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Army Rapid Capabilities Office embraces new projects, says farewell to its current director
Washington, D.C. (November 8, 2018) -- Even the cold, wet weather in Hohenfels, Germany couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. After all, they were demonstrating the Army's first electronic warfare prototypes for brigade and below to the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), which played a major role in delivering the new equipment.
The Soldiers and the RCO knew the equipment wasn't perfect. It wasn't meant to be. Yet, there they were. In less than one year after the initial concept, Soldiers were using the new prototypes, adapting their tactics to meet their mission and providing valuable feedback.Read More
Cutting Through the Noise
Army ALT Magazine (November 6, 2018) -- The Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) does things differently. It has to. It’s mandated in its charter and embedded in its culture.
So when it came time for the small acquisition shop to find a way to speed up signal detection, it knew it wouldn’t seek answers using traditional methods.
Instead, the RCO studied commercial models for getting answers quickly and created a “challenge” that gave industry, academia, scientists and other agencies the opportunity to go head-to-head in a competition, with prize money awarded to the top three performers.Read More
Army doubles cannon range in prototype demo
YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. (September 20, 2018) -- The Army fired a modified M777 howitzer double its previous range, bringing the service one step closer to delivering the prototype Long Range Cannon capability.
The live fire demonstration, which took place at Yuma Proving Ground on Sept. 19, was a significant step in the Army's effort to rapidly prototype and equip select units with an interim Long Range Cannon solution. This increase in firepower, targeted for Army Infantry and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams and Marine Corps Expeditionary Formations, is a subset of the Army's top modernization priority of Long-Range Precision Fires.Read More