Soldier Center streamlines organization to foster innovation, increase efficiency

By Jane Benson, CCDC Soldier Center Public AffairsOctober 14, 2020

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NATICK, Mass. – Continuous transformation is key to an organization’s success. With this in mind, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or CCDC SC, a leader in science and technology for the Soldier, has streamlined the organization from six commodity based directorates to three Soldier capability focused directorates.

The reorganization into three new directorates – the Soldier Effectiveness Directorate, the Soldier Sustainment Directorate, and the Soldier Protection Directorate – along with the addition of a chief technology officer and a human protections director, will further enhance the CCDC Soldier Center’s already thriving climate of creativity, collaboration, and innovation, as well as build upon its Soldier-centric approach to science and technology.

The new organizational construct was effective on October 1, and some personnel realignments associated with the reorganization became effective on October 11. Matthew Clarke will serve as the associate director of the Soldier Effectiveness Directorate. Marlene Owens will serve as the associate director of the Soldier Protection Directorate. Richard Benney will serve as the associate director of the Soldier Sustainment Directorate. Debbie Dasgupta will serve as the director of Human Protections, Michael Codega will serve as the Chief Technology Officer, and Dr. Robb Wilcox has been selected to serve as the acting ST lead for Human Systems Performance.

The CCDC Soldier Center is committed to discovering, developing, and advancing science and technology solutions that ensure America’s warfighters are protected, optimized, and lethal. CCDC SC supports all of the Army's Modernization efforts, with the Soldier Lethality and Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Teams being the CCDC SC’s chief areas of focus. The center’s science and engineering expertise are combined with collaborations with industry, DOD, and academia to advance Soldier and squad performance. The center supports the Army as it transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation to support a Multi-Domain Operations Capable Force of 2028 and a MDO Ready Force of 2035. CCDC SC is constantly working to strengthen Soldiers’ performance to increase readiness and support for warfighters who are organized, trained, and equipped for prompt and sustainable ground combat.protected

CCDC SC is dedicated to using a holistic approach to studying Soldier and squad performance and improving the effectiveness of both the individual Soldier and that of Soldiers performing together in squads. CCDC SC’s areas of expertise include Soldier performance, training and simulation, cognitive science, human factors, biomechanics, protection materials, protection systems, protection equipment, engineering innovation, engineered systems, aerial delivery, signature management, combat feeding, and COVID-19 support and response – to name just some of CCDC SC’s S&T areas of expertise.

“As the leader of a creative, innovative workforce, I look forward to our continued evolution,” said Douglas Tamilio, director of CCDC SC. “The Soldier Center is committed to getting the best technological solutions into the hands of Soldiers as quickly as possible. Through increased communication and collaboration within the organization, as well as with our partners in academia, industry and throughout DOD, we will help create the next generation of transformational capabilities.


CCDC SC is part of CCDC. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.