Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Colonel Paul A. Cravey is currently serving as Director, TRA- DOC Capability Manager for Reconnaissance and Attack, Fort Rucker, AL. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Aviation from North Georgia College, Colonel Cravey began his professional career in 1992 as an Aviation Support Platoon Leader and Aero- scout Platoon Leader in Fort Hood TX and Camp Eagle, Korea. Following completion of the Aviation Officer Advanced Course in 1995 he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg North Carolina and served in a variety of assignments including command of Crazyhorse Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry. After completion of a tour at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California and the Army's Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and immediately deployed to Taji, Iraq where he served for six months as an operations officer. In 2005, he deployed to Kirkuk and Tikrit Iraq where he served for 15 months in both ground and aviation assignments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009 he was deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division for one year to serve as a Security Force Assistance Team Leader for the Afghan Border Police. From 2011-2013, Colonel Cravey served as the Commander of the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley Kansas, and followed that with a one year assignment as the operations offi- cer for the Brigade Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, Texas. Colonel Cravey is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the U.S. Army War College where he earned an MBA and Masters of Strategic Studies respectively. STREAMLINING JOINT OFFENSE AND DEFENSE A&M spoke with COL Paul Cravey, Director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager for Reconnaissance and Attack Attack, regarding efforts to increase the precision lethality of Army aviation assets from a doctrinal perspective addressing joint oper- ability, firepower, and protective systems integration. A&M: Please speak to your role as Director, TRADOC CM UAS. COL Cravey: I oversee a directorate responsible for Reconnaissance and Attack capability development for the Army. Specifically, we develop and manage doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy (DOTMLPF-P) solution sets in support of manned and unmanned Attack and Reconnaissance programs in addition to the Army Aviation Lethality Strategy. My team works with capability developers, material developers, test and evaluation personnel, Army commands, units assigned Attack and Reconnaissance systems, and Department of the Army and Joint Staffs on issues influencing the organization, fielding, deployment, and sustainment of Reconnaissance and Attack systems. A&M: From an Army-specific focus on autonomous systems development and integration, speak to some of the key focus areas that your office is working on. COL Cravey: Three of our major lines of effort are interoperability, lethality and survivability.We are working to increase interoperability between manned and unmanned aviation reconnaissance and attack platforms. Our future goals for interoperability are to streamline the sensor to shooter connection through federated linkages that reduce pilot and operator workload and to develop integrated solutions that will link future aircraft and sensors to promote cross cueing and cross domain fires. We want to make the feed that UAS delivers accessible to everyone who can impact the fight. We plan to do this through facilitating supervised control of UAS to the user level by leveraging a Scalable Control Interface (SCI). Levels of autonomy will differ based on the platform and mission set; there will always be a "man in the loop" for all platforms in a supervisory capacity, but specifically for reconnaissance and attack missions. COL Paul Cravey Director TRADOC Capability Manager for Reconnaissance and Attack ARMY AIR INTEGRATING MISSION DOCTRINE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 20 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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