FORT MONROE, Va. - The Association for Enterprise Information yesterday recognized the U.S. Army's Task Force 120, a team led by the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), for Excellence and Innovation in Enterprise Integration. Task Force 120 received the government second-place award.

"Task Force 120's incremental modernization strategy marks a complete shift in how the Army has traditionally developed and acquired new capabilities," Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, ARCIC Director, noted. "Today's dynamic operational environment demands that Army units deploy with the most relevant capabilities - enabled by a two-year delivery cycle that embraces innovation."

Task Force 120 was established based on guidance from the Chief of Staff of the Army, who directed the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to examine Army modernization following Secretary Gates' direction to halt the manned ground vehicle component of the Future Combat Systems, as well as other modernization adjustments. The task force took its name from the mandate to complete its analysis and findings within 120 days.

With TRADOC designating ARCIC the Task Force 120 lead, the project included participation from across the Army, including all force modernization proponents. The Task Force also gained input from a "Blue Ribbon Panel" of experts spanning academia, Think Tanks, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff. The Task Force used a resource informed methodology, to assess operational requirements against operational demands and funding constraints and Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) projections.

Building on lessons learned from 8 years of war, the Task Force reviewed technology efforts to develop an integrated approach to force design, vehicle mix, network architecture and systems capabilities. This analysis and planning paved the way for several changes within Army modernization happening today. Analytical underpinnings included efforts to optimize MRAP distribution across the force; network-performance modeling that assessed operational value against information-sharing shortfalls; and a precision-fires mix assessment.

Task Force 120 produced a prioritized comprehensive lessons-learned document; devised an MRAP operational and organizational plan; developed a strategy for incremental Brigade Combat Team modernization; and established the start-point for the new ground combat vehicle.