I think that we will constantly be training and retraining and adapting to a thinking enemy. That is part of the nature of warfare and it always has been. I think it's very dangerous to assume that we will get it right and once you get it right, things won't change. The nature of battle and the nature of war is that the enemy adapts to you and you have to adapt to them. It's who can adapt the fastest and out-think the other that really makes the difference. (ARNEWS story )
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Part 1
The future of land warfare depends on the Army's ability to incorporate science and technology (S&T) into the Future Force. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) was established to consolidate S&T efforts
that accelerate the Future Combat Systems (FCS) transition. The RDECOM's mission is to provide superior technology opportunities by influencing the Army's research, development and engineering (RD&E) portfolio to ensure technology dominance of the Current and Future Joint Land Forces.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command became an official U.S. Army Materiel Command major subordinate command on March 1, 2004. RDECOM's objectives are to:
- Get the right integrated technology into the hands of Warfighters quicker;
- Integrate research, development, and engineering across the Army and the Department of Defense, universities, and other science and technology resources;
- Take advantage of opportunities rapidly, no matter where they arise.
Established as a provisional command in October 2002, RDECOM has moved independent organizations into an integrated command of interdependent organizations. RDECOM, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., promotes and facilitates coordination and agility to stay ahead of ever-changing technological advances.
RDECOM vastly expands working relationships with other Army elements, industry, academia, other military services, other government agencies and international partners, by focusing on improving management, coordination and integration of research, development and engineering. The command has established Memoranda of Understanding with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) to increase coordination between these commands and the Army's science and technology community.
The relationship with TRADOC will include the full integration of doctrine, training, leadership, organization and Warfighter considerations into the technology development and transition process. Similarly, the relationship with ATEC provides comprehensive testing considerations in technology and technology programs to facilitate the rapid, effective development and transition of technology to the Warfighter.