New Army AL&T explores critical enabling technologies

By September 27, 2018Army ALT Magazine
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By Michael Bold

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 27, 2018)—Innovation has improved the lives of our Soldiers and contributed immeasurably to their success on the battlefield, says Dr. Bruce D. Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive. And, he says, innovation will be critical to modernizing the U.S. Army.

That innovation will in large part be driven by critical enabling technologies—the equipment, technologies or methodologies that provide increases in the performance and capabilities to the Soldier. Critical enabling technologies is the theme of the October – December issue of Army AL&T magazine. In it, read about:

How the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center—to change its culture, improve decision-making and unleash its own agility—created an innovative combination of war gaming and business architecture. The game is a reusable tool that not only educates its workforce in business architecture, but also facilitates and improves any organizational decision at any level. See “GAME CHANGER.”

In the first of a series, Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commanding general, explains the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) strategy for supporting the Army’s six modernization priorities, in “RDECOM’S ROAD MAP TO MODERNIZING THE ARMY: LONG-RANGE PRECISION FIRES

The Tunisian National Navy and its foreign military sales (FMS) program with the United States is the embodiment of a security cooperation “win.” It’s a model that stakeholders in developing FMS programs can strive to replicate. Get on board with “SHIP SHAPE.”

It’s the worst-kept secret in Army maintenance units: The Army has been over-maintaining its equipment and its processes are not very efficient. Those concerns led to a study by the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity to assess Army preventive maintenance policy, methodology and execution. For the results, see “IF IT AIN’T BROKE…

A nanomaterial that can generate power on demand in the field, wherever needed. Like many great scientific advancements, it was discovered by accident, at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Find out more in “JUST ADD WATER!

“Hypersonic” describes any speed faster than five times the speed of sound, which translates to roughly 3,800 mph at sea level. But is speed enough to change the game? Does a missile flying at Mach 7 outperform one at Mach 3 on metrics other than speed? Apart from flying very fast, what does DOD—and what do its adversaries—think hypersonic weapons can accomplish? Explore the debate in “EXPERIMENTS IN HYPERSPEED.”

Test and evaluation is a perennial target of criticism for the time and cost it adds to acquisition programs. One way to minimize this impact is to use contractor-generated test data. As the acquisition community strives to accelerate acquisition timelines, using data derived from contractor testing could be more efficient, save on testing costs and speed fielding of equipment. Find out how in “SHIFT LEFT.”

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