Friday July 10, 2009
What is Task Force 120?
TRADOC formed a special task force from across the Army focused on supporting an affordable Army Modernization Plan that includes the incremental modernization of brigades and operational requirements for a new ground combat vehicle. The task force is charged with leading a comprehensive review of force designs, refining the Brigade Combat Team Modernization Plan, establishing integrated network architectures, and codifying new ground combat vehicle operational requirements.
Why is this important to the Army?
This effort will result in several documents that, taken as a whole, provide the guideposts for the Army to shift to a new BCT Modernization strategy that enhances all BCTs. Two key elements will be delivered this fall:
(1) an updated Army Capstone Concept, and
(2) an affordable, incremental BCT Modernization Plan.
How is Task Force 120 drawing the map?
The task force compiled a list of comprehensive lessons learned from more than seven years of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq to inform this process. The group has assessed future operational environment and threats as well as evaluating critical science and technologies. Their approach is both integrated and inclusive, to synchronize force design issues, vehicle mix, and network architecture, while involving stakeholders from across Army schools, centers of excellence, the acquisition community, and USMC. Additionally, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Chiarelli, sponsored a Blue Ribbon Panel to inform task force efforts, drawing input from joint-service partners, retired general officers, think tank analysts, and representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as Army Soldiers and leaders with a wide range of operational experience.
What does the road ahead look like for Army modernization?
The plan will set in motion the continual modernization of all Army BCTs with the delivery of new Capability Packages every few years - growing, adapting, and improving the capabilities provided to Soldiers. The Army will also decide to sustain, improve, or divest current tracked and wheeled vehicles based upon their operational value, capabilities shortfalls, and resources available. Decisions on current vehicles are part of the integrated assessment for developing and fielding the new ground combat vehicle. BCT commanders will have a combination of platforms (e.g. MRAPs, fighting vehicles, etc.) from which to task organize for specific missions.
The Army will continue to push the technological envelope and respond to changes in the operational environment, incorporating both the most mature technologies available and the most recent lessons learned into each capability package. This will allow the Army to get the best capabilities in the hands of the most Soldiers as soon as possible.
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"The decision to restructure Future Combat Systems provides the Army with several opportunities. We are working with TRADOC centers of excellence, Warfighter forums, material developers, Army and OSD staff to deliver our products (Capability packages of proven solutions, Ground Combat Vehicle requirements, Network increments, and updated operational concepts) on a very rapid timeline this fall to help the Army implement a modernization strategy that meets the near term needs of an Army at war and posture ourselves for next 5-7 years. We are casting a wide net to leverage the experiences from seven years of war to incorporate comprehensive lessons learned."
- LTG Michael Vane, during discussions at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in U.K., June 25, 2009
"As painful as it was at the time, I felt I had to do it. I got depressed and upset occasionally as it was very emotionally consuming, but I had to work through that because I knew this project would have a direct immediate impact on whether a Soldier lived or died. And I'd do it again because I was helping the Soldiers out there who are risking their lives every day. I never knew I'd be so fortunate to have a mission that would make such a profound contribution to the Army."
- Sgt. 1st Class Debra Tanacea
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