Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers view live-stream full-motion video from unmanned aerial vehicles via a smartphone. They access 3D digital maps to send precision target coordinates. Soldiers are relying on these advanced technologies to improve lethality and maintain battlefield dominance. These are among the improvements that will be embedded in future fire-support capabilities. The Army has started testing four upgraded systems for its Field Artillery units to provide more accurate and timely fire support to maneuver formations. Fielding is scheduled to begin in fall 2017. “These improved capabilities allow us to be lighter, faster and more lethal by optimizing the sensor-to-shooter digital chain,” […]

Technically Speaking: You’re Saying What?

Technically Speaking: You’re Saying What?

Writing in plain language saves time and money while earning trust from taxpayers, Soldiers and businesses. Plus, it’s the law. by Ms. Mary Kate Aylward Writing in plain language is: (a) Easy: Say what you mean to say. Type. Proofread. Run spell check. Hit “send.” (b) Hard: Choose from among the 171,476 words (according to the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition) of the English language and arrange them according to seemingly arcane rules. (c) Your duty: Government regulations require you to explain what you spend the taxpayers’ money on and why, and an explanation that the taxpayer can’t understand doesn’t count. (d) The law of the land since the passage […]

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Autonomous control of routine, time-consuming tasks could free up commanders to concentrate on more difficult decisions. by Mr. James Hennig, Dr. Peter Schwartz and Ms. Kathryn Bailey When the fight commences, the commander shifts the military decision-making process into high gear. While the commander’s years of experience often dictate the pace of this process, even the most battle-hardened leaders must operate within the confines of the human brain’s cognitive capabilities. What if technology could automate routine, time-consuming tasks to shave minutes, or even hours, off the decision-making process? DOD thinks it can and is evaluating overarching concepts that would incorporate autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI) into its future combat […]

March 2017 Hot Topics

March 2017 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The results of the FY17 Civilian Product Director and Project Director Board are coming soon! The Talent Management Board of Directors met Feb. 24 and recommended the FY17 product director (GS-14) and FY17 project director (GS-15) slate for approval by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Tentative slating is scheduled for release in mid-March. There are 15 product director positions and one project director position for FY17. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is rolling out a new and improved .mil portal with a new look and feel. It will be released in three phases: Phase I was launched in February, Phase II will be launched […]

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

PM CCS is using robots to detect, mark and neutralize explosive hazards while keeping Soldiers at a safe distance. by Maj. Lendrick James and Mr. Kwai-Fung Chan Searching for explosive hazards with handheld mine detectors can be both physically and mentally taxing. Explosive hazards can be buried underground, laid on the ground or placed flush with the ground’s surface. There are a variety of techniques to emplace them, including scattering the devices on the ground or delivering them by vehicles or helicopters. The Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), within the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, has partnered with Carnegie Robotics LLC, a cutting-edge manufacturer of advanced robotic […]

Faces of the Force: Lindsey Miller

Faces of the Force: Lindsey Miller

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center TITLE: Project manager YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level II in facilities engineering and program management EDUCATION: M.S. in management and human resource management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in business management and human resource management, Athens State University; associate degree in business management and accounting, John C. Calhoun Community College AWARDS: Special acts and performance awards (18) Be a sponge, and listen to your grandmother By Susan L. Follett “I’ll be honest: I had no idea at the age of 18 what I was getting myself into.” Fortunately, things worked out well for Lindsey Miller, who parlayed a high […]

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Commanders weigh in on expeditionary command post specs

Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I FORT BLISS, Texas (February 27, 2017) — The U.S. Army Forces Command, or FORSCOM, recently hosted a Command Post Huddle, designed to generate discussions among key Army leaders to help standardize command post requirements. During the event, FORSCOM’s commanding general, Gen. Robert Abrams, stressed that the Army must act now to insert innovation into command post designs because “the world we’re going to fight in the future is not the same as we’ve been fighting the past 15 years,” and that today’s commands posts must be “more effective, lethal, and survivable.” The attendees toured several command post configurations on display Fort Bliss, Texas, for the event, […]

RAMBO’S Premiere

RAMBO’S Premiere

A first for ARDEC: Researchers fire 3-D printed ammo out of a 3-D printed grenade launcher. by Mr. Seung kook “Sunny” Burns and Mr. James Zunino Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3-D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way. This demonstration shows that additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3-D printing) has a potential future in weapon prototype development, which could allow engineers to provide munitions to Soldiers more quickly. The printed grenade launcher, named RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), was the culmination of six months of collaborative effort by the […]

Army poised to explore, advance cross-domain capabilities with state-of-the-art hangar

Army poised to explore, advance cross-domain capabilities with state-of-the-art hangar

Mr. Edric V Thompson (CERDEC) ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army celebrated a ribbon cutting for a new research and development aircraft hangar at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Feb. 10. The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, moved its Flight Activity, the CFA, from a 74-year-old WWII hangar into a modern facility. Elected officials, appointees, former employees and senior leaders from across Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Army Science and Technology community were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting. “We must analyze capability gaps and implement solutions faster than our adversaries. This multimillion dollar facility is an Army strategic investment that will significantly […]

Faces of the Force: Timothy White

Faces of the Force: Timothy White

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Software Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: Computer engineer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering with a concentration in systems engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville; B.S. in computer engineering, Jackson State University AWARDS: Software Engineering Directorate’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award Maximizing the advantages of a STEM education By Susan L. Follett “Changing the world, one line of code at a time.” That’s one way that Timothy White, a computer engineer, thinks of the work he does for the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) within the […]