DoD, users, industry collaborate on PNT technology development

DoD, users, industry collaborate on PNT technology development

Caitlin O’Neill, PM PNT ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (September 22, 2016) — Charged with delivering next-generation positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies, the Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) has taken the lead in providing interoperable and secure PNT services to the Army. In order to support Soldiers in the field, PM PNT needs to understand their PNT environment, including factors such as disruptions in service, system requirements, capability needs, logistical use and others. Through partnership and collaboration with system users, other Department of Defense (DoD) Services, and industry partners, PM PNT uses a whole community approach in developing trusted PNT technologies that ensure the warfighter’s […]

Competition Meets Collaboration

Competition Meets Collaboration

Vendors share prototypes for weapon sights in a new mix-and-match approach to building interoperability into integrated Soldier systems for the best overall performance at the best overall price. by Maj. Nicholas Breen On a warm, dusty afternoon at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, in May 2016, engineers from two competing vendors for the Family of Weapons Sights – Individual (FWS-I) program took the unusual step of swapping their prototypes and discussing the technical merits of each other’s approach to the program. This level of collaboration between competing vendors is highly unorthodox in the fiercely competitive world of defense procurement, yet it was the approach taken by BAE Systems […]

Lab showcases futuristic resupply vehicle

Lab showcases futuristic resupply vehicle

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command met with Army Research Laboratory officials Sept. 8, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Acting ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti briefed Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins about the lab’s science and technology initiatives on the general’s first visit since assuming command of RDECOM Aug. 9. Researchers and engineers showcased the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV. The rectangular-shaped quadcopter, also known as the hoverbike, has generated a lot of interest since Army researchers imagined a distant future where Soldiers order resupply and an unmanned aerial vehicle […]

Army Ground-Launched Missile hits 500 km-2027

Army Ground-Launched Missile hits 500 km-2027

The Emerging Ground-Fired LRPF Will Hit Targets at Ranges up to 500 Kilometers By Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The Army is working to engineer a sleek, high-speed, first-of-its-kind long-range ground launched attack missile able to pinpoint and destroy enemy bunkers, helicopter staging areas, troop concentrations and other fixed-location targets from as much as three times the range of existing weapons, service officials said. The emerging Long Range Precision Fires, slated to be operational by 2027, is being designed to destroy targets at distances up to 500 kilometers. “The Long Range Precision Fires Missile will attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using missile-delivered indirect precision fires. LRPF provides field artillery units […]

PEO C3T Develops Broad-Based Approach to Leverage Industry Innovation

PEO C3T Develops Broad-Based Approach to Leverage Industry Innovation

PEO C3T develops broad-based approach to leverage industry innovation By Bridget Lynch, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD (August 19, 2016) – Rapidly changing technology in the marketplace and unpredictable conditions abroad make it imperative for the Army to quickly adopt the best solutions from industry. Despite the dominance of large, specific-use weapon systems within the Army, there is increasing recognition that niche solutions can have a big impact. As such, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications –Tactical (PEO C3T) has developed an approach to engage industry through various outreach venues. The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program is one part of that approach. This […]

Army War Plans for its New Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

Army War Plans for its New Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

The JLTV is engineered with additional armor, speed, suspension, blast-protection and ground-clearance in order to withstand enemy fire from major-power enemies along with mines, IEDs and roadside bombs often associated with counterinsurgency. By Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior As the Army gets ready to begin accepting deliveries of its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a new fast-moving armored vehicle engineered to take bullets, drive over roadside bombs and withstand major enemy attacks, the service is solidifying plans to incorporate the vehicle into its preparations for massive great power conflict. While the Army remains focused on being needed for counterinsurgency possibilities across the globe and hybrid-type wars involving groups of terrorists armed […]

DOD supercomputing inspires interns, helps Army researchers

DOD supercomputing inspires interns, helps Army researchers

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Six graduate students recently concluded the DOD High Performance Computing Internship Program, or HIP, at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. “The intern’s summer projects were highly relevant and critical to our mission,” said Dr. Luis Bravo, Vehicle Technology Directorate. “They really took the lead in creating complex models that push the boundaries of engine combustion and turbomachinery sciences and have exploited the use of DOD’s Supercomputing platforms.” The annual HIP program funds interns to enhance computational skills and experience in order to support the DOD’s future warfighter needs. “I used computer codes to look at the smallest scale of […]

Making Innovation Happen

Making Innovation Happen

The U.S. military is at a historic crossroads, as DOD acknowledges that indisputable U.S. military dominance is a thing of the past. As DOD and the Army seek to marshal all possible resources to drive innovation and provide the latest capabilities, a picture of collaboration emerges, but it’s far from complete. by Ms. Margaret C. Roth After 40 years of unquestionable U.S. military dominance over its adversaries, Pentagon officials say that our decisive advantage is gone. Defense research and development (R&D), an indisputably powerful engine of innovation, has taken a sizable hit in the past decade. That is also true of industry’s own, invaluable independent R&D (IR&D), but for different […]

Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking

An atomic engine that has all of the power but none of the moving parts by Dr. Brendan Hanrahan What if atomic crystals could send pulse power to light up a room? Back in 314 B.C., a student of Socrates described bits of sawdust that gravitated to a stone thrown into a camp fire. What was an oddity then might be a solution as technology comes of age. In 1946, more than 17,000 vacuum tubes clicked away in a crowded room and 20 seconds later, ENIAC—the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer—had calculated the trajectory of an artillery shell for the Ballistics Research Laboratory. Attendees got to keep a printout as […]

It’s About Time—All of It

It’s About Time—All of It

When GPS goes out, the chip-scale atomic clock may be coming to the rescue. by Mr. John Delcolliano and Mr. Paul Olson Accurate time is crucial to our military. It enables all the warfighting functions of an expeditionary force: radio communications, network synchronization, information gathering, weapon systems, manned and unmanned systems, maneuvers, fires, electronic warfare and all types of sensors. In addition to relying on the positioning capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS), many Army systems use GPS, which was developed by the U.S. military, for its highly accurate time. That’s because if you know where you were 10 seconds ago, you can determine where you are now based […]