WARREN, MI -- Lt. Col. (P) Glenn Dean brings a wealth of ground vehicle knowledge to the position of TARDEC Military Deputy.
Dean, who reported to the organization in July, replaced acting Military Deputy Lt. Col. Michael Powell. As the organization's Military Deputy and the Director for the recently created Emerging Capabilities Office (ECO), Dean's goals include improving collaboration with partners in the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and Centers of Excellence (CoEs), using the ECO as a tool to inform future ground vehicle systems requirements and be a military subject-matter expert (SME) for TARDEC's engineers, scientists and technicians.
No stranger to the Detroit Arsenal, Dean served as the Bradley Program Manager (PM) for three years, before he left for the Army War College. "I was pleasantly surprised when I was assigned to a community I am familiar with. There are a lot of interesting, intriguing and cutting-edge things that we do here at TARDEC."
Dean reflected that while serving as the PM in the PEOs, he didn't have a complete understanding of what TARDEC offered, something he hopes to change during his tenure to ensure that other ground vehicle and support systems PMs know how TARDEC can best assist them. "It is really amazing to me, all that goes on, the breadth of knowledge and the amount of capabilities here," stated Dean. "I'm really looking forward to my time here, not only to help our folks, but also to improve the communication with the program management offices, our customers at the Centers of Excellence and the warfighters in the field."
Dean said that the ECO, which consolidates most of the military assigned to TARDEC, is playing a critical role for the organization as it helps shape future concepts and requirements. "We want to improve internal and external communications by linking the various organizations that we support, and those that support us, with a range of TARDEC projects," he explained. "I have four majors, former assistant product managers in various programs, who are linked into one or more Centers of Excellence, PMs and projects here at TARDEC. They will open doors for TARDEC engineers and make it easier for them to do business with our customers, provide our PMs with more ideas about what we can do for them and challenge the Centers of Excellence on new ways of thinking as they develop future concepts."
For TARDEC, the ECO will provide military SMEs that can provide critical information for the militarization of new ideas. "The officers in the ECO are something they [customers/associates] can tap into," he stated, adding that Matt Reisner, Deputy PM ECO, also brings crucial experience from managing TARDEC's Quick Reaction Cell during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. "I want my officers involved in projects. My vision is that people are stopping them in the halls saying 'Tell me what you think about the military utility of this,' and 'Who can I talk to, because I have something exciting that we can provide for the warfighter?'"
Dean said he has been amazed by the amount of activity he sees taking place at TARDEC and the long-term implications those projects have for the Army. "There are so many neat things to be aware of or be a part of," he stated. "It's a great time to be working in the technology base, because as we come out of Afghanistan, the world is a very uncertain place and the Army has a narrow window to affect change."
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once said that "you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you wish you had." "We are building the Army that we will have for the next conflict, today. That work is happening right now at TARDEC," Dean remarked. "We have the ability to shape the Army to do something different, or better. This is the right place to be at the right time. I'm really happy to be here."
Dean, originally from San Diego, CA, has been on active duty in the military for more than two decades.