COL Warren Sponsler is a US Army Armor Officer currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV-CFT) at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, as a part of Army Futures Command. The NGCV-CFT is charged with leading the US Army’s ground combat vehicle modernization efforts to fight and win on the future battlefield. COL Sponsler has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the operational Army including Company Command in the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and support to multiple operational deployments with units around the world. COL Sponsler commanded the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado, and in the Middle East supporting Operation Spartan Shield. Following command, COL Sponsler served as the Senior Brigade Combat Team Observer/Control-Trainer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, and subsequently completed a US Army War College Fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program prior to assuming current duties.
The demands of a modern battlefield, from sensing and processing data, to moving around in different types of physical terrains and domains, the Army has forged a new way of thinking about ground vehicles. The Next-Generation Combat Vehicle CFT aims to push vehicle development into the future of the Service's needs, and this session will highlight some of these ongoing efforts.