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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.

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Stryker crewmen with the 1st Squadron

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.

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M777A2 and M777ER side by side at a test site

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.

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News Archives

Army, Air Force team on sensor to shooter prototype for multi-domain battle - (August 9, 2018)
Rapid Results - (July 3, 2018)
Aggressive. Innovative. Fast. - (July 3, 2018)
Army electronic warfare prototypes reach first CONUS brigade - (June 28, 2018)
Long Range, Short Term - (June 12, 2018)
The New Dasa For Acquisition Reform Discusses Her Work With The Task Force Shaping The Futures Command - (June 1, 2018)
Special Operators Pursuing New Position, Navigation and Timing Capabilities - (May 17, 2018)
Electronic warfare prototypes improve operational understanding against near-peer threats - (May 10, 2018)
The Army wants help turning down the electronic warfare noise - (April 26, 2018)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office takes on long-range fires projects alongside 3 other priorities - (April 25, 2018)
Up for the challenge? Army wants help in applying AI, machine learning to signal detection(April 24, 2018)
Army teams with SOCOM to conduct urban "burn-off" - (April 4, 2018)
The next Army program executive office will be the Rapid Capabilities Office - (March 26, 2018)
The heat is on: Burn-offs move ideas to the field for assessment - (March 20, 2018)
Emerging technologies cell in Rapid Capabilities Office accelerates disruptive innovation - (March 20, 2018)
Army delivers first electronic warfare weapons to troops in Europe - Federal News Radio (February 9, 2018)
Army units in Europe first to get electronic warfare upgrade - STARS AND STRIPES (February 8, 2018)
U.S. Army's new electronic warfare capabilities hit the ground in Europe - GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (February 6, 2018)
The Army wants ground vehicles to know, show locations in any country, any conditions - (December 19, 2017)
Start the Fire - Army AL&T magazine (November 14, 2017)
Army scouts latest drone technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone event - YBOR CITY, Fla. (November 9, 2017)
AUSA 2017: Warrior's Corner
Rapid Acquisition for Land Power Dominance
Army Rapid Capabilities Office looks to solve challenges on Korean Peninsula - (October 11, 2017)
User feedback critical for the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office - (October 9, 2017)
Army Weapons Tests on the Fly in Effort to Win Race Against Russia - (October 9, 2017)
Rapid prototyping to help US Army deter Russian aggression in Europe - WASHINGTON (October 3, 2017)
The Power of Prototypes - Army AL&T magazine (September 18, 2017)
Army’s new Rapid Capability Office targets Christmas for first deliverables - Federal News Radio (August 18, 2017)
Army RCO expands scope of mission - Army Times (August 9, 2017)
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail, says head of Army RCO
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First electronic warfare prototypes from Army's Rapid Capability Office put to test - FORT BLISS, Texas (August 7, 2017)
Meeting Global Demand - Army AL&T magazine (July-September 2017)
Prototypes rapidly deliver cyber capabilities - WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017)
Rapid Capabilities Office Helps Army Evolve Faster - Association of the United States Army (June 7, 2017)
Jam the Russians: Army Electronic Warfare Kit Comes to Europe - Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (May 03, 2017)
RCO: Electronic Warfare Capability Hits European Soil - WASHINGTON (May 3, 2017)
MG Shoffner Interview with Government Matters
Army Rapid Capabilities Office Begins Delivering on Promises - Scott Maucione, (May 3, 2017)
2CR trains on Enhanced Electronic Warfare Systems - Germany (March 24, 2017)
2CR trains and tests Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Mobile Integrated Capability - Germany (March 23, 2017)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office Seeks to Emulate Special Operations Command - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 15, 2017)
Getting to Work - Army AL&T magazine (January 11, 2017)
Deter and Defeat - Army AL&T magazine (January 10, 2017)

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