Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs


  • LTG Karl H. Gingrich
    Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8
    LTG Karl H. Gingrich
  • Dr. Bryan Shone
    Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8
    Dr. Bryan Shone

Welcome to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8!

Mission and Roles

The Army G-8 is the Army’s lead for matching available resources to the defense strategy and the Army plan. We accomplish this through participation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)–led defense reviews and assessments, the programming of resources, materiel integration, analytical and modeling capabilities, and the management of RAND Arroyo Center studies. The G-8 team is comprised of two directorates — Force Development (FD) and Program Analysis & Evaluation (PAE), and one field operating agency (FOA)—the Center for Army Analysis (CAA).

The G-8 team works to plan, develop, and resource programs supporting Soldiers by balancing Current Force needs with Future Force capabilities:

  • Principal Army Staff adviser to the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) on all materiel requirements and the prioritization, integration, and programming of Army and joint materiel capabilities for integration into the overall prioritization of capabilities by the DCS, G-3/5/7
  • Develops, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, equipment modernization plans, policies, programming, and analysis and equipment readiness plans and policies

Responsible for the future Army through:

  • Programming
  • Material Requirements (Current and Future)
  • RAND Arroyo Center Studies and Analyses (CAA)
  • Develops, independently assesses, integrates, synchronizes, and defends the Army program (PAE)
  • Joint materiel requirements, materiel programming, Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy integration, affordability assessments and program execution (FD)
  • Army lead for Joint Requirements Oversight Council (FD)
  • Advises Army on equipment production to meet future Modified Table of Organization and Equipment Requirements (FD)
  • Army lead for development of Defense Planning Guidance and Deputy Secretary of Defense’s Management Action Group (PAE)
  • Conducts analysis of Army forces and systems in joint, multinational operations and integrate and leverage modeling and simulation capabilities across the Army (CAA)


  • MG Joseph E. Hilbert
    Director of Force Development
    MG Joseph E. Hilbert
    Deputy Director of Force Development



Equip and modernize the Army in accordance with National Priorities and the Army Campaign Plan to:

  • Support Overseas Contingency Operations
  • Enable generation of combat power
  • Facilitate global force management of trained and ready formations that can perform across the range of military operations
  • Deliver dominant land-based capabilities to Joint Force Commanders


  • Program resources against approved materiel requirements; provide fiscal stewardship
  • Inform long-range capital investments and ensure life cycle affordability
  • Provide materiel solutions to force structure
  • Enhance near and far term readiness with integrated capability solutions
  • Defend the equipping portion of the Army Program to Senior Leaders, Congress and the public
  • Lead Army engagements with the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Mentor and lead the Army's Functional Area 50 (Force Management) Soldiers

Functional Area 50 (FA50) Force Management

The Director of FD is the Executive Agent for FA50 (Force Management) proponency, overseeing the policies and procedures for establishing a viable, credible, and challenging career path for the Army’s cadre of Force Management Officers. The FA50 community is designed to support and inform Army decision makers:

  • The FA50s are found at Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), Army Command, Army Service Component Command Headquarters, Corps, and Divisions—the highest levels of the operational and institutional Army
  • The FA50 Force Managers synchronize the myriad of Army and Joint processes and systems that define, build, and equip the force in support of the Combatant Commanders and the Army Campaign Plan
  • Army Force Management Officers "make Transformation happen". Professional development opportunities (Advanced Civil Schooling, Army Fellowship programs, etc.) ensure that the FA50's career path is relevant and rewarding, while meeting the ever-growing requirements of managing continuous change in today’s Army


  • MG Peter Benchoff
    Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation
    MG Peter Benchoff
  • BG Joseph G. Lock
    Military Deputy of Program Analysis and Evaluation
    BG Joseph G. Lock


Per General Order 2020-01, Program Analysis and Evaluation is directly responsible to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army for the independent assessment, integration, and synchronization of the Army Program.


