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Capabilities Development for Rapid Transition

What is it?
During recent combat operations the Army developed new materiel systems and non-materiel capabilities to meet emerging challenges. The CDRT is a semi-annual Army process that identifies the very best non-standard materiel and non-materiel insertions the Army should incorporate as enduring throughout the force. The CRRT is managed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) Asymmetric Warfare Division (AWD), in partnership with Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) G-3/5/7 Capability Integration Division (DAMO-CI). The goal was to significantly reduce the time it takes to field selected systems or capabilities to the operational force. The process also recommends disposition for those capabilities not selected as enduring, either for retention (e.g., sustain) within the operational theaters or for termination of all Army support. Operational Army unit survey responses provide the basis for recommendations.

Systems identified as enduring are accelerated in their transition into a new or existing acquisition program. The intent of the selection criteria is to qualify each for entry into the Joint Capability Integration and Development (JCIDS) process at a later stage, either beginning with a capabilities development document (CDD) or a capabilities production document (CPD). The CDRT process does not bypass the JCIDS process for materiel systems, but leverages a provision in Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI) 3170.01 that provides for a military utility assessment that enables entry into the process at a later stage if a system has performed successfully in an operational environment.

The Army incorporates non-materiel capabilities identified as enduring through standard doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) development processes and procedures. For example, an organizational capability change would require consideration by the force design update (FDU) process.

What has the Army done?
The AWD and HQDA G-3/5/7 have conducted 4 iterations of the CDRT process to date and the last, iteration number 5, is in the final approval phase. The process has evolved since 2004 from an annual consideration of only materiel systems, to a semi-annual process considering both materiel systems and non-materiel capabilities. Through iteration number four (approved May 2008); the CDRT process has considered 364 materiel systems and two non-materiel capabilities. The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army approved 23 systems for acquisition program status and one non-materiel capability as an enduring capability. Examples of acquisition programs include the improvised explosive device (IED) route clearance package, the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), and the Common Remote Operated Weapons System (CROWS). The non-materiel capability approved to date is the Weapons Intelligence Team (WIT). Iteration five recommends no new acquisition programs, the incorporation of two materiel systems (Greendart and TIGR) into other acquisition programs, and six non-materiel capabilities for approval as enduring capabilities: Army Culture and Foreign Language Strategy, Improvised Explosive Device (IED)-Defeat Training Program, Counter-IED Targeting Program, Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat Program, the Law Enforcement Program, and the Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, and Disseminate process.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to conduct CDRT iterations every six months and iteration number six began in August of 2008. The Army is institutionalizing the process in the upcoming versions of Army Regulations (AR) 71-9 Materiel Requirements, AR 750-1 (Army Materiel Maintenance Policy), and TRADOC Regulation (TR) 71-20 Concept Development, Experimentation, and Requirements Determination, currently in draft.

Why is this important to the Army?
CDRT process is an example of generating force responsiveness to operational force requirements by reducing the time it takes to meet warfighter requirements with materiel and non-materiel capabilities. The process also identifies systems working well in operational theaters the Army supports, as well as identifying those capabilities the Army should terminate, saving resources. Finally, through expanding CDRT to include non-materiel capabilities the process addresses rapidly developed capabilities across all DOTMLPF domains.

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