Newly Formed Army Futures Command Visits TATRC
June 29, 2018 | Download PDF
On 17 April, TATRC was pleased and honored to host Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon for a visit and tour of our initiatives and capabilities. As LTG Cardon is an advocate of “disruptive innovation,” visiting TATRC to learn about how we rapidly prototype and think outside the box was a natural fit. LTG Cardon is a senior officer in the United States Army who is currently the Director of the United States Army Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Undersecretary of the Army, and former commander of the United States Second Army/United States Army Cyber Command. LTG Cardon is tasked with designing the new Army Futures Command. According to TATRC’s Acting Director, Mr. Timothy McCarthy, “LTG Cardon’s purpose for visiting was to understand our TATRC processes and linkages, as well as to gain insight about what we are doing and how we do it.”
The day kicked off at USAMRMC Headquarters where LTG Cardon received an organizational overview, followed by a brief visit to Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity for a product review. After a working lunch, LTG Cardon then toured the TATRC field tents specifically in the areas of Virtual Health, Medical Robotic and Autonomous Systems, and Medical Modeling and Simulation where interactive demonstrations were on display.
The Army Futures Command Task Force reports that the “establishment of the Army Futures Command is the most significant Army reorganization effort since 1973. Army Futures Command will be the fourth Army Command and will be tasked with driving the Army into the future to achieve clear overmatch in future conflicts.” Army Secretary Mark Esper stated, “You’ve got to remain open to change, you’ve got to remain flexible, you’ve got to remain accessible. That is the purpose of this command.”
The service announced it was standing up the command in October 2017 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington. The plan is to realign the Army’s modernization priorities under a new organization that will implement cross-functional teams that correspond with its top six modernization priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air-and-missile defense and soldier lethality.
As TATRC’s mission is to help utilize technology to fill future medical capabilities gaps, LTG Cardon’s visit was timely. TATRC’s Acting Director, Mr. McCarthy was pleased to be one of the first visits for the newly announced Army Futures Command Task Force leader. “LTG Cardon is looking far forward - for a systems model for development and implementation of innovative, disruptive technologies and ideas to shape the battlefield of the future. With such a strong alignment to TATRC’s operational medicine mission, we felt there was great synergy and cross fertilization to be offered to the Army Futures Command. We feel that his site visit to TATRC clearly demonstrated this. I’m very proud of our team today.”
This article was published in the June 2018 issue of the TATRC Times.