Next Generation Combat Vehicles


Located at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, the Next Generation of Combat Vehicles’ mission is to narrow or close cross domain maneuver capability gaps by developing Army requirements for our next generation of combat vehicles, while synchronizing and overseeing all supporting materiel development activities, experiments and assessments. The team will use a rapid, iterative process to capability development that reduces costs, technological obsolescence, acquisition risk and increases the speed of delivery.

The Cross-Functional Team will look to non-traditional suppliers and academics as well as leverage early prototyping and Soldier experimentation before defining requirements. To develop the next generation of combat vehicles, the Army is exploring development of key enabling technologies in the following areas: Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Directed Energy and Energetics, Power Generation and Management, Advanced Armor Materiel Solutions and Vehicle Protective Suites. Soldiers must have a next generation combat vehicle that provides increased survivability, mobility and lethality at a reduced weight, to close with and destroy peer threats through maneuver, firepower and shock-effect.


Major General
Ross Coffman

Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team

Upon graduating from Centre College and completing the University of Kentucky’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman was commissioned into the Armor Corps.

His company grade years were spent with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas, and the National Training Center Operations Group. Ross served as a field grade officer in the Joint Interagency Task Force South, the 1st Armored Division, the NTC, and twice with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Most recently, Ross served as the deputy commanding general for maneuver in the 1st Infantry Division with duty in eastern Europe. He currently serves at the director of the NGCV CFT located at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan.

His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, an Masters of Business Administration from Embry Riddle University and a Graduate Fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.