By Tim Rider (AMC)November 23, 2010
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), toured facilities at Picatinny Arsenal Nov. 18. The ARCIC is responsible for the identification, design, development and synchronization of capabilities into the Army's current and future Modular Force, bringing together all Army agencies as well as Joint, Multinational and other DoD agencies to manage rapid change.
While at Picatinny, Vane met with leadership from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), including Director Gerry Melendez.
"It was an extremely productive visit," said Melendez. "We are working toward strengthening the ties between our respective organizations."
Since TRADOC writes requirements for Army systems, and ARDEC, along with other Army labs and in conjunction with the project manager community, designs, engineers and builds to those requirements, communication between the communities is critical to successfully delivering equipment to the warfighters.
"We discussed how we, the ARDEC, can better inform the requirements definition process," said Melendez. "We want to work with them to define the art of the possible."
Vane and Melendez also discussed how TRADOC may be able to assist in getting warfighters' assessments of technologies early in development.
About Us: Picatinny Arsenal is a Department of Defense center of excellence for the research, development, engineering and fielding of advanced armaments and weapon systems for all branches of the U.S. military. Known as the "Home of American Firepower," the New Jersey team of 5,000-strong provides a range of innovative technologies to support and protect today's warfighters. Learn more at www.pica.army.mil