The DCTO(MC) Mission

Deliver Joint Warfighting Concepts (JWCs) to Prototype Capabilities. Transition the Valley of Death.

Mission Capabilities Roles

Develop and support future Warfighting concepts and integrated architectures

Close capability gaps in support of defense modernization

Strengthen engineering authorities and policies

Conduct continuous stakeholder engagement to support development and delivery of capability to the Joint force, Joint Warfighter, and Combatant Commanders

Ensure test range infrastructure and facilities support current and future needs

2021 Mission Capabilities Year in Review Newsletter

The Year in Review highlights some key successes and milestones achieved by the Mission Capabilities team in 2021. DCTO(MC) bridges the divide between technology discovery and fielded operations in the warfighter domain.

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MDJO

Multi-Domain Joint Operations

ME

Mission Engineering

P&E

Prototypes and Experiments

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Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Mission Capabilities

DCTO(MC)

Thomas J. Browning

Thomas Browning serves as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Mission Capabilities (DCTO(MC)) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E). In this role, Mr. Browning directs an organization whose mission is to accelerate the development and integration of new technology to maintain US technological superiority.

The primary technology transition enabler within DCTO(MC) bridges the divide between technology discovery and fielded operations in the warfighter domain.

Recent Updates

  • The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook and Systems Engineering Guidebook replace Chapter 3, Systems Engineering, of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook. The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook describes the activities, processes, and practices involved in the development of DoD systems. The guidebook aligns with the engineering disciplines covered in DoD Instruction 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems, and focuses on recommended engineering best practices for the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework acquisition pathways.

    The Systems Engineering Guidebook provides systems engineering guidance and recommended best practices for defense acquisition programs. It is intended for Program Managers and Systems Engineers and may be tailored for programs in any of the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework pathways (DoD Instruction 5000.02). Programs can use the guidebook, along with other acquisition business resources, to plan and execute program systems engineering activities across the system life cycle.

    See Engineering References for Program Offices https://ac.cto.mil/erpo for links to the guidebooks.

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DCTO(MC)

Deputy CTO for Mission Capabilities
The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301