Capabilities Needs Assessment

Tuesday October 21, 2008

What is it?

Each year the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), in coordination with TRADOC headquarters, centers, and non-TRADOC proponents, conducts a Future Force Capabilities Needs Assessment (CNA). This effort examines Army force capabilities against operational demands. HQDA and the Joint Staff are key coordination elements for this work.

The process commences with strategic guidance from the Army G-3 that provides a backdrop of potential employment of the future force. Using Joint and Army concepts and doctrine, the team synthesizes a set of critical tasks/missions that the future force needs to perform to attain mission success. These required capabilities are then categorized by currently approved joint capability areas to insure consistency with joint staff efforts. The focus then shifts to assessing the extent to which current and programmed DOTMLPF solutions realize the required capabilities and identifying key gaps in future force capabilities which provide priorities for capability developers across the Army.

What has the Army done?

Each year, as the Army's designated capabilities integrator, ARCIC leads the Army-wide effort to assess critical capability requirements for the future force and to identify and prioritize gaps in these capabilities. To accomplish this assessment, the ARCIC leads a team of expert leaders from TRADOC Centers of Excellence, the Army Staff, Army Materiel Command, Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Medical Department, and Special Operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Capabilities Assessment effort is a sound process, shored up with analytic underpinnings and tempered with human input and represents a collective assessment effort from all areas of the army. It achieves a clear picture of our future force capabilities and priorities. The process continues to evolve, incorporating new ideas to achieve the very best results to help shape our force of the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

The CNA has a clear purpose and an understandable, collective process. It provides worthwhile and usable products during the first quarter of each fiscal year to inform and update the Army's senior leadership. Results are produced to coincide with the initiation of the annual Program Objective Memorandum (POM) process and assist the leadership with critical future force decision making.


For more information about Capabilities Needs Analysis, please contact Col. Ken Bartlett, (757) 788-5632, Capabilities Assessment and RAM Division (CARD), ARCIC.

For more information about Capabilities Needs Assessments go to the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) Web site


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