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

Chief, TCM-AAMDC


Colonel Tony Behrens

Colonel Tony Behrens is assigned as the TRADOC Capabilities Manager – Army Air and Missile Defense Command at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Native to St. Louis, Missouri, Colonel Behrens is a 1995 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri.

As a career Army Air Defense Artillery officer, Colonel Behrens has held leadership, staff and command positions from the platoon to general staff levels. He commanded the first Patriot Advanced Capabilities (PAC) 3, Configuration 3 battery in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH in Kuwait 2002, and later, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM beginning March 19th 2003. Colonel Behrens planned and coordinated the return of Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) to the Middle East as the Deputy Chief of Plans for the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command from 2006 to 2008 and, from 2008 to 2009, as the Operations Officer (S3) of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade headquarters, the first to forward deploy to the Middle East since 2003. There, he established the vision for the IAMD Center of Excellence in the United Arab Emirates to synchronize multi-national IAMD operations and security cooperation. Colonel Behrens later commanded the 3d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery while deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater of operations in 2014 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and integrated a forward deployed AN/TPY-2 missile defense battery. Upon redeployment, he integrated all five existing Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries at Fort Bliss, Texas into the battalion and supported multiple THAAD test and deployment operations. Colonel Behrens transitioned 3-43 ADA to assume responsibility of testing the Army’s newest distributive mission command capability, the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).

Most recently, Colonel Behrens served as the Air Defense and Multi-Domain Task Force Organizational Integrator and Force Manager on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. He developed the initial organizational and stationing concept for the return of the Army’s short-range air defense (SHORAD) capabilities, assisted in the permanent stationing of THAAD to Guam and the Republic of Korea, led Army IAMD planning in support of the European Deterrence Initiative, and established the Chief of Staff of the Army’s vision for the use of multiple Army capabilities in a single Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) to counter adversary access denial strategies. While at the U.S. Naval War College, Colonel Behrens researched and wrote on missile defense policy, counter anti-access and area denial strategies in the West Pacific, and Joint IAMD mission command.

Colonel Behrens holds a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, a Master of Public Administration and National Security Policy from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His professional schooling includes the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, the Air Defense Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the JTAGS Initial Qualification Course, the Space Fundamentals Course, the Joint Air Tasking Order Processes Course, Joint Planner Qualification Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Army Parachutist Badge, the German Paratrooper Badge, the Air Force Space and Missile Qualification Badge and the Space Badge.

He is married to Princess Kang Behrens, who has served the Army in multiple volunteer leadership positions at the battalion, brigade and installation levels. They have three exceptional children, Dylan, Tia and Amaya

Deputy, TCM-AAMDC


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.

Roles/Responsibilities:

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

Functions:

  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).