The U.S. Army's ground systems organizations are adopting 30-year vehicle and equipment modernization strategies that provide a road map of future capabilities across the acquisition life cycle. TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy establishes the long-range model that will fill potential capability gaps, explore future programs of record (PORs) and provide engineering services that will support Soldiers of today and tomorrow.
The 30-Year Strategy enables TARDEC to achieve its vision of becoming the recognized DoD leader for ground systems and combat support systems, technology integration and system-of-systems engineering. It brings together associates and engages collaborative partners to leverage resources and streamline the process to deliver products and services.
Three Value Streams (VS) act as the foundation for TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy. They serve as the end-to-end process TARDEC uses to deliver a variety of products and services.
- VS1: Shape Requirements for Future Programs of Records focuses on developing new concepts and designs for the future force.
- VS2: Develop New Capabilities for Current Ground Systems focuses on developing and integrating new technologies and capabilities that support existing programs of record.
- VS3: Provide Engineering Support and Services focuses on providing the overall best engineering service and value to TARDEC partners throughout vehicle life cycles.
"As an organization, in a broad sense, TARDEC provides value in those three ways," explained Michael Rose, Team Leader for TARDEC Strategic Technology Planning. "Over the past 10 years, we have been primarily focused on what is now known as VS2 — developing capabilities for current ground systems. What the 30-Year Strategy does is acknowledges our commitment to VS1 and VS3, and emphasizes the importance of developing new concepts for the Future Force, supporting the acquisition community with engineering services and support, and providing expertise in systems engineering capabilities and modeling and simulation."
In the 30-Year Strategy, Value Streams are composed of their respective Lines of Effort (LoE). For instance, the VS1 LoEs are autonomy-enabled systems, ground systems architecture, protected mobility, and power density and energy efficiency. The LoEs unify efforts and support task organization to achieve the desired results. These LoEs encompass groups of programs or projects coming together to form Key Outcomes (KO). A KO under the autonomy-enabled systems LoE will demonstrate autonomy-enabled convoy operations to support global logistical resupply operations to reduce Soldiers' burdens.
Finally, Capability Sets (CS) integrate multiple capabilities from across the three VSs to form higher order demonstration capabilities. "These capability sets become the big demonstration of new capabilities that are coming out of this organization," Rose explained. For example, one of the 14 CSs calls for a coordinated combination of manned vehicles, autonomy-enabled systems and dismounted Soldiers working in teams.
"The 30-Year Strategy is meant to guide associates in a new way of thinking about their role here, as part of a larger organization rather than as parts of an individual directorate," Rose continued. "We need to work as a unified whole with common long-range objectives — the KOs and CSs — if we are truly going to be the Army's leading ground system integrators."