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The Army Rapid Capabilities Office was created in August 2016 to expedite the delivery of critical combat materiel capabilities to the Warfighter to meet Combatant Commanders' needs. In December 2018, its mission was expanded and its name changed to the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office. The Office is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office will rapidly and efficiently research, develop, prototype, test, evaluate, procure, transition, and/or field critical enabling technologies and capabilities that address immediate, near-term, and mid-term threats. The Office will produce or acquire materiel solutions consistent with the Army’s modernization priorities that maximize Soldiers’ capabilities to deploy, fight, and win on future battlefields.
The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office reports to a Board of Directors (BoD) led by the Secretary of the Army, and including the Chief of Staff of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Acquisition Executive, and the Commander of Army Futures Command. All decision-making authority related to the Office’s projects resides within the BoD and Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office construct.
Key Operating Principles
Key operating principles for The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office include a short and narrow chain of command, overarching programmatic insight, early and prominent Warfighter involvement, and a collaborative integrated team of functional specialists. The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office leverages innovation by other government agencies and industry partners, as well as Warfighter feedback, to deliver solutions on an accelerated timeline. Ordinarily, enduring capabilities resulting from these efforts will be transitioned over to a Program Executive Office for continued production, modification, sustainment, and support. The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office provides expertise not solely focused on materiel; it seeks to provide holistic solutions that inform the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF) impacts of implementing new capabilities within the operational Army.