Per Vivo Labs warms to tech transfer

Per Vivo Labs warms to tech transfer

By Mr. Troy Carter In 2005, Russ Hubbard went through boot camp like everyone in the Army, and he saw fresh-faced recruits overheat even while they chugged canteens of water and bawled: “Beat the heat, drill sergeant, beat the heat.” After several overseas deployments, Hubbard left the Army in 2012, transitioned back to civilian life in Kingsport, Tennessee, and founded Per Vivo Labs Inc. to address some of the problems plaguing Soldiers. The startup’s first product was called Polar Skin Ice Sheets, a highly portable lifesaving solution for on-site treatment of heat injuries. The company’s first customer was the U.S. Army Cadet Command. After the success of the ice sheets, […]

From minds to markets

From minds to markets

TechLink public-private intermediary helps small businesses access Army inventions, benefiting the U.S. military and the national economy. by Mr. Thomas Mulkern and Mr. Troy Carter Putting Army research and technology in the hands of capable partners in industry is crucial for fielding decisive Army capabilities. To be successful, technology transfer requires dedication, commitment and trust. Since 1999, Army research labs have trusted TechLink, DOD’s national partnership for technology transfer, to help bring innovative technology advances to the marketplace and the warfighter, supporting the U.S. military and the national economy and proving the value of the Army laboratory enterprise. The Army conducts large amounts of scientific research that leads to cutting-edge […]

Bench-building at Army labs

Bench-building at Army labs

Attracting an elite cadre of scientists and engineers is essential for the Army mission; Army labs need to be able to offer better pay and shorter hiring timelines to do so.  by Dr. Matt Willis A core enabler for technology superiority in a constantly evolving and asymmetric threat landscape is technological excellence at the Army laboratory enterprise, empowered by a strategically shaped and highly competent technical workforce. Attracting, recruiting and retaining an elite cadre of Army scientists and engineers is essential for success in the science and technology (S&T) domain that is critical to the Army’s mission. Army scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians—among other technical specialists—make fundamental S&T contributions to […]

Broad roots grow strong STEMs

Broad roots grow strong STEMs

Army Educational Outreach Program aims to engage, inspire and attract the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent. by Dr. Matt Willis The United States’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capabilities are critical to the nation’s innovation, economic competitiveness and national security. Protecting and equipping our most critical asset, the U.S. Soldier, depends on thoughtful solutions that can thrive only if we are constantly ahead of our adversaries in science and technology innovation and manufacturing. Globally, STEM fields will drive the solutions to our most critical challenges in health, safety and the environment. Recent studies illustrate a clear and alarming erosion in the United States’ STEM capabilities, […]

Investing in Army laboratory innovation

Investing in Army laboratory innovation

You need good labs and smart people to turn out good science and technology. If the Army wants innovative solutions backed by solid R&D, it needs to pay for them. by Dr. Matt Willis Army laboratories work diligently and collaboratively to deliver technology-enabled solutions for current conflicts and to develop technologies to prepare the Army for multiple futures by enhancing the force’s ability to prevent, shape and win future conflicts. The Army labs are national assets, ensuring Army dominance in an asymmetric and complex warfighting future. The underpinnings of a robust Army laboratory network include strategic and focused workforce and infrastructure policies; collaborations with traditional and nontraditional defense partners; mechanisms […]

On target

On target

Experts at ARL are looking deep into the science of the future battlespace and trying to answer questions that have no simple answers, such as how to deliver the power of a tank without a tank.  by Dr. Frank Fresconi, Dr. Scott Schoenfeld  and Dan Rusin, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.) The notion of winning in a complex world requires envisioning a battlefield that is so complex and multidimensional that, more often than not, it’s referred to as a battlespace. With good reason: The kind of warfare that the Army must prepare for, and for which experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, are developing […]

Ready for Future Operations: Establishing an Organic Depot to Maintain the Army’s Premier Aerial Sensor System

Ready for Future Operations: Establishing an Organic Depot to Maintain the Army’s Premier Aerial Sensor System

By Lt. Col. Kecia Troy, Ms. Carla Miller, Mr. Joshua Erlien and Dr. Christina Bates Industry Sustainment of Army Systems For the first time in our Nation’s history, our armed forces have waged battle with a new enemy – an enemy in the form of non-state actors engaged in asymmetric, irregular warfare. The development, acquisition, fielding, and sustainment of the types of systems (and capabilities) necessary to successfully engage in asymmetrical warfare have stressed, but simultaneously strengthened, the Army’s ability to do so in a rapid, effective, and efficient manner. These successes, however, ushered in new and different challenges for the Army. The Army is expected to continue to excel […]

Future Operations: Tactical Power for Multi-Domain Battle

Future Operations: Tactical Power for Multi-Domain Battle

By John M. Spiller Thinking About Warfighting As a young Captain, I was assigned to the Command and General Staff College’s Doctrine Branch just two years after the 1982 Field Manual 100-5, Operations, was published. This was the birth of AirLand Battle doctrine – and as the only Captain there, I always got to flip transparencies on the overhead projector. At the time, I did not realize how lucky I was because I got to soak in the magnificent warfighting discussions. AirLand Battle profoundly changed the operational and institutional Army and culminated in a quick Gulf War victory. Change bigger than AirLand Battle is coming. Army Chief of Staff GEN […]

When beams combine

When beams combine

With high-energy lasers, the Army looks to optimize lethality and efficiency against multiple threats and targets.  by Dr. Kip R. Kendrick Solid-state laser weapons offer war-fighters unique capabilities for the battlefield: precision, controllability, predictability, repeatability and flexibility. These laser systems will enable Soldiers to defeat multiple threats and affect materiel targets. Each engagement, whether disabling an enemy’s communications antenna or causing low-order detonation of an artillery round in flight, has an average cost of $30. During the 1970s, the Army investigated carbon dioxide lasers. But there were issues with beam transmission through the atmosphere and difficulty focusing the beam to a small spot at the target. Both factors reduced the […]

Survive and project indirect fires

Survive and project indirect fires

AMRDEC pursues two missile technology solutions to strengthen the Army’s hand in close combat.  by Mr. Spencer Hudson and Mr. Shannon Haataja One of the top U.S. Army modernization priorities is increased precision and effects at extended range in all operational environments. This is part of a broader strategy to make warfighting units more lethal to regain overmatch against peer and emerging threats. In response, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology’s lethality portfolio is investing in a layered, extended-range precision fires solution across operational levels to shape deep and close fights. The lethality portfolio represents science and technology (S&T) investments at the U.S. Army Aviation […]