ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- As the U.S. Army seeks efficiencies in the face of budget cuts, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Chief of Staff Col. Kirk Benson said the organization will increase productivity by empowering each worker.

“The Army is going to start realigning itself significantly in terms of money, i.e. downsizing. We are going to have to make decisions in terms of force structure and what programs we invest in,” Benson said.

Benson addressed the headquarters of more than 150 military, civilian and contractor employees June 2 at the Ball Conference Center during a town hall meeting.

Benson took over as chief of staff in February and used the town hall to explain his vision for the staff. He started with an Army video titled “Symbol of Strength: More than a Uniform” and videos about unmanned aerial vehicles and Strykers as examples of the value added by Army scientists and engineers. He encouraged employees to continue their work to empower, unburden and protect American Warfighters.

Benson said RDECOM leadership is restructuring headquarters staff to improve efficiency.

“How can we improve ourselves as a staff? We have a great set of people. Any organization must be continually evolving,” Benson said. “The changes should allow us to empower and enable all the way down the individual person. If you have good people, empower them and they will do profound things. When we empower to the individual level, we can take advantage of all the talent we have in this room.”