Mr. Paul D. Rogers Ph.D
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Military Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2016
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Trends and Challenges in Autonomous Logistics for Future Operations
Autonomy-enabled systems have the ability to provide significant overmatch capabilities in theater operations involving air and ground systems. In the context of an overarching strategic progression of autonomous systems capabilities in the US Army, this presentation will outline mature near-term capabilities such as Leader-Follower Convoy in obtaining assured resupply logistics. The challenges of integrating these technologies into military platforms, the development of modular adaptable kitted solutions, and other examples of demonstrating unmanned systems capability to execute operationally-relevant warfighter scenarios will be discussed. These demonstrations involve both the user community and industrial partners informing the Science and Technology (S&T), combat and materiel developer communities. The role of virtual and physical prototyping in experimentation in technology development and insertion process used by TARDEC, referred to as the Digital Physical Thread, will also be described.
Dr. Paul D. Rogers serves as the Director of TARDEC where he is responsible for providing executive management to deliver advanced technology solutions for all Department of Defense ground systems and combat support equipment. Dr. Rogers is a member of the Army Senior Executive Service. As the TARDEC Director, Dr. Rogers manages a workforce of more than 1,700 engineers, scientists, researchers, and support staff and sets strategic direction for a full range of investments that affect more than 270 Army systems. With an annual budget of more than $475 million, Dr. Rogers ensures TARDEC provides vigilance and resourcefulness to deliver solutions within cost and on schedule so our Soldiers can dominate on the battlefield. Dr. Rogers previously served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems where he managed the development, systems integration, acquisition, testing, fielding, sustainment and improvement of ground combat systems in accordance with the Army's transformation campaign plan. The Ground Combat Systems Program has an annual budget of more than $2.9 billion with a total program cost of more than $18.46 billion (POM FY14-18). Dr. Rogers’ responsibilities included ensuring that all of the coordination and communication is achieved for a complex and diverse organization with two Pre-MDAP programs (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and Ground Combat Vehicle) and four ACAT I programs, including the Paladin Integrated Management, Abrams Tank Upgrade, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Upgrade and the Stryker Armored Vehicle System. Additionally, he oversaw four ACAT II programs as well as approximately 100 other weapons system programs.