis Awards
September 15, 2010
The Army recently announced the winners of its Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Award for Excellence in Analysis in 2010. The annual award, selected on the basis of juried competition, recognizes the highest quality Department of the Army Operations Research/Systems Analysis (ORSA) performed during the past year. The award is presented in two categories - one to a small group and one to a large group.
The TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC) was selected to receive both awards in 2010, a rare feat, though TRAC is not new to this recognition, having been prized with five of eight Wilbur Paynes awarded since 2007.
The Army G-8 will present the awards to TRAC's winning teams at a formal ceremony held on Oct 13 at Fort Lee, Va. during the annual Army Operations Research Symposium. Following the ceremony, the teams will have an opportunity to showcase their work with presentations about their operations analysis in support of decision-making.
A team from TRAC-White Sands Missile Range won the large group award for their "Non-Line of Sight-Launch System (NLOS-LS) Analysis of Alternatives". Directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE) to address critical modernization issues for the Army's Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), the team examined the cost-effectiveness of the NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile (PAM) relative to other precision munitions available to support BCTs in full-spectrum operations. The analysis underpinned decisions by Army Staff Principals and the DAE to terminate the NLOS-LS program which enabled nearly $1.4 billion of programmed funds to be reallocated to higher priority needs.
A team led by TRAC-Fort Lee won the small group award for "Intra-Theater Airlift Planning." The study team included members from the U.S. Transportation Command, I Corps, and the Marine Corps. Originating with tasking from the Deputy Advisory Working Group (DAWG), a senior-level DOD panel, the decision issue centered on the possibility of reducing the hours flown by the heavily-tasked CH-47s in OIF by augmenting CH-47 ring route missions with C-130 aircraft, thereby freeing up CH-47s for OEF. The team's results were briefed to senior leaders in Iraq to include Generals Petraeus and Odierno, and underpinned a decision to reallocate ten C-130 General Support mission aircraft to US Forces-Iraq and to redirect a deploying Army General Support Aviation Battalion to support the build-up and war effort in Afghanistan.