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 […]

The Changing Face of Soldier Lethality

The Changing Face of Soldier Lethality

From the tangible to the cognitive, squad weapons to casualty care to performance-enhancing training, Army S&T is exploring and finding materials, technologies and methods in six focus areas to provide land forces the capabilities they’ll need for overmatch. by Ms. Karen M. Burke and Lt. Col. Eric J. Wagar Twenty years from now, Soldiers and small units will operate very differently than they did during the last two decades in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the Multi-Domain Battle Operating Concept emerges in the next 10 years, Soldiers will fight in multidomain environments characterized by dispersed, high-tempo operations that require small units to act independently in denied and austere regions. Soldiers will […]

Army selects 13 acquisition product and project directors

Army selects 13 acquisition product and project directors

By Norm Hilton FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 5, 2018)—Thirteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) were selected as the Army’s next product and project directors from the FY 2018 centralized selection boards held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The civilian-only, centrally selected product and project director board is a high-priority talent management initiative for Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Army acquisition executive and the director of the AAC. Its purpose is to identify high-performing civilians with the leadership potential required to fill civilian product and project director positions commensurate with their military counterparts to ensure the Army acquisition community provides […]

Path of greatest resilience

Path of greatest resilience

Facing an enemy intent on creating a highly contested electromagnetic environment, S&T investments in Army networks focus on mobility, redundancy, ease of use and detection avoidance.   by Mr. Seth Spoenlein, Mr. James Snodgrass, Mr. Michael Breckenridge and Dr. Brian Rivera The expeditionary nature of the future force will require mobile, secure communication networks that are dynamic—able to survive in active electronic warfare environments and available in all environments to ensure continuous mission command. However, obtaining and sustaining the higher ground in a network context will not come easily in the future battlespace. The enemy will have advanced technologies designed specifically to create a highly contested electromagnetic (EM) environment, disrupting our […]

Seeking Innovative Ways to Restore Our Warfighters

Seeking Innovative Ways to Restore Our Warfighters

By Ms. Kristy Pottol and Mr. John Getz Our Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office is tasked with a nearly impossible acquisition mission: to restore form, function and appearance to the wounded Warfighter post-catastrophic injury. The development costs are high, the programs are risky, the timelines are long, the commercial market is small and an enterprise-wide requirement is, to say the least, challenging to write. For our team, this is where innovation, opportunity and possibility thrive. Our Service Members are counting on us to be as innovative in our problem-solving battle as they are on the front lines, protecting and defending our freedoms. The U.S. Army Medical Materiel […]

Network Assisted GPS … Coming Soon to a Precision Fire Mission Near You!

Network Assisted GPS … Coming Soon to a Precision Fire Mission Near You!

By Mr. Paul C. Manz Global Position System (GPS) signals are extensively used by a multitude of Army and Joint military products and applications. GPS is highly accurate, affordable, and pervasive. Most typical GPS-based systems automatically listen for GPS signals, use these signals to determine the exact location of the GPS satellites in the sky, and then (when it sees at least four GPS satellites) use this information to precisely determine the system’s geo-location coordinates (i.e. X, Y, Z) on Earth. Because these GPS signals contain data from their extremely accurate on-board satellite clocks, they can also be used to synchronize time across multiple systems. Thus, GPS is a simple, […]

Processor swarm

Processor swarm

Inherent in the coming internet of battlefield things are challenges that commercial products don’t face. But those products might have solutions to the Army’s problems, which is why ARL and its partners are exploring novel distributed processing approaches, a domain the Army practically invented. by Dr. Raju Namburu and Dr. Michael Barton Distributed processing—using multiple computers to run an application—is not a new idea. But as technology advances, opportunities arise for new and novel distributed processing approaches that take advantage of nascent network-based communication, computing systems, innovations in algorithms, and software. First realized around 1983 at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland, distributed processing has evolved over several decades as information […]

Fit, nourished and resilient

Fit, nourished and resilient

Human performance optimization aims to take Soldiers to higher and higher peaks of physical and mental fitness. by Dr. Stephen Muza and Ms. Mallory Roussel Let’s flash back to the U.S. military in 2006. The U.S. had been engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom for five and three years, respectively. In a post-9/11 environment with a higher operations tempo and longer and more frequent deployments, the U.S. military had an ongoing need to enhance mental and physical resilience and decrease injuries among deployed service members. In June of that same year, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences hosted a conference titled “Human Performance Optimization in […]