Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2018 Contents These munitions will be more advanced and smaller, enabling
aircraft to carry more munitions without adding weight or sacri-
The Army Futures Command ’s cross-functional teams have repre-
sentatives from different functions and communities of expertise
across the Army, including members of the S&T, materiel, acqui-
sition, test, cost and estimate, contracting, analysis, capability and
requirements, funding, intelligence and public affairs commu-
nities. The Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team,
located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has two RDECOM employees
dedicated to supporting the LRPF modernization priority, with
reachback to two dozen RDECOM employees for support at any
time. The LRPF Cross-Functional Team leveraged the Aviation
and Missile Center’s S&T road map for missile investment as the
basis for its deep strike missiles future plan.
As long-range precision fires is an integrated system of systems
that supports and enables capabilities for aviation, missile defense,
armaments and tank, automotive and Soldier systems, the LRPF
Cross-Functional team works closely with other cross-functional
teams through working groups. These working groups analyze
modernization dependencies to ensure that capabilities and tech-
nologies align with portfolio investments.
The driving mission of the LRPF Cross-Functional Team is to
enable technologies for cannons, munitions, rockets and missiles
with enhanced precision and lethality effects at extended ranges
in degraded A2AD operational environments. The team’s near-
term goals are to develop cohesive modernization road maps to
deliver technology for long-range precision fires and maintain
Army S&T portfolio investments to support current and future
overmatch capability gaps.
In looking to support the future of the Army, RDECOM is
planning technology demonstrations with cannons, munitions,
rockets and missiles with various ranges. Demonstrations began
in May 2018 and are scheduled to continue over the next several
years as the technologies transition to programs of record, which
are fully funded, or become directed requirements, which are
expedited requirements to fill an urgent need.
As RDECOM transitions into the new Army Futures Command,
it will continue to support the modernization effort by working
on projects with internal and external partners to sharpen the
Army’s competitive advantage. Leveraging the Army’s modern-
ization strategy to fail early and fail cheaply, the centers and
labs promote continuous experimentation and prototyping that
reduces risk, demonstrates technical maturity and evaluates tech-
nical solutions to inform requirements for near- and far-term
RDECOM uses the lessons learned from experimentation
and prototyping to refine technology for capabilities that the
warfighter will need to fight and win in multidomain operations.
It has long shared those lessons learned with the Army Capa-
bilities Integration Center and other partners. The command is
now deeply involved in helping the Army design the new Army
Futures Command to maximize its core competencies while
achieving the greatest possible synergy with its new partners in
For more information, go to http://www.rdecom.army.mil/ or
contact RDECOM Public Affairs at 443-395-3922.
MAJ. GEN. CEDRIC T. WINS is the commanding general of
RDECOM. Wins graduated from the Virginia Military Institute
and was commissioned in the Field Artillery in July 1985. His mili-
tary education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced
Courses, U.S . Army Command and General Staff College and the
National War College, where he earned an M.S . in national secu-
rity and strategic studies. Wins also holds an M.S . in management
from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Soldiers will not only need the most advanced weapons
available, but they also will need to know which weapons will
be most effective in different scenarios.
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