Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commanding general of U.S. Army CCDC, discusses the command’s missions, and how they fit into the larger goals of Army Futures Command.
As the only existing command that was integrated into the new Army Futures Command, the Combat Capabilities Development Command has a unique role within the command’s infrastructure. Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commanding general of CCDC, says that his teams form the foundational basis of Futures Command. ‘Our Army is based on its ability to define what threat actors are out there, and then to take those threat actors, and come up with concepts. So, we are a threat-informed, concept-driven, capability-based army. As a result of that, we also help shape the understanding of where technology is going so that as concepts are derived by the Army on how the Army will fight, it’s informed by the direction of where technology is going both from a research stand point, and as far as a technological innovation standpoint.” Wins told Government Matters that the Army has changed greatly since he joined, and that one of the biggest changes has been in the role technology plays. “I’ve been in the Army for 34 years. In that time, I’ve seen a huge transformation in not only the Army’s capability that they’ve brought in, but the understanding of how individual soldiers think, and how they come together as a team and their ability to fight and win on the modern battlefield,” Win said. “As a person, 34 years coming into the Army, I remember when the Army was beginning to transition the Humvee as a ground transport platform into our Army and how we’ve advanced that capability over a number of combats and conflicts that we’ve had to use that equipment in, but also to be able to transition into the what the next generation of capability is for our ground platforms.”