TRADOC Capability Manager Army Air and Missile Defense Command (TCM AAMDC)


COL William (Bill) E. Darne`

COL Darne` is a native of Wichita Falls, TX and is currently assigned as the TRADOC Capabilities Manager for Army Air and Missile Defense, Fires Center of Excellence. He entered Army service in 1988 completing the Field Artillery One Station Unit Training Basic and Advance Individual Training (AIT). He graduated from Midwestern State University (MSU) in 1993 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery as part of the last MSU ROTC commissioning class.

His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Midwestern State University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes: Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Command & General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

His previous assignments include G3, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Fort Sill, OK; Air Defense Artillery Branch Chief, Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, KY; Battalion Commander, 6th Battalion 52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Suwon AB, Republic of Korea; Battalion, Brigade, and Task Force Operations/Executive Officer in 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, TX and Iraq; Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s University ROTC, San Antonio, TX; and Battery Commander, D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX and Kuwait. His awards include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), and Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster).

COL Darne`s most notable achievement and what he is most proud of are his daughters Serena (26), Alyssa (23), & Miranda (19) as well as a son, Seth (22). One is a 2015 graduate of MSU, two are working on their business degrees, and one is a freshmen nursing student all at MSU.


Ms. Nancy A. Sharpless

Ms. Nancy Sharpless is currently assigned as the Deputy, TRADOC Capabilities Manager for Army Air and Missile Defense, Fires Center of Excellence. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery after graduating in 1983 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She also has a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Development from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1994. She is a recent graduate of the Civilian Advanced Course from the Army Management Staff College. Ms. Sharpless’ military education includes: Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course in 1983, Air Defense Artillery Officer Advance Course in 1987, and the Combined Arms Staff Service School 1991.Her previous civilian assignments include: Deputy, CDID Integration Cell from 2015-2016 and AMD Requirements Team Leader from 2010-15. During her military career, Ms. Sharpless served as a Platoon Leader, Tactical Control Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer for 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion (HAWK) in Germany from 1983-86. After graduating from the Air Defense Artillery Officer Advance Course, she served as the Adjutant (S1) for 2nd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Battalion (Patriot) at McGregor Range, NM from 1987-88. In 1988 she was selected to Command C Battery, 5nd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Battalion (Patriot) and took the unit through collective training at Fort Bliss, TX, to forward stationing at Bitburg, Germany from 1989-1990, then deploying with the Battalion as Assistant Operations Officer (S3) in 1991 in support of Operation DESERT STORM. She resigned from active duty in 1993 to pursue a career in semi-conductor manufacturing in Colorado Springs, where she remained until joining the Army Civilian workforce in 2010. Her awards include: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), and Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Nancy married Lewis Sharpless in 1984. They have three children, Robert (30) a Petroleum Engineer from Colorado School of Mines, Jessica (26) a Management graduate from Texas Tech University, and Kate (20) an Allied Health Science graduate from Cameron University, starting nursing school this fall at Oklahoma City University, Duncan Regional Campus.


  1. Serves as the user representative to the materiel developer on all functional issues.


  1. Serve as the TRADOC user representative and single FCOE POC for the AAMDC systems and programs in accordance with the TCM charter.
  2. Provide intensive, centralized, total system management synchronization and integration of all DOTMLPF-P considerations.
  3. Monitor and synchronize all aspects of total system development, testing and evaluation, corrective actions, acquisition, materiel release, and fielding, to include direct interaction with the Missile Defense Agency, program/project/product managers (PMs) and materiel developers (MATDEVs) of the primary and ancillary system(s), test community, and the fielding/gaining commands.
  4. Using an Integrated Concept Team (ICT) with empowered membership from schools and MATDEVs, coordinate the development and documentation of all related materials, as needed.
  5. In coordination with other CDID elements propose refinement of system requirements in the capabilities documents. Justify or validate system requirements at all levels of the Army, Department of Defense (DoD), and Congress, as directed.
  6. Participate in MATDEV system concept analyses and cost performance trade-off and cost as an independent variable analyses by providing detailed warfighting capability impact of specific system characteristics. Provide TRADOC senior leadership recommendation for all design reviews.
  7. Prepare TRADOC position on, receive TRADOC leadership approval, and participate in decision reviews (In Progress Review (IPR)/Army Systems Acquisition Review Council/Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC)/Functional Capabilities Boards/Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC)/Defense Acquisition Board) for THAAD. Provide user input for documentation of these reviews, such as Acquisition Program Baseline. Act as user representative on any other acquisition reviews/boards for assigned systems.
  8. As a part of unit set fielding, support total package fielding by managing a coordinated schedule of work for TRADOC schools and activities in support of system development and initial fielding.
  9. Identify and prioritize system hardware and software deficiencies to the MATDEV for corrective action. Review and evaluate proposed actions and engineering change proposals of the project or program manager to ensure that user requirements are adequately addressed.
  10. Provide for system improvements (Preplanned Product Improvements, System Enhancement Program, Service Life Extension Program, recapitalization efforts, etc.) in coordination with the proponent. This is accomplished through the identification of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Objectives, Advanced Technology Demonstrations, Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations, and Concept Experimentation Programs for systems assigned to the TCM.
  11. Coordinate all user involvement in system testing (for example, scenario development, test support, unit training, and user subject matter expertise). Monitor technical and user test activities for assigned systems to keep TRADOC leadership informed of system progress and to initiate corrective action for user unit or test personnel/activities as needed.
  12. Crosswalk and reconcile O & O concept to capabilities document characteristics to the request for proposal (RFP) materiel specifications, ensuring the acquisition strategy meets user needs.
  13. Articulate system operational and organizational concepts associated with their system as a member of combined arms system of systems and joint environments.
  14. Provide user coordination to manpower estimates
  15. Provide user representation in analysis of alternatives (AoAs), and other studies, evaluations, and efforts supporting the development programs.
  16. Provide TRADOC representation to allied/prospective users of the assigned systems.
  17. Ensure that program/chartered system capabilities-based requirements and objectives are updated and staffed to reflect future user mission requirements, fielding timelines, system capabilities, threat changes, and evolutionary acquisition spiral development under MDA and Department of the Army guidance.
  18. Synchronize the following: funding with Headquarter Department of the Army (HQDA) G-8; force structure issues with the HQDA G-3; required personnel with the HQDA G-1 and Human Resources Command; logistics and future sustainment issues with HQDA G-4 and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology); joint operational concepts and integration with Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Joint Force Component Command Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) ; and joint operational capabilities, concepts, and architecture with the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO).