United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

The Combat Capabilities Development Command, (DEVCOM, aka CCDC) (formerly the United States Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM)) is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command. RDECOM was tasked with "creating, integrating, and delivering technology-enabled solutions" to the U.S. Army. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, RDECOM employed more than 13,000 scientists, engineers, researchers, and support personnel working at six major RDE centers and at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), providing nearly all of the Army's basic and applied research and development services, including in collaboration with other branches of the armed forces and through a network of more than a thousand academic, industrial, and international partners.

U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
ActiveOctober 2003 – present
CountryUnited States
BranchU.S. Army
RoleResearch and development
Part of United States Army Futures Command
Garrison/HQAberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Motto(s)Cum Scientia Commutare ("Through Science We Change.")[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website
Major General Edmond M. Brown[2][3][4]
First commanderMajor General Cedric T. Wins[5][6]
CCDC logo

[7]CCDC now includes the DEVCOM Analysis Center (formerly ARL/SLAD and AMSAA),[7] and aligns with the top six priorities of AFC:

  1. Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF)
  2. Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV)
  3. Future Vertical Lift (FVL)
  4. Army Network
  5. Air & Missile Defense
  6. Soldier Lethality

as well as Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).[7]

Role and organization

CCDC formerly described its role as "the Army's enabling command in the development and delivery of capabilities that empower, unburden and protect the Warfighter."[8] It conducts and sponsors scientific research in areas important to the Army, develops scientific discoveries into new technologies, engineers technologies into new equipment and capabilities, and works with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to help requirements writers define the future needs of the Army.[9]

CCDC is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Before 1 November 2019, Major-General Cedric T. Wins was the commanding general,[5] assisted by Brigadier-General Vincent F. Malone as deputy commanding general and Command Sergeant-Major Jon R. Stanley as command sergeant major. They oversee one laboratory and six major centers:[10]


After assuming command of the Army Materiel Command in October 2001, General Paul J. Kern saw the need to streamline how the Army developed technology. At the time, the Army's laboratories and research centers reported through multiple channels, among other problems. Kern argued that the Army had to "figure out how to get technology in the hands of the Warfighters quicker" and that it was "the impression of everyone out there that the laboratories take too long, they do science for science's sake, engineering for engineering's sake". Kern proposed to unite the laboratories and research centers under a single command, and the idea was initiated to senior commanders and civilians.[11] The new command was approved, and was provisionally stood up in October 2002, based at Aberdeen Proving Ground where it replaced and integrated the headquarters element of the Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM). In June 2003, RDECOM assumed operational control of the RDE centers. An organizational ceremony took place in October 2003 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where SBCCOM officially stood down and the 389th Army Band and the Army Material Command's Acquisition Center were assigned to RDECOM. RDECOM became a major subordinate command of the Army Material Command in March 2004, with over 17,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel at the time. In 2006, the 389th Army Band was designated AMC Band and moved to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In 2008, the AMC Acquisition Center became part of the new Army Contracting Command, itself a major subordinate of the AMC. From February 2012 to September 2014, RDECOM was led by a civilian commander, Dale Ormond, before returning to military command.

Transfer to Army Futures Command

Army Futures Command shoulder sleeve insignia (left) and distinctive unit insignia (right)

As of 2018, CCDC reports to Army Futures Command, which will reach full operational capability by August 2019. The new command is focused on readiness for future combat with near-peer competitors, in a shift away from the unconventional, asymmetric warfare fought in various theaters since 2001.

On 4 June 2018, the Headquarters, Department of the Army published General Order 2018-10, "Establishment of the United States Army Futures Command," formally transferring RDECOM from AMC to the new command effective 1 July 2018.[12] The transition of authority from AMC to AFC took place at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on 31 January 2019, with a reflagging of the Command and repatching of the commander and CSM.[7]

List of commanding generals

No. Commanding General Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
As U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command
Major General
John C. Doesburg
October 2002October 2004~2 years, 0 days
Major General
Roger A. Nadeau
October 2004[13]July 2007~2 years, 273 days
Major General
Fred D. Robinson Jr.
July 2007[14]5 December 2008~1 year, 157 days
Major General
Paul S. Izzo
5 December 2008[15]4 December 2009364 days
Major General
Nick Justice
4 December 2009[16]10 February 20122 years, 68 days
Dale A. Ormond10 February 201222 September 20142 years, 224 days
Major General
John F. Wharton
22 September 2014[17]9 August 20161 year, 322 days
Major General
Cedric T. Wins
9 August 2016[18]3 February 20192 years, 178 days
As U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
Major General
Cedric T. Wins
3 February 2019[7]1 November 2019271 days
Major General
John A. George
1 November 2019[19]7 May 2021[20]1 year, 187 days
John T. Willison
7 May 20219 July 202163 days
Major General
Edmond M. Brown
9 July 2021[3]Incumbent1 year, 205 days

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army.

  1. Distinctive Unit Insignia
  2. "Bio: Brig. Gen. Edmond 'Miles' Brown" (PDF).
  3. "Brigadier General Brown takes command of DEVCOM". www.army.mil.
  4. Argie Sarantinos, DEVCOM Public Affairs (7 May 2021) CCDC's 2nd commander 2020-2021
  5. "New Commander Arrives at RDECOM". August 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  6. Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (10 September 2019) CCDC'S road map to modernizing the Army: air and missile defense
  7. "RDECOM transitions to Army Futures Command". www.army.mil.
  8. "RDECOM – About". April 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. "RDECOM Fact Sheet" (PDF). U.S. Army. April 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  10. "RDECOM overview". U.S. Army. April 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  11. "Life Cycle Management: Integrating Acquisition and Sustainment". 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  12. Secretary of the Army, Mark T. Esper, ESTABLISHMENT OF UNITED STATES ARMY FUTURES COMMAND Army General order G.O.2018-10
  13. "Home - General Officer Management Office".
  14. "PACOM Operational S&T Conference" (PDF). U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  15. "RDECOM hails new commander during change of command ceremony". www.army.mil.
  16. "Maj. Gen. Nick Justice reflects on his tour at RDECOM, APG". www.army.mil.
  17. "RDECOM welcomes commanding general". www.army.mil.
  18. "New commander arrives at RDECOM". www.army.mil.
  19. "CCDC leadership changes hands". www.army.mil.
  20. "DEVCOM commander retires after 33 years of service". www.army.mil.

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