Concepts and Development Division (CDD)

Chief, CDD

COL Chris Compton

COL Chris Compton graduated from high school in 1991 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery (FA) after graduating from Indiana University in August 1995. During his career, Compton held numerous positions in the FA from battery to corps level and served in various command and staff positions around the globe in both peacetime and combat.

COL Compton commanded C Battery, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery (Multiple Launch Rocket System) in Idar-Oberstein, Germany from 2001-2003, and deployed with his unit to Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to Iraq from 2006-2008 as an operational planner for Multi-National Corp-Iraq during “the surge.” COL Compton later commanded 2nd Battalion, 2nd FA at Fort Sill, Okla. from 2012-2014. His unit supported the training of U.S. Army Soldiers, officers, and U.S. Marines assigned to the U.S. Army Field Artillery School. Following command, Compton served as the division chief of fires for 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His most recent assignment was as deputy chief of staff, U.S. Army Central (Forward) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. COL Compton holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Army War College as well as a master of public administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School and the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault schools.

Married to the former Rhonda Chambers from Goshen, Ind., the Compton's have four children: Jaydin, Garrett, Jacob, and Aubree. COL Compton is currently assigned as chief, Concepts Development Division at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill.

Deputy, CDD

Mr. Sean Bateman

Mr. Sean Bateman is the Deputy for the Concepts Development Division (CDD), Fort Sill, OK. His last duty position on active duty was as the Field Artillery Concepts Chief. After retiring from the Army with over 21 years of service he worked as a Program Manager for SNAP Inc. at Ft Sill, OK before becoming a Department of the Army Civilian in 2015. Mr. Bateman was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1993 in the Field Artillery branch. His first assignment was as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer and then Platoon Leader for Alpha Battery 2nd Battalion 82nd Field Artillery in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX.

Mr. Bateman then served as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer in the Battalion including a deployment to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Strike. His next assignment was as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry in the 3rd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division followed by the Field Artillery Advanced Course as well as the Combined Arms & Services Staff School. He then conducted a one year tour in the Republic of Korea as the Plans Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division Artillery at Camp Stanley. Mr. Bateman then reported to Fort Lewis, WA where he served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer for the 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division as they transformed into what would become the first Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT).

Mr. Bateman commanded Bravo Battery 1st Battalion 37th Field Artillery, an M198 towed 155mm Firing Battery, as part of the 3/2 SBCT. His next assignment was as the Fire Direction Observer Controller, call sign Wolf 32, at the National Training Center. After the Command and General Staff College Mr. Bateman was assigned to Fort Wainwright, AK and the 172nd SBCT where he served as Battalion Executive Officer in the 4th Battalion 11th Field Artillery. Mr. Bateman then served as the Battalion Operations Officer and deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom for 16 months. Upon re-deployment Mr. Bateman became the Brigade Executive Officer as the Brigade re-designated to the 1st -25th SBCT. He then then served as the Deputy Inspector General for U.S. Army Alaska at Fort Wainwright, AK.

In December 2009 Mr. Bateman took command of the 2nd Battalion 8th Field Artillery in the 1-25th SBCT and deployed the Battalion to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011-2012 serving as both a Field Artillery and maneuver unit in Regional Command-South. His last assignment in the U.S. Army was as the Chief of Field Artillery Concepts at the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) in the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID). Mr. Bateman retired from the U.S. Army in September 2014 and worked as a Program Manager for SNAP Inc. managing contracts at Ft Sill, OK before becoming a DA Civilian and serving as the Deputy for the Concepts Development Division in the FCoE’s CDID.

Mr. Bateman is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a degree in Architecture, holds a Master’s degree in Management from Webster University and has a level one certificate in Army Capability Development.


Lead the development of concepts, organizational designs, and operational environment (OE) products.


  1. Concepts (FA and ADA).
  2. Lead the writing of future concept capability plans.
  3. Lead the writing of Contingency Operations documents to drive future doctrine.
  4. Develop and review concepts and scenarios.
  5. Develop and review Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and white papers.
  6. Provide Fires concepts and expertise to the Experiment and War-Gaming branch of the FBL.
  7. Participate in the Integrated Capabilities Development Teams (ICDTs) as required.
  8. Participate in the ARCIC concepts Community of Practice.
  9. Participate in the development of joint concepts and leverage them in the development of Army Concept Framework.

Force Development Branch (FA and ADA):

  1. Lead Fires organizational development.
  2. Develop and maintain Unit Reference Sheets (URS) and perform cyclic review of SRC06 and SRC 44 TO&Es.
  3. Develop future Force Design Updates (FDU).
  4. Develop doctrinal rules of allocation (ROA) for all TO&Es for HQDA modeling.
  5. Serve as FCoE lead in support of Total Army Analysis (TAA).
  6. Review and maintain Basis of Issue Plans (BOIP).
  7. Provide SME input to develop and maintain Manpower Allocation Requirements Criteria (MARC).
  8. Assesses the impact of organizational design for all formation, provide DOTMLPF-P Force Structure/Manpower and Organizational Design domain assessments/coordination data for the ADA/FA Synchronization Plan and provide the organizational input into the concepts, ICDs, AoAs, CDDs, and CPDs.
  9. Serve as the FCoE POC for Equipment Usage Profile.

Operational Environment:

  1. Support future operational environment development.
  2. Support TRADOC DCSINT development of Test Threat Support Packages (TTSP) by assisting in the development of threat TTPs used in testing, modeling and simulation, for assigned areas.
  3. Participates in support and maintenance of OE, with TRADOC and the CoE DCSINT by operationalizing the OE and continuing efforts to maintain currency and relevance in the understanding and portrayal of the OE and the threats that operate within that environment.
  4. Maintain a knowledge base which encompasses geopolitics and globalization in economics, technology and demographics and incorporates both U.S. and threat military developments.
  5. Provide Operational Environment/Threat statements for FCoE CDID JCIDS and associated system development documents, operational concepts, and FCoE DOTD doctrinal and Concept of Operations documents.
  6. Coordinate draft System Threat Assessment Reports (STAR) and Validated Online Lifecycle Threat (VOLT) with system responsible CDID and TCM staff officers.