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ARMY DIRECTED ENERGY STRATEGY
(August 20, 2021) -- STAND-TO!
U.S. Army’s Directed Energy strategy instructs the Army to begin fielding Directed Energy (DE) weapon systems as part of its transformation to a Multi-Domain capable force. DE weapons offer a significant defensive capability against Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); rotary- and fixed-wing threats; and rocket, artillery, and mortar (RAM) threats.Read More
ARMY ADVANCES FIRST LASER WEAPON THROUGH COMBAT SHOOT-OFF
(August 10, 2021) -- As a leader in new and emerging technology, the Army is fielding next-generation capabilities to advance its Multi-Domain Operations and create standoff.
Nowhere is that more evident than with Directed Energy, where in 24 months, the Army harnessed the promise of lasers, integrated it onto a platform, and produced its first combat capable prototype.Read More
AStRA Pitch Brings New Ideas to the Forefront
(June 29, 2021) -- In software programming, