Long Range Precision Fires


Located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team leads a comprehensive modernization effort to deliver cutting-edge surface-to-surface fires systems that will significantly increase range and effects over currently fielded US and adversary systems. The CFT, working closely with Army and industry partners, is driving solutions for the next generation of field artillery systems across all echelons: strategic, operational and tactical.

At the Strategic Level, the CFT is working on systems that provide the joint force with ranges exceeding that of our potential adversary systems, allowing the joint force to penetrate and dis-integrate adversary defensive capabilities. At the Operational Level, the CFT is leading efforts for the next generation of Army missiles, which will greatly increase the range, lethality and provide cross-domain capabilities to the joint force. At the tactical level, the CFT is integrating a new howitzer which will almost double the range of the howitzers currently fielded and provide range and lethality overmatch to the Brigade Combat Team.


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Rory Crooks

Director, Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team

Col. Rory Crooks hails from Spokane, Washington, and commissioned as a field artillery officer in 1994. He began his career as an Airborne and Ranger Company fire support officer in Alaska and at Fort Lewis, Washington, before serving in armor and battalion leadership roles in Korea and instructional, operational and leadership roles in Germany and at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Crooks has completed deployments to Balad, Iraq, with the XVIII Airborne Corps; to Baqubah, Iraq with the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team; and to the Philippines and Afghanistan with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He has additionally served as director of the International Fellows Program at the Army War College; commander of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery at Fort Riley, Kansas; director of the Army Futures Command Futures and Concepts Center; and chief of staff of the V Corps.

Crooks holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degrees in strategic studies and military arts and science. He and his wife, retired Lt. Col. Lisa Crooks, have two children.