FUTURES AND CONCEPTS CENTER: DESIGNING THE FUTURE ARMY OF 2040

The U.S. Army Futures and Concepts Center (FCC) is designing the future force by developing integrated concepts and requirements, informed by experimentation, and synchronized into AFC and Army processes to drive persistent Army modernization. The vision for FCC is the establishment of a cutting edge and distributive center for the exploration of the future that is adept, adaptive, innovative, inquisitive, out of the box, technology enhanced, closely linked to the threat and technology communities and our Joint and Coalition partners and dedicated to examining the future operational environment to provide the Army with a path to the future. To accomplish this, FCC executes these core functions (Concepts, Experimentation, Requirements, and Integration), ensuring the Army can establish a modernization path to the Army needed 5 to 15 years into the future that can defeat all threats in the Future Operational Environment

Futures and Concepts Center Leadership

  • LTG David M. Hodne
    Director, Futures and Concepts Center & AFC Deputy Commanding General, Futures
    LTG David M. Hodne
  • COL Peter Glass
    Deputy Director & Chief of Staff, Futures and Concepts Center
    COL Peter Glass
  • CSM William Justice
    Command Sergeant Major, Futures and Concepts Center
    CSM William Justice

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Joint Modernization Command

Mission JMC plans, prepares and executes Joint Warfighting Assessments and other concept and capability assessments, provides objective analysis and feasible recommendations to enhance Multi-Domain Command and Control and inform Army Modernization decisions. On order, conducts directed assessments in support of Cross Functional Teams. Vision The Army’s lead for warfighting concept and capability assessments, supporting modernization to ensure that future forces win in a complex world. Who is Joint Modernization Command? Joint Modernization Command plans and executes worldwide multi-echelon, joint, and multinational live experiments in support of the Army’s modernization strategy enabling a multi-domain operations-capable Army. JMC is located in Fort Bliss, Texas, consisting of NCO and Officer Professionals from across the spectrum of warfighting functions. There are three divisions within JMC supported by a complete General Staff and Simulations Center. The Multi-Domain Operations Group specializes in Multi-Domain Operations Concept and the concepts that support operationalizing MDO. Multi-Domain Command and Control focuses on the conceptual and technical interoperability to include joint and multinational. The Field Experiments Division ensures emerging technology and new capabilities are integrated into a realistic scenario. The three divisions are supported by the commanding general’s staff to put new concepts and capabilities in the hands of Soldiers and leaders providing user feedback to Army Senior Leaders for Modernization decisions. For more information about Joint Modernization Command visit https://home.army.mil/bliss/index.php/units-tenants/joint-modernization-command.

Aviation Capability Development and Integration Directorate

Vision The Army Aviation CDID leads the Aviation Enterprise efforts to experiment, analyze and develop transformational Army Aviation warfighting requirements in support of Army and Joint capabilities. Key Tasks Concepts -Develop future operational and organizational concepts for Army Aviation Requirements - Develop Materiel and non-Materiel capability requirements for both the enduring and future fleet of aircraft and enablers Experimentation - Conduct experimentation, analysis and studies to identify capability gaps, assess risks and validate concepts for DOTMLPF-P modernization solutions Integration - Develop, synchronize and execute Aviation modernization strategies through prioritized investments into Reach, Survivability, Lethality and Sustainment End-State Aviation formations optimized at echelon teaming Enduring Fleets and FVL with next generation UAS delivering cross-domain effects from operational and strategic distances enabling the combined arms team to dominate advanced enemies and return to competition.

Chaplain Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission The Chaplain CDID develops concepts and requirements; integrates solutions related to Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel, and Facility (DOTMLPF) domains; and validates DOTMLPF-integrated Religious Support capabilities for the Force Modernization Proponent.

Cyber Capability Development and Integration Directorate

Mission As the Force Modernization Proponent for Cyberspace Operations, Signal Communications, and Electronic Warfare, Cyber CDID develops, evaluates, integrates, and communicates concepts, doctrine, requirements and solutions across DOTMLPF, Warfighting functions and formations to improve our Army and ensure the combat effectiveness of the future force. Vision Be the Premier Capability Development provider for Signal, Cyber, and Electronic Warfare across all Warfighting Functions. For more information about the Cyber Center of Excellence CDID visit https://cybercoe.army.mil/CDID/index.html.

Fires Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission To develop Fires CDID-related concepts, requirements, and experimentation to validate DOTMLPF integrated combined arms capabilities that complement other joint, interagency, and multinational capabilities. Acts as the user representative to the materiel developer for FA and AMD systems.

