Keeping aircraft in the fight

Keeping aircraft in the fight

Working group identifies new suite of technologies to boost aircraft survivability. by Mr. Mark Calafut U.S. Army aviation faces a diverse threat environment, spanning broad categories of threats from ballistic munitions and guided missiles to directed energy and cyber weapons. It also spans generations of technology, ranging from constantly evolving sophisticated systems to widely proliferated legacy equipment. The modern threat environment presents both a technical challenge and a moving target to Army aviation. Historically, the science and technology (S&T) community has played an important role in developing advanced technologies to outpace the evolution of the threat. In an increasingly challenging threat environment, S&T is now even more critical. This has […]

A better ‘reality’

A better ‘reality’

Technologies to enhance what Soldiers ‘see’ in complex, congested environments promise to improve the information available to make decisions quickly.  by Dr. Richard Nabors, Dr. Robert E. Davis and Dr. Michael Grove Information overload! How many people have suffered from the feeling? A 2009 study, published by the University of California, San Diego, stated that an average American in 2008 consumed an average of 34 gigabytes of information every day from more than 20 different sources. And this was before the smartphone became ubiquitous. Such a deluge of information could overload even a powerful computer, let alone the average American. As information technology has become more available to the military, […]

A FLIR for Innovation

A FLIR for Innovation

Moving objects appeared as glowing blobs in early infrared vision equipment. Clarifying the picture so Soldiers could distinguish people from background objects, combatants from noncombatants, required imagination, initiative and information. by Dr. Richard Nabors and Mr. Nathan Burkholder Innovation isn’t just a matter of creating something new. Rather, it’s the process of translating an idea into goods or services that will create value for an end user. As such, innovation requires three key ingredients: the need (or, in defense acquisition terms, the requirement of the customer); people competent in the required technology; and supporting resources. The Catch-22 is that all three of these ingredients need to be present for innovation […]

JANUARY HOT TOPICS

JANUARY HOT TOPICS

Army DACM Office Updates We’re hitting the road again! A series of meetings will be held in concert in Orlando February 6-8, 2018 including the ACMA and Lead OAP meeting, the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP) Council, and the Army Acquisition Functional Leaders/Army Acquisition Functional Advisors (AAFL/AAFA) Summit (the first of its kind). These meetings are a way for the Army DACM Office to connect face-to-face with our many partners and leaders at tactical, operational, and strategic levels. As always, we hope to hear from the field and collaborate best practices between commands/organizations. In Case You Missed It: Stay in the know! Check out the January […]

Complex environments call for better sensors

Complex environments call for better sensors

Or multiple sensors that work better together  by Dr. Richard Nabors, Dr. Donald A. Reago Jr. and Mr. Nathan Burkholder War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty,” wrote Carl von Clausewitz in his 1832 treatise “On War.” The dictum still holds for modern warfare. Confusion, chance, chaos and resistance are as much factors in modern warfare as they were in Napoleonic times. Weather and terrain, misunderstandings and inaccurate intelligence, a creative and adaptive enemy and a civilian population in the battleground are just a few of the contributors to […]

It’s all about the science

It’s all about the science

It’s all about the science…and the people who do it, and the problems they solve.  by Mr. Steve Stark Winning in a complex world, the multidomain battlespace: These are extraordinarily complex concepts. How will the Army operate in an area that a peer or near-peer adversary has worked very diligently to make sure that the Army cannot operate in? How will the Army counter swarms of networked, unmanned systems? For Dr. Thomas P. Russell, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology (DASA(R&T)), envisioning and developing the capabilities and the technologies that the Army will need in five years or 30 years is not a job that […]

Precision fires tilt the field

Precision fires tilt the field

New technologies give the U.S. greater precision at greater range; stronger air and missile defense. by Mr. Michael Holthe  Imagine a battlefield where U.S. forces do not enjoy freedom of maneuver, where supporting forces cannot guarantee dominance of the airspace above us or even the ability to communicate or track and locate threats. Imagine a battlefield where friendly forces are not only overmatched by range but where the enemy can employ myriad electromagnetic effects to deny or degrade our ability to lo-cate targets. Such a scenario is not only fast approaching, but is in many cases already upon us. These very real, very urgent challenges are what drive the Army […]

Science, technology focus of new issue of Army AL&T magazine

Science, technology focus of new issue of Army AL&T magazine

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 3, 2018)— This is big, really big—in fact, it’s the single biggest issue of Army AL&T magazine, and its focus is squarely on the Army’s top science and technology (S&T) priorities. The amazing work done by the Army S&T community—some 28,350 employees at over 80 sites in 32 states across the U.S. and in 14 foreign countries—is the star of the show in the January – March 2018 issue of Army AL&T. Forget “door buster” sales, the January – March issue of Army AL&T magazine is a must-read, literal door buster with more than two dozen articles from the Office of the Deputy […]

Helping to shape the Army’s vehicular backbone

Helping to shape the Army’s vehicular backbone

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center; assigned to the Joint Program Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support POSITION: Mechanical engineer; power and mobility engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 9 years DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering; Level I in program management and in test and evaluation EDUCATION: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in thermal sciences; M.S. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in solid mechanics, dynamics and vibrations; B.S. in mechanical engineering with concentrations in automotive and mechanical systems engineering, all from Lawrence Technological University AWARDS: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2013 […]

Hope regenerated

Hope regenerated

Wounds that used to kill don’t, but IED attacks leave many service members with severe, lasting damage to legs or arms. So the Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine office stamps a high priority on extremity repair. by Ms. Kristy Pottol, Lt. Col. Melinda Eaton and Lt. Col.(P) David Saunders Compared with the Vietnam War, body armor and improved battlefield resuscitation have increased survivability in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; however, the downstream effect is a greater number of extremity wounds leading to higher levels of disability. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) often cause serious damage to the limbs. As many as 50 percent of service members with extremity injuries suffer […]