Army vice chief of staff calls Redstone national asset – Yellowhammer News
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin recently spoke with executives and experts from several industry commands and partners to learn more about readiness and preparedness initiatives. modernization underway at Redstone Arsenal.
Martin said being able to meet people first-hand, see and touch things first-hand, is incredibly valuable in deepening his understanding and ability to convey the importance of the work being done on the facility.
“It’s so much easier to explain something when I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” said Martin. “Spending just a day here is worth 20 times the time I could spend being briefed at the Pentagon.” “
He described Redstone Arsenal as an important national asset and noted that its value extends far beyond its 44,000 employees and its local economic impact of $ 18 billion.
“The army could not accomplish its mission without this team here,” he said. “It’s so much more than the impact of this installation on the community; it is the impact it has on the military and the future of the military.
During his visit, Martin met with General Ed Daly, commander of Army Materiel Command, and several key members of AMC headquarters, where he was briefed on how the materiel company enables the military’s priorities in people, readiness and modernization.
Specifically, Daly discussed AMC’s support to the Joint Force, combating the COVID-19 virus, the 15-year organic industrial base modernization plan, AMC’s role in the readiness model, and modernization of the regionally aligned army; and investments in army housing and other key components. infrastructure of our facilities around the world.
Martin said that AMC and Redstone Arsenal play an important role in supporting the more than 140,000 troops the military has deployed around the world.
“Each of them have needs – they need parts for their equipment, they need to be fed, they need to be taken care of – and really where it all starts is here at Materiel Command Headquarters. of the military that is responsible for the strategic support zone in the United States and well beyond the tactical edge wherever it may go, ”he said.
Martin began his visit to the Redstone Arsenal at the Army’s Office of Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies, where he discussed the development of rapid prototyping efforts in hypersonic, midrange capability, and directed energy.
Created to spearhead rapid prototyping and provide soldiers with residual combat capabilities, the RCCTO is poised to deliver strategic outcomes and other emerging technologies, to ensure the military and its joint partners can engage in all areas to deter and overcome threats close to peers.
“This is truly a unique organization and what we are doing is fundamentally different from upgrading existing capabilities,” said Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, energy directed, space and rapid acquisition, which oversees the RCCTO. “These are systems that have never been used on the battlefield before and will change future combat. The innovation that is happening here in Redstone and across industry, government and military is truly energizing and critically important. “
The RCCTO is responsible for prototyping a long-range ground hypersonic weapon for soldiers by Fiscal Year 2023. It is also developing a ground-launched RCN prototype for delivery to an operational battery in FY 2023. During Exercise 2022, the Army Directed Energy Maneuver -Short-Range Air Defense, a 50-kilowatt-class high-energy laser weapon system, will be deployed to a Stryker Platoon.
At Space and Missile Defense Command, Martin visited the Tech Center payload demonstration lab; Positioning, navigation and synchronization resilience laboratory; and the concept analysis laboratory. He also received a briefing on the SMD Center of Excellence and visited their Joint Air Defense Operations Center.
“We are pleased that General Martin has had the opportunity to come to the SMDC and see first-hand how the command is leading the army and the joint force into the future,” said James Johnson, deputy commander of the SMDC. “Our center of excellence and technical center are at the forefront of the country’s space, missile defense and high altitude technologies and today enable battlefield domination and enable the next generation to prevail in the world. future conflicts. “
Johnson said Martin’s visit was a unique opportunity to engage directly with one of the military’s top leaders and decision makers.
“Our aim was to provide General Martin with the information necessary to make informed decisions,” Johnson said. “The visit gave us the opportunity to show a senior military official how the SMDC is preparing to face future conflicts and operational challenges as part of the military’s efforts to modernize and build a task force. multi-domain.
Martin also visited the leaders of the Missile and Space Program Executive Office, the Aviation Program Executive Office and the Redstone Test Center.
“What I see is an incredible synergy at this facility between the acquisition company; the research, development, testing and engineering community; and the sustainment business of the US military, and it’s a team that works very well together, ”said Martin.
This article first appeared in the May 5 edition of The Redstone Rocket and is published in Yellowhammer News with the permission of Redstone Arsenal Garrison Command.