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Start the Fire
Army AL&T magazine (November 14, 2017) -- A spark, fuel and oxygen. As simple as these elements are, if one is missing, fire won’t exist. Similarly, there’s a triad of elements that must come together for innovation to occur. The Army is now trying to leverage this “fire” of innovation to solve the modernization problems of the past two decades.
Achieving innovation requires much more than looking at resource use, assigning prioritization or adjusting organizational constructs. It demands addressing the driving force (the spark), building talented teams (the fuel), and fostering a supportive environment (the oxygen). Real innovation also has a cost: change, internal conflict and often destruction of the present organization, processes and capabilities. Remember, for example, the tanks that replaced the Army’s beloved horse cavalry.Read More
Army scouts latest drone technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone event
YBOR CITY, Fla. (November 9, 2017) -- Enter the unassuming brick building in historic Ybor City, Florida, and there's the buzz of drones in the air and sound of robots on the ground.
There's an autonomous drone that launches from a moving truck or boat to support a convoy on the move, then tracks the vehicle while orbiting around and monitoring nearby threats. There's a pistol-packing robot that can sneak into buildings, climb stairs, send 360-degree views of the site and then lock on a target and shoot. And there are drones that work together in a swarm to relay information and then autonomously reconfigure their position to reestablish communications if a fellow drone goes down.Read More
The Power of Prototypes
Army AL&T magazine (September 18, 2017) -- Last August, senior Army leaders unveiled a new secret weapon. But it wasn’t a missile or a radar or a tank. It was the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), a new organization designed to cut through the bureaucracy and rapidly deploy technologies to combatant commanders in order to address high-priority strategic threats.
The office's mandate, said Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, was "to ensure that we're pursing the right capabilities for our Army today and tomorrow, and to do it very quickly, and to cut through the red tape with a direct line to the secretary [of the Army] and myself—with no hurdles to jump and no bureaucracy to get lost in."Read More