The U.S. Army is looking to improve its promotion and personnel management system inside its acquisition workforce to produce more continuity for its programs, the top in the brand-new Army Futures Command said Wednesday at the second annual defense conference.
Gen. John Murray told attendees that the Army should rethink the way promotes individuals in acquisition, and how the way the service finds and promotes talent for its units within the field may not be ideal for business operations.
The Army should look into extending just how long folks are linked to any given buying project, Murray said, something supporters argue raises project ownership and accountability.
“I think timelines for just how long we keep people associated with programs has got to improve,” he explained.
“It’s not this system executive officers and program managers, although I think about some extended timelines in the way you manage the careers of PMs and PEOs, but also for instance the cross-functional team directors,” he added, referring to the heads of teams create under Army Futures Command to tackle top modernization priorities.
Those priorities are mean to cope with emerging threats and better position the service for excellent power competition. The command is creating teams which will rapidly develop prototypes in areas from Long Range Precision Fires to combat vehicles to new rotary-wing aircraft.
Murray asserted extending the tours within programs will need some cultural change inside the Army.
“We’ve got to change the culture to where it’s OK to accomplish this,” he continued, “because what you get inside Army is exactly what you reward. And the way we reward people is through promotion boards and advancement, and also you get that in the Army by commanding organizations, not since they can be associated with a program on an extended stretch of time.”
Murray’s command, which is newly located in Austin, Texas, is designed to shake up what sort of Army does business and convey a much more creative form of culture towards the endeavor.
The Army has experienced numerous failures over the years, from wasting immeasureable dollars on its canceled Future Combat Systems program, to botching smaller efforts to procure easily accessible technology while it’s still relevant.