Archive: Army

The  Army's  Legged Locomotion & Mobility Adaptation (LLAMA) robot prototype

Army Working On New Legged Robot Prototype

The Army is beginning work on a second generation robot prototype able to detect obstacles and run at human speed, with plans to field capabilities to pair with soldiers within 20 to 30 years, an official said Thursday. Jason Pusey, an Army Research Laboratory (ARL) mechanical engineer, told attendees at a National Defense Industrial Association […]

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Army Wants Next-Gen Combat Vehicles To Be Electric, Facing Large Capability Gaps

The Army is looking to make its Next-Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) all electric but is still grappling with current battery and fuel cell capability gaps that don’t meet requirements for fast charging and improved power density. Bruce Brendle, a deputy executive director for Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, said officials are looking for industry […]

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Modern Aircraft Modeling Software May Save Army From Past Development Pitfalls

Using modern, high-fidelity computer modeling and simulation software, Army engineers are solving the issues that crashed earlier attempts to develop leap-ahead helicopter technologies, which service officials say should shave time, risk and cost from the effort to field a revolutionary rotorcraft. The Army has not had a successful new-start rotorcraft development program in almost half […]

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Official: Meeting Early 2020s Goal For Hypersonics, Directed Energy Will Require Unified Service Effort

The Pentagon’s plan to deploy the first hypersonics and directed energy (DE) weapons capabilities by the early 2020s and match increasing investments from China and Russia will require the services to unify their technological modernization efforts, a top DoD official said Wednesday. Mary Miller, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told attendees at […]

Dr. Bruce D. Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Aquisition, Logistics and Technology), poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Jan. 2, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

Army Readying New Intellectual Property Policy In Coming Months

The Army is readying a new intellectual property policy within the next two months aimed at allowing contractors to keep sensitive capability details a secret until final contract negotiations and allow officials more flexibility to move on from unwanted technologies, the service’s top acquisition official said Tuesday, Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for […]

Gen. James C. McConville, 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, poses for a command portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, June 16, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

McConville: Army PEOs, Futures Command’s Modernization Overhaul Efforts To Be ‘Tied Together’

The vice chief of staff of the Army is looking to the new modernization-focused Futures Command to overhaul the service’s approach to acquiring emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and hypersonics, but said the service will retain its program executive office structure for the time being. Gen. James McConville told attendees at a Tuesday National Defense […]

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Army Updates EW Capability Requests For 2019 Cyber Quest

Army officials released an updated notice Thursday for the service’s 2019 Cyber Quest event calling on industry partners to demonstrate readily available tools to better detect electronic warfare (EW) attacks and improve jamming operations across the entire spectrum. The Army’s white papers request for its next EW war gaming event details near-term and midterm capability […]

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GAO: Military Services Do Not Track All Aviation Mishap Data, Do So Differently

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the information the military collects about aviation mishaps found the services do not track all relevant data and each have different standards, making it hard for the Department of Defense to analyze trends. The report said each service’s safety center does not collect standardized aviation mishap data. […]

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

IBCS Completes Fourth Army Test

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) demonstrated an ability to scale up across long distances during a successful five-week long U.S. Army test, the company said on Wednesday. The multi-node distributed test occurred with Army air and missile defense assets spread across over 20 nodes from White Sands […]

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Army Readying Contracts To Develop Autonomous Explosive Ordnance Disposal UGVs

The Army is planning imminent awards for upgraded unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and robotic payloads needed to better counter unexploded ordnances (UXO). Army officials at a Tuesday event on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) said five Other Transaction Authority (OTA) awards to begin developing new autonomous vehicles with enhanced robotic payloads could arrive this month. The […]