DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich.— The researchers and engineers responsible for developing the next generation of Army vehicles got a new leader Aug. 13.
U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Director Dale Ormond formally presented Dr. Paul Rogers with delegation of authority during a ceremony here. The Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center is a critical organization within RDECOM.
“It is very rare that civilians get this kind of opportunity,” Ormond said. “This is one of the opportunities where we hand a civilian a set of keys and say, ‘It’s yours to drive and it’s yours to manage and run.’ We don’t do that very often, so this is a very special occasion.”
Rogers previously served as Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems deputy, also located at the Detroit Arsenal. In that role, Rogers managed the development, systems integration, acquisition, testing, fielding, sustainment and improvement of ground combat systems for with the Army’s transformation plan. He said the time spent with the PEO increased his knowledge of how TARDEC collaborates with its government partners and prepared him for his new role.