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Paratroopers with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division

Risk Today for Success Tomorrow: Rapid Capabilities Office Helps Army Evolve Faster

Association of the United States Army (June 07, 2017) -- The world doesn’t wait.

While the U.S. Army was securing Afghan mountains and Iraqi deserts, Russian aggression fermented in Eastern Europe. While we were churning out equipment to track terrorists and survive roadside bombs, China doubled down on its anti-access/area denial capabilities. While we struggled to bend the defense bureaucracy into the mold of Silicon Valley, our adversaries bought cutting-edge technologies with few constraints.

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Soldiers of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade

Prototypes rapidly deliver cyber capabilities

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) -- Serving as "test drives" for possible Army systems of the future, prototypes are playing an increasingly vital role as a natural bridge between emerging technologies and more mature solutions that are part of official programs of record.

While prototypes are not perfect solutions, they are an essential interim step that deliver initial capabilities to select units who can provide early and frequent feedback, so that the technology can be improved over time or scrapped before significant investments are made.

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An M1A2 main battle tank

Meeting Global Demand

Army AL&T magazine (July-September 2017) -- After spearheading the Army’s Talent Management Task Force since May 2016, Maj. Gen. Wilson “Al” Shoffner Jr. joined the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) as director of operations in April.

At first glance, there may not seem to be an obvious link between his former assignment and his new one.

After all, one is focused on maximizing individual capability to meet Army personnel needs, while the other is focused on expediting critical technologies to the field to counter urgent and emerging threats.

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