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TRADOC hosts German Army for a Multi-Domain Battle Information Exchange

U.S. Training and Doctrine Command hosted representatives from the German Army to share an opportunity to exchange ideas on the new Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) Concept at Ft. Eustis, Virginia on March 30,2017. Pictured are Maj. Gen. Robert Dyess, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center (center, seated), and Col. Klaus Nebe, Commander of the German Army Main Liaison Staff in the U.S. (center, standing) as they discuss multinational implications associated with MDB. Warfighting function subject matter experts from Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and the German Army Liaison Staff identified and discussed challenges and opportunities presented by MDB and multinational operations in the future. (Photo by: Command Sgt. Maj. Lutz Koys, German Army)

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Army takes modernization exercises on the road

As the home of the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), large-scale exercises that progress the Army’s network through Soldier feedback, Fort Bliss is synonymous with modernization.

Now, after six years of making technological strides for Soldiers across the force, the NIEs are transforming to meet the Army’s current mission by adding new venues and new units to the mix.

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McMaster's departure accelerates replacement time line

By Courtney McBride, INSIDE DEFENSE

The appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to serve as President Trump's national security adviser has created a vacancy at the top of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, which is charged with defining the Army of the future.

In his capacity as ARCIC director, McMaster has championed modernization of the Army's combat vehicle fleet, repeatedly challenging arguments about cost by emphasizing the critical need of a capable maneuver force.

In December, he highlighted the array of problems facing the service: "the Army's too small, the Army got too light . . . the Army was out of position . . . [and] we were out of date; we were not modernized." In order "to reduce risk to the mission and to the force in the future," he said, the Army has to address all of these issues.

While advocating for new capabilities, as codified in ARCIC's "Big 6+1" effort, McMaster also pushed for the Army to gain additional capability from existing equipment, highlighting directed energy, cyber and electronic warfare as avenues for such efforts. He touted the "Russian new-generation warfare study" as helping to direct and focus Army modernization efforts to combat potential threats from a high-end adversary.

The work continues at his former command.The work continues at his former command.

Maj. Thomas Campbell, a TRADOC spokesman, told Inside the Army: "TRADOC and ARCIC were of course proud of Lt. Gen. McMaster's appointment as the national security adviser."

McMaster assumed the post of ARCIC director in July 2014. In that time, Campbell said, "his impact on the organization in helping to develop the future Army has been immeasurable, and he will certainly be missed."

Campbell explained that the organization "will continue to move forward with all essential priorities under the direction of" Maj. Gen. Robert "Bo" Dyess, who has served as deputy director of ARCIC since July 2015, "until a replacement is named for Lt. Gen. McMaster."

Campbell noted that "ARCIC and TRADOC were already in the process of preparing for the planned departure of Lt. Gen. McMaster later this summer."

As senior service officials work to identify a successor for McMaster, "it really becomes a question of which direction they want ARCIC to go, and what's most important to them for the leader," Lt. Gen. Mike Murray told ITA in a Feb. 23 interview. -- Courtney McBride

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The ARCIC develops concepts, learns, and integrates capabilities to improve our Army and ensure the effectiveness of the Joint Force.


A team of trusted professionals who collaborate, learn, and innovate to turn ideas into valued outcomes and ensure that the Joint Force wins in future armed conflict.


Purpose: Innovate to ensure that Army forces are prepared to provide multiple options for combatant commanders; present multiple dilemmas to enemies; integrate efforts of multiple partners; and operate across multiple domains.

Think: Think clearly about future armed conflict and develop a sound conceptual foundation for Army modernization.
Learn: Learn about future armed conflict in a focused, sustained, and collaborative manner to identify capability gaps and opportunities to achieve overmatch.
Analyze: Analyze what we learn to prioritize solutions to ensure that our Army has the capability and capacity to accomplish future missions.
Implement: Implement solutions to increase the rate of innovation and maintain our differential advantage over capable and determined enemies.

End State

Resilient Soldiers, adaptive leaders, and cohesive teams are capable of defeating enemy organizations, controlling terrain, securing populations, consolidating gains, and preserving joint force freedom of action in the land, air, maritime, space, and cyberspace domains.

Our Team

LTG Eric J. Wesley
Deputy Commanding General, Futures / Director, ARCIC

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MG John A. George
Deputy Director

CSM Stephen Travers
Command Sergeant Major



Joint Modernization Command (JMC)
BG Johnny Davis
Commanding General
Capabilities Development
BG James P. Bienlien
Concepts Development & Learning (CDLD)
BG Mark W. Odom
Director of ARCIC Plans and Operations
ARCIC Plans and Operations
COL Rafael López Director

International Army Programs (IAPD)
Mr. Edward Melton


Mr. Rickey Smith
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Arlington, Virginia