  • Develop and defend the Army program and Future Years Defense Program
  • Assess, integrate, and synchronize the program
  • Develop and maintain the Army’s authoritative resource position database
  • Coordinate programming and budgeting phases to ensure an effective transition to the Army Budget Office

Roles and Forums

  • Program Evaluation Groups (PEGs)
  • Planning, Programming, Budget Committee (PPBC)
  • Senior Review Group (SRG)
  • OSD 3-Star Programmers and OSD Program Review
  • Commander’s Program Assessments
  • Combatant Command Integrated Priority Lists
  • Army Systems Acquisition Review Council (ASARC)
  • Independent Analysis/Studies

FA49 (Operations Research Systems Analyst) Executive Agent

The FA49 (Operations Research & Systems Analysis) proponent provides uniquely skilled officers to assist decision makers in solving complex problems by producing the analysis and logical reasoning necessary to inform and underpin critical decisions.

  • Operations Research Systems Analysis (ORSA) officers are the Army's premier data analysts, capable of using various quantitative and qualitative analytic tools to inform senior leaders making the Department of Defense's toughest decisions
  • Our officers are uniquely qualified to analyze complex problems, bringing operational relevancy to studies, assessments, modeling and simulation, optimization, forecasting, and data science
  • The FA49s are found at HQDA, Army Commands, Army Service Component Command Headquarters, Corps, and Divisions–the highest levels of the operational and institutional Army
  • Investing in our people is key to the development and growth of our branch. Professional development opportunities, including Advanced Civil Schooling, Army Fellowship programs, and our Continuing Education Program, ensure that the FA49's career path is relevant and rewarding while meeting the ever-growing requirements of managing continuous change in today's Army


  • Dr. Steve Stoddard
    Director of the Center for Army Analysis
    Dr. Steve Stoddard
  • Mr. Josh Helms
    Technical Director of the Center for Army Analysis
    Mr. Josh Helms



The CAA conducts decision support analyses across the spectrum of conflict in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) context to inform critical senior level decisions for current and future national security issues.


The CAA is a Field Operating Agency of the Chief of Staff, Army, reporting to the G-8. Within the overall Army analytical framework, CAA is an analysis organization that supports HQDA and Army Commands.

By regulation CAA performs the following functions:

  • Theater-level analyses to assist the CSA to evaluate, plan, and execute the Army’s strategic force mission; establishing requirements and objectives for joint and combined theater, regional, low-intensity, and contingency forces
  • Assessments of strategic concepts, alternative strategies, and military options
  • Evaluations of force structure, design, capabilities, and requirements in the context of joint/combined forces for theater, low-intensity, and contingency operations
  • Quick-reaction planning and operational assessments, which address pressing issues and the conduct of war
  • Studies of the Army’s capabilities to mobilize, deploy, employ, and sustain
  • Assessments of force modernization programs, affordability, requirements, and tradeoffs supporting Army inputs to the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System
  • Analysis of combat support and service support systems, logistics, and personnel
  • Conducting workshops and political-military gaming to address emerging issues
  • Development of strategies and program guidelines that address energy, pollution, and environmental concerns
  • Applying optimization methods to evaluate installation and stationing problems
  • Development and maintenance of scenarios, models, databases, and techniques necessary to support CAA’s analytical mission and functions
  • Serves as lead agency for the RAND Arroyo Center

The Army Modeling Simulation Office serves as HQDA’s lead activity to:

  • Develops the strategy and policy for Army Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Enterprise
  • Executes effective governance and resource management through leadership and synchronization
  • Leads coordination of the Army modeling and simulation enterprise and cross-community areas including JIIM environments
  • Trains, Educates, and Manages the Army Analysis, M&S Workforce (Military and Civilian)
  • The DCS G-8 serves as the Functional Area 57 (FA57) Proponent and CAA serves as the Executive Agent for FA57

Functional Area 57 (FA57)

The FA57 provides the Army with officers who specialize in creating realistic simulation environments in support of readiness, modernization, and data-driven decision making. These simulation environments allow leaders to plan, train, test, and experiment, in support of the Army of 2030. The FA57s are the Army’s experts at translating complex concepts into viable readiness and modernization solutions by leveraging new and emerging simulation technologies.

The FA57 Core Competencies are:

  • Readiness – Applying the Art and Science of modeling and simulation technologies in support of training, exercises, and wargaming
  • Modernization– Applying the Art and Science of modeling and simulation technologies in support of concept development, research and analysis, and experimentation
  • Decision Support – Assess, design, develop, and implement systems and procedures to improve efficiency, shared understanding, and decision-making