Shortly aer my appointment as ARDEC Directorve years ago, the Department o Deense challenged usto make this organization a center o technological excel-lence or the ground vehicle community. I knew rom therst day that no one person or organization could do italone. Excellence or our organization and success or ourwarghters mean it’s absolutely essential to partner, col-laborate and align resources.Partners are indispensible in achieving the true integra-tion o people, processes and products necessary to de-liver great capabilities. Integration is something that isembedded into every aspect o our mission as we developand sustain the right technology solutions or all mannedand unmanned ground systems. As integration experts,we have been able to orm alliances that allow us to com-bine the best talents, incubate the best ideas and build thebest possible systems or the Soldiers and Marines whoght or our Nation’s interests.Tis issue o
Magazine ocuses on the produc-tive partnerships and joint programs that have helped usachieve more as a cohesive Lie Cycle Management Com-mand (LCMC) than any o us could have achieved work-ing independently. Living in a true enterprise means notonly taking advantage o each other's skills and abilities,but also learning rom our experiences and hearing dier-ent perspectives so we can dene the approaches and strat-egies that are the best o the best. Tis method would only be possible with the involvement o our industry, academ-ic and other government organization partners workingin collaboration with each other. As an enterprise, we’rereaching new heights by aligning resources, prioritizingand organizing as a single unit.o achieve this unity, we are closely examining how wedo business and creating a joint approach or planningand process development. We know this is how we canprovide the best possible support and why the work o three particular groups is so important in makingARDEC an eective partner:
• Concepts, Analysis, Systems Simulation and Integra
-tion (CASSI) supports computer-generated analyses o systems during the concepting phase to drive decisionsor the Army and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
• e Center for Ground
Vehicle Develop-ment and Integration
(CGVDI) is the sin
-gular point o contactor the Program Ex-ecutive Oces (PEOs)and Program Managersneeding engineeringand integration service
support. CGVDI had
its greatest technical accomplishment to date with thedesign, integration and production o joint solutionsor the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP)eet.
• Ground Domain Planning and Integration (GDP&I) is
building repeatable processes to analyze research anddevelopment, build technology programs, critically evaluate our portolio and monitor execution through
a tailored stage-gating process. e GDP&I group’s
duties include overseeing the science and technology portolio rom requirements through project execu-tion and delivery.o govern these pieces and synthesize the inormation into
a cohesive strategy, we formed the Joint Center for GroundVehicles (JCGV). e JCGV is responsible for ensuring
there is no duplication o eort and, ultimately, or manag-ing and improving our responses to Soldier needs. Devel-oping a comprehensive plan or near- and long-term needswill primarily help the Army’s ACOM LCMC and theUSMC’s PEO Land Systems ocus jointly on the ground ve-hicle systems we deliver and the business processes we use.Tese changes, while admittedly challenging at times, wereabsolutely the right thing to do. We’ve positioned ourselvesto be an eective partner as we collaborate on projects thatwill maximize our ability to deliver the best vehicle systemspossible. We should all eel proud o our ability to put themission rst and work cooperatively, making the best useo resources and providing the technological superiority our Soldiers and Marines expect.
Grace M. Bochenek, Ph.D.
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