Shifting gears

Shifting gears

How RDECOM is responding to the new modernization imperative. by Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins Central to the Army’s future is the decision by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and then-Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy to adopt a new modernization model, with the main focus on making Soldiers and Army units more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) part in this mission is to provide the research and development (R&D) for technologies that will enable the Army to dominate on the battlefield. To support the new modernization model, the Army asked […]

Change is what you make of it

Change is what you make of it

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Army Rapid Capabilities Office,; System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SOSE&I) Directorate,; Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology TITLE: Chief engineer, Army Rapid Capabilities Office; director for engineering and integration and chief engineer, SOSE&I YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in systems engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in strategy and planning, U.S. Army War College; M.S. in electrical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, Drexel University. Also attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows and Senior Managers in Government programs and Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Leadership Cohort 3 Program. AWARDS: Outstanding Achievement Award from the […]

March hot topics

March hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates ACMAs and lead OAPs met in Orlando, Florida, with the Army DACM Office for a highly productive discussion of the latest developments in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan and the Army DACM Office and, more importantly, questions and concerns from the field. ACMAs and lead OAPs shared best practices and challenges, as well recommendations on the initiatives the Army DACM Office is working on. A few of the practices shared included an orientation program that provides a “greening opportunity” to civilians new to the AAW; a recognition program using peer nominations; and a crowd favorite, the philosophy and process successfully being implemented […]

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

Bridging the ‘valley of death’ to deliver S&T to Soldiers

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Defense Threat Reduction Agency TITLE: Chief, Protection and Hazard Mitigation Division YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 11 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: Ph.D. in chemical engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.S. in chemical engineering, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in engineering, UCLA; Licensed Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia AWARDS: Defense Acquisition Workforce Award – Science and Technology Management; DTRA Research Directorate Distinguished Technical Fellow; DTRA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; Army Superior Civilian Service Medal By Ms. Susan Follett “Besides budget battles, the hardest part of science and technology is getting new capabilities in the warfighter’s hands—[past] the famous ‘valley of death’ […]

A team effort

A team effort

Award-winning ManTech program to create a new kind of blast-resistant aluminum vehicle hull resulted from a variety of new and existing R&D.  by Dr. Bryan Cheeseman During the autumns of 2014 and 2015, the Army demonstrated a force protection capability using a newly designed aluminum hull for combat vehicles. These tests involved a large underbody blast gauged on enemy threats as part of the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) project called Affordable Protection from Objective Threats (APOT). The research and development (R&D) on the APOT program offers tremendous improvements and great promise in force protection for the future. APOT focused on the maturation of lower hull manufacturing techniques, pulling together […]

Open-door policy

Open-door policy

ARL implements a new business model to pursue collaboration with academia and industry in a 21st century research culture. by Ms. Wendy Leonard The U.S. Army of 2040 and beyond will operate in rapidly changing domains with unparalleled complexity. Army leadership has long recognized the need to invest in science and technology (S&T) to empower the discovery and innovation needed to maintain technological overmatch and win future battles in an increasingly complex environment. In response, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has implemented a new business model, Open Campus, to pursue leading-edge basic and applied research in a truly collaborative fashion by enabling the continuous flow of people and ideas […]

Border crossings

Border crossings

Modernization priorities spur the Army to take a more strategic approach to international engagement with S&T partners. by Dr. Arthur J. Goff III The future operational environment demands that the Army act now to increase flexibility and adaptability, improve interoperability and compatibility and effectively accommodate evolving alliances and partnerships. To meet these demands and maximize effectiveness for the warfighter, the Army is focusing its science and technology (S&T) investments on six modernization priorities: precision fires; Next Generation Combat Vehicle; Future Vertical Lift; network and command, control, communications and intelligence; air and missile defense; and Soldier lethality. Underpinning these modernization priorities are a series of cross-cutting topic areas and capability gaps: […]

Technology maturation

Technology maturation

Army unifies diverse efforts to bridge the gap between concept and acquisition for successful technology transitions. by Ms. Julie I. Locker Technology transition is the process by which a technology is determined mature enough to move from science and technology (S&T) into a DOD acquisition program. Transitions play a critical role in bridging the gap between technology development and implementation within a future Army system. Successful transitions begin early during S&T development with the establishment of strong working relationships between the Army technologists within the research laboratories and the Army program executive officers (PEOs) and program managers (PMs). Through these relationships, stakeholders accomplish the ever-important early interpretation of user requirements […]

Critical collaborations

Critical collaborations

Bringing industry, academia, other government agencies, and international and nontraditional partners into the Army S&T enterprise. by Dr. Matt Willis The Army science and technology (S&T) program is critical to ensuring that the U.S. Army—America’s principal land force—can continue to operate and dominate in complex environments characterized by adaptive adversaries employing conventional, unconventional and hybrid methods that are designed to challenge U.S. national security and vital interests. The future operational environment—2025 and beyond—for the Army and joint force will demand land power dominance through increased flexibility, adaptability and speed of response; mechanisms to mitigate or wholly eliminate tactical surprise; improved joint interoperability and compatibility; an ability to effectively accommodate evolving […]

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

A Model and Process for Transitioning Urgent Acquisition

By Mr. Stephen F. Conley and Dr. Craig M. Arndt Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism, the acquisition community has been focused on providing Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) to Warfighting units in theater. Some of this equipment is found to be so effective that it is worth keeping and fielding to the entire service. When a service decides that a QRC is worth keeping, the capability must transition and become an enduring capability otherwise known as a formal Program of Record (POR). The Department of Defense (DoD) has struggled with how to execute this transition for years. This paper provides a conceptual process to transition a QRC […]