Intelligence Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission Transform Army Intelligence to support timely situational understanding for maneuver commanders against peer competitors across the competition continuum by employing a mix of organic collection systems, leveraging joint, national, and partner systems, and modernizing data management and analytic processes. Priorities: Tactical Intelligence Targeting Acdess Node (TITAN) Multi-Domain Sensor System (MDSS) Terrestrial Layer System (TLS) Intelligence Analytic Systems (CD1, CD2, Intel Apps) Intelligence Organizations Intelligence Architecture & Data Counterintelligence Reform Buffalo Soldier Electronic Training and Testing Range (BSETTR)

Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission The Maneuver CDID determines and develops future force capabilities across Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership Development, Personnel, Facilities and Policies (DOTMLPF-P), resulting in a trained and ready maneuver force fully integrated into the Army, Combined and Joint Warfighter to maintain the battlefield primacy of our Soldiers and the formations in which they fight. Key Tasks Develops operational concepts, and integrates and shapes current and future infantry and armor capabilities, requirements, and force structures. Represents the Soldier user in the acquisition process for infantry and armor systems. Conducts experiments, collects and analyzes data to validate concepts/capabilities. Supports Brigade Combat Teams and Security Force Assistance Brigades.

Maneuver Support Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission The Maneuver Support Capability Development Integration Directorate (MS CDID) provides unity of effort to advance the Army’s development of protection capabilities, which are critical to denying enemy freedom of action, enabling access, and preserving critical capabilities, assets, and activities. The MS CDID executes maneuver support and protection activities in support of the Army and Joint Force, enabling Joint and Combined arms teams to dominate advanced peer adversaries from competition through conflict. The MS CDID accomplishes its work through the development, integration and synchronization of Army Protection concepts and capabilities, as enabled by four core competencies: Core Competencies Concepts – Create future operational and organizational concepts for Army Protection. Requirements – Develop material and non-material capability requirements for future chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN), engineering, Military Police, and protection modernization efforts. Experimentation – Conduct experimentation, analysis and studies to identify capability gaps, assess risks and validate concepts in support of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities modernization solutions. Integration – Mature, synchronize and execute maneuver support and protection modernization strategies.

Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate

Vision The Medical CDID is the premier designer of integrated and effective world-class military medical capabilities. Mission Enabling the Army Health System by developing concepts and requirements, informed by experimentation and integrated to deliver medical capabilities to meet the needs of the future Army and the Joint Force.

Mission Command Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission The MC CDID develops, integrates, and synchronizes Echelons above Brigade (EAB) HQs and Army Mission Command (MC) modernization efforts IOT enable Command and Control (C2) of Army, Joint, and partner capabilities to achieve decisive overmatch during Multi-Domain Operations (ADO). Core Functions: Requirement Determination Experimentation Concept Development Integration Analysis Capability Development Manage Capabilities Operational Description: MC CDID executes Army Modernization Order (AMO) specified tasks and provides Direct Support to MCCOE and CAC on modernization matters pertaining to EAB and MC. Vision A team that executes integrated, collaborative efforts across Army Command boundaries to manage current capabilities successfully, as well as develops new concepts and capabilities, and conducts analytical-based experiments to find effective Mission Command and Combined Arms Operations (EAB) solutions for a Force capable of multi-domain operations. How do we achieve this vision? Focus on significant tasks issued as a result of Army Modernization Guidance Ensure personnel training/readiness requirements are current and complete Maintain situational awareness of relevant adjacent efforts Know where your task fits into the bigger picture Strive to be the subject matter expert Collaborate as an integrated Team Treat all with dignity and respect Take care of people and families

Sustainment Capability Development Integration Directorate

Mission The Sustainment CDID determines, develops, synchronizes and integrates Army sustainment capabilities within the Army and Joint Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environments from concept to capability development for CASCOM and force modernization proponents across the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership Development, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) domains, resulting in a trained and ready sustainment force fully integrated into the Army, Combined and Joint Warfighter.
PROJECT CONVERGENCE - CAPSTONE 4 Army Futures Command and the US Army will continue hosting future capstone events involving Joint Forces, Multinational allies and partners and Industry partners. Project Convergence Capstone 4 seeks to increase joint and allied participation as we ensure the Army, as part of a Joint and Multinational force, can rapidly and continuously converge effects across all domains. The purpose is two-fold: (1) to demonstrate transformation and modernization efforts, expand war-winning capabilities, and aid in delivering a Multidomain Operation (MDO) capable Army for 2030 and design the Army of 2040. (2) to test interoperability, integration, and adaptability to achieve a Future Operational Environment (FOE) of joint all-domain warfare.

Project Convergence Teaser 2

Project Convergence Capstone 4

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