Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

by Vanessa Flores FORT BLISS, Texas (February 18, 2016) — As the next generation of vehicles are being built to facilitate Army modernization, the next generation of future engineers are setting the foundation for their potential career paths. El Paso high school students have been visiting the System of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate’s Integration Motor Pool (IMP) at Fort Bliss, Texas during preparation for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 exercise this spring. The Capability Package Directorate, which provides engineering and systems integration support for the Army’s semi-annual NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment events, is now building the network and integrating equipment for the Soldier-led […]

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

By Mr. Michael Clow (ASA(ALT)) SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (February 12, 2016) — This week Army leaders took an important step toward a new competition for improved Medium Tactical Vehicles by sharing lessons learned and planned improvements with interested industry partners. The current Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) first entered production in 1991 to replace the iconic 2.5-ton “deuce and a half” and 5-ton trucks. Some of those trucks trace their design legacy back to World War II, but the new generation focused on a common chassis and components. Over the past 25 years, multiple vendors have produced, upgraded, and improved more than 75,000 of these vehicles. The trucks form […]

Innovation Engine

Innovation Engine

The Small Business Innovation Research program enables RDECOM to ride a wave of small business ingenuity to help the warfighter, bringing transformative technologies to existing programs at low cost. by Mr. John O’Brien, Mr. Larry Bickford, Mr. Robert Auer, Mr. Michael J. Statkus and Mr. Steve Olevnik Small business involvement in Army technology procurement is thriving, and one place where that’s happening is the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), in part through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the companion Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. SBIR, a governmentwide program, plays a big part in RDECOM’s engagement with small businesses, opening avenues to funding and […]

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

Moving the logistics “tail” to the front

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. – When DOD has to respond quickly to a disaster or global emergency, it normally takes some time for the supply chain that supports those forces to gear up to go. But a new group of rapid deployers from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are now trained and equipped to be some of the first boots on the ground when the call comes. The new capability, called the Rapid Deployment Initiative (RDI) program, consists of two 13-member teams that are mission-tailored to augment logistics capabilities of geographic combatant commands and the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Task Force Port Opening. […]

The ABCs of COE

The ABCs of COE

By Claire Heininger ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 11, 2016) – Own a smartphone that syncs with your tablet? That consistent look and feel—and smooth exchange of information—is finally arriving for Soldiers. As the Army’s Common Operating Environment (COE) progresses from development to the field, it is bringing dramatic changes to the user experience. The COE is not a system or an acquisition program of record. Think of it as a new playbook for how Army IT products are built and deployed. The COE provides standards to unite existing programs and new technologies on a common software foundation, simplifying development, integration, training and sustainment. But what does the COE consist […]

CERDEC will hold two-day TIM with industry

CERDEC will hold two-day TIM with industry

By CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 5, 2016) – The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center will hold a two-day technical interchange meeting, or TIM, with industry to identify and align mutually beneficial R&D investments here, March 31 – April 1. The CERDEC TIM is an opportunity for industry to learn about CERDEC’s core mission, research and development plans and strategies. According to the FedBizOps announcement, released Jan. 4, the intent of the sessions will be to enhance government-and-industry communication and enable industry to quickly respond to emerging requirements with innovative technology solutions and partnerships. The CERDEC TIM will provide details that will assist attendees […]

Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

Growing the next generation of Army scientists and engineers through an education and research continuum

The Army Operating Concept dictates that “future forces conduct operations consistent with the tenet of adaptability, anticipating dangers and opportunities and adjusting operations to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.” The Army is arguably the nation’s foremost leadership training institution, and one of the roles of the research, development and acquisition communities is to develop leaders who can innovate and adapt on the science and technology fronts so that we can deliver the capabilities Army leaders need on the battlefield. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), on behalf of the Army, is committed to growing the next generation of scientists and engineers to deliver the decisive overmatch […]

More bang for government bucks

More bang for government bucks

With CMMI Level 5 processes, RDECOM’s ARDEC pursues reuse of government-owned IP and hardware to drive down the costs and shorten schedules for software-intensive weapon systems to more quickly field systems to Soldiers. By Mr. David R. Castellano and Mr. Michael A. Zecca The basic components of armament systems—weapon, ammunition and fire control—are essentially the same, but vary in how they are implemented and their degree of automation. However, as simple as the basic components are, several factors create the potential for complication. Different system contractors, the increased use of electronics in armament systems and implementation of functions through software—these factors can lead to a proliferation of unique armament systems. […]

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

Early wins for Army’s commercial hardware strategy

By Bridget Bernard ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 3, 2015) — As the one-stop-shop for the Army’s tactical commercial off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) hardware, the Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program is taking a holistic, innovative approach that is getting noticed. Recent undertakings resulted in increased efficiencies, significant cost avoidance and official designation as the primary organization to oversee tactical COTS IT hardware procurement for the Army. CHS provides state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and is available for use by all DOD and federal agencies. “We’ve always got to be looking ahead to understand where technology is going, how we […]

Keeping design on target

Keeping design on target

PM Soldier Weapons teams with ARL’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate and the Maneuver CoE to incorporate human systems integration early in weapon system development, to ensure that weapons are designed to work in harmony with other systems and equipment. By Dr. Gabriella Brick Larkin, Mr. Joshua Charm, Maj. Aron Hauquitz and Maj. Adam Patten Technology may advance in leaps and bounds, but the physical and cognitive abilities of people who use technology stay much the same. History tells us the performance of new products is better when human performance is among the factors considered during the design and development process. What does this mean to the military materiel developer? […]