War game introduces early synthetic prototyping

War game introduces early synthetic prototyping

Game. Mission set. Overmatch. War game introduces early synthetic prototyping, which enables the Army to explore thousands more ideas than what is possible today before acquiring new capabilities. by Dr. Robert E. Smith and Maj. J. Peter Barnhart A group of cadets has some rare downtime, and they log into their favorite war-themed video game. The team has to capture a watch-list terrorist in a 40-story high-rise building in Mumbai, India. It’s rainy season in the game, meaning that sometimes the streets flood en route from the edge of town. After everyone logs in, the team receives a virtual budget and must first choose its base vehicle from three options: […]

PEO CS&CSS throws experimentation into the mix to speed acquisition

PEO CS&CSS throws experimentation into the mix to speed acquisition

PEO CS&CSS product management team utilizes OTA, technical demonstrations and Soldier feedback to speed acquisition of robotic ‘mule.’ by Ms. Angela Schubel and Capt. Erika Hanson Current Army acquisition standards are simply unable to keep pace with the robotics industry’s rapidly advancing autonomous behaviors and use of technologies such as cameras, radios and sensors. At a time when commercial industry thrives on updates and the development of new technologies, the military struggles with the status quo. Further complicating efforts to modernize U.S. military equipment is a complex Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based approach to acquisition, which has resulted in technology that becomes obsolete before it is even in the hands of […]

Taking agile all the way

Taking agile all the way

Reserve Component Automation Systems’ Agile Solution Factory derives maximum benefit from software development methodology to modernize effectively, fast and securely. by Mr. Stephen P. O’Brian and Ms. Angela D. Green-Mack The term agile in software development has become another information technology buzzword, like cloud. Many programs say they are doing Agile, but are they? What does it mean to be Agile enough to realize all the targeted benefits? Agile is a software development methodology and culture designed to anticipate the need for flexibility and apply a degree of practicality to delivery of the finished product. It focuses on delivering discrete pieces or parts of the software rather than an all-or-nothing […]

Prognosis: enhanced Soldier survival

Prognosis: enhanced Soldier survival

Army medicine stands up Medical Devices Modernization Directorate. by Mr. Doug Wright The Army’s modernization strategy has one focus: Make Soldiers and units more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely. Lethality is important, but so is survival. That’s why medical equipment modernization is just as critical as the modernization of other Army resources. WHAT CHANGED? The way the Army delivers medical care on the battlefield is dramatically different than it was 100 years ago, or even 10 years ago. Every war or conflict offers lessons that improve lifesaving medical care on the front lines, which is why the survival rate for injured warfighters is higher than […]

Between yesterday and tomorrow

Between yesterday and tomorrow

USAMRMC’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program pursues evolving medicine for an evolving battlefield. by Col. Michael R. Davis, Lt. Col. David S. Johnston and Mr. Ramin A. Khalili It wasn’t that long ago when the concept of the future—this time beyond time, this collection of years on the horizon somewhere—was just that, a simple concept. But as we move from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) onto a newer and more complex version of the battlefield, the future is beginning to look increasingly familiar—more and more like a direct reflection of the past. Given that a more confined and condensed combat zone will likely be the norm […]

Investing for breakthroughs

Investing for breakthroughs

Congressionally directed medical research in areas such as cancer, neurological disorders, traumatic injuries and rehabilitative medicine traces its roots to breast cancer advocacy work launched more than a quarter-century ago. by Ms. Erin Bolling The many voices echoed off the historical buildings throughout the streets of Washington, carrying a message of hope and demanding change. While this scene is one that resonates today, this particular event actually took place more than 25 years ago. In 1992, the National Breast Cancer Coalition set its first priority: Increase federal appropriations for breast cancer research. Frances M. Visco, coalition president, recently recalled the beginning of the movement that eventually resulted in the formation […]

Fortified by feedback

Fortified by feedback

Even cutting-edge and high-tech systems are about people. Gathering Soldier feedback, implementing it quickly and then showing test units the improved product helped PEO C3T get a new expeditionary radio closer to the field. by Ms. Amy Walker As the Army faces potential peer adversaries, it is searching for solutions to reduce traditionally long acquisition timelines and modernize its tactical network more rapidly. In support of this quest, Soldier feedback from Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 17.2 and user focus groups helped to rapidly refine a tactical line-of-sight radio within 45 days after the event concluded. Once the enhancements were complete, the program office went to Fort Hood, Texas—home to the […]

Command, unencumbered

Command, unencumbered

As CERDEC explores and tests technologies to modernize the command post, the focus is on keeping the commander close to the battle, and the warfighting information close to the commander. by Ms. Lisa Heidelberg and Ms. Kathryn Bailey If the path to overmatch on the modern battlefield had a Facebook status, it would undoubtedly be “it’s complicated.” Commanders on the modern battlefield will face peer and near-peer adversaries employing a combined-arms attack to disrupt both the physical and electronic capabilities of their command posts. Their maneuver operations will span multiple, complex terrains including deserts, jungles, sub-terrains and highly populated cities. At times, these missions will include coordinating with other commanders […]

A team effort

A team effort

Award-winning ManTech program to create a new kind of blast-resistant aluminum vehicle hull resulted from a variety of new and existing R&D.  by Dr. Bryan Cheeseman During the autumns of 2014 and 2015, the Army demonstrated a force protection capability using a newly designed aluminum hull for combat vehicles. These tests involved a large underbody blast gauged on enemy threats as part of the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) project called Affordable Protection from Objective Threats (APOT). The research and development (R&D) on the APOT program offers tremendous improvements and great promise in force protection for the future. APOT focused on the maturation of lower hull manufacturing techniques, pulling together […]

Open-door policy

Open-door policy

ARL implements a new business model to pursue collaboration with academia and industry in a 21st century research culture. by Ms. Wendy Leonard The U.S. Army of 2040 and beyond will operate in rapidly changing domains with unparalleled complexity. Army leadership has long recognized the need to invest in science and technology (S&T) to empower the discovery and innovation needed to maintain technological overmatch and win future battles in an increasingly complex environment. In response, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has implemented a new business model, Open Campus, to pursue leading-edge basic and applied research in a truly collaborative fashion by enabling the continuous flow of people and ideas […]