TRADOC Analysis Center - Fort Leavenworth (TRAC-FLVN)
Service or Branch: Army
Location: Fort Leavenworth, KS
STEM Fields: Computer and Computational Sciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Operations ResearchAs the headquarters unit of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Center (TRAC), TRAC Fort Leavenworth has a diverse work program addressing evaluation of systems for Army and Joint force modernization; changes in the design of Army units; exploration of information network, communications, and battle command concepts; and development of scenarios, algorithms and models to support the evaluation of Army concepts and capabilities, and representation of future battlefield conditions. Some of the specific ongoing studies include analysis of alternatives for the Kiowa Warrior replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and Indirect Force Protection Capability; requirements for Joint Seabasing; research efforts to better understand Irregular Warfare; and modernization and fielding strategies for unmanned aircraft systems. TRAC has received more than 35 major analytic awards over its 20-year history, including six Department of Defense or Army Modeling and Simulation Awards, and fifteen Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Awards for the best analysis in the Army, awarded annually. The TRAC workforce includes military analysts, providing an influx of expertise in current Army operations, and civilian analysts, providing stability and technical expertise regarding analytic tools and techniques to address complex operational problems. This combined workforce is a key strength that underpins the quality of TRAC's work. Example projects include: - Determining the contribution of unmanned aircraft systems to the outcome of operations, including stability and support operations as well as major combat operations - Developing methods for assessing cyberspace operation - Determining how manned and unmanned systems can work together in a complementary manner Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, established in 1827, is the oldest continuously active Fort west of the Appalachians. The Frontier Army Museum houses and preserves one of the finest collections of 19th century military artifacts in the country. Leavenworth, the adjacent city, is the first city of Kansas. There are some great river views from downtown, as well as diverse dining and shopping, a restored C.W. Parker Carousel and Museum, and other historic sites. In the nearby Kansas City area, major sports teams include the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Wizards. Diehard baseball fans may also want to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It is located downtown near the Jazz Museum and some very popular entertainment and dining. The beautifully restored Union Station is filled with fine restaurants and unique shops, a permanent rail exhibit, spaces for traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian and other national organizations, a planetarium, an interactive science center, and a vibrant Theater District. Just across the street from Union Station is the The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, with one of the greatest collections of World War I artifacts anywhere in the world. Art lovers will definitely want to plan a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, located in the center of Kansas City near the Country Club Plaza, a historic dining, sightseeing, and shopping venue. For nightlife, sample the very popular Westport area, also near the Plaza, or an area riverboat casino. For animal lovers, the Kansas City Zoo is worth seeing. Consider spending some time at the world famous Steamboat Arabia Museum which provides a unique view of mid-19th century frontier life. For a more active experience, spend some time at the Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun amusement park complex, just 15 miles from the airport. Kansas City is also known for its unique style of barbecue. You might want to sample Arthur Bryant’s, Jack Stack, or Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue. A short 20 miles south, Lawrence, Kansas is undoubtedly one of America’s best college towns. Either drive or walk around the University of Kansas. Dine and shop downtown on Massachusetts Street at the many diverse restaurants and stores. Independence, Missouri is only 30 miles from the airport. History buffs may be interested in visiting sites in this historic city, including the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Fifteen minutes north is Atchison, Kansas, birthplace of Amelia Earhart, and a charming and historic town on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Atchison is noted for its grand Victorian homes along brick-paved streets and its important role in the early history of Kansas. Drive around St. Benedict’s Abbey. See the Missouri River from another perspective at the Lewis & Clark Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Weston, Missouri is only 10 miles east of Leavenworth. Weston is a small, charming community nestled among the high bluffs of the Missouri River. Founded in 1837, Weston is a great place to visit with great restaurants, lots of live music, and shops offering home decor, gifts, antiques, clothing, lots of original American folk art, and local wines and spirits. Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River as Lewis and Clark might have seen it in 1804 from the Weston Bend State Park scenic overlook, which provides a view of the river, Fort Leavenworth, and beyond. TRAC-FLVN employs approximately 150 personnel (Operations Research 25%, Mathematics 25%, Industrial and Systems Engineering 20%, Computer and Computational Sciences 15%, Cognitive, Neural and Behavioral Sciences 15%), hires ~5-7 new employees each year, and expects to have the greatest need for Operations Research and Mathematics in the next 2 to 5 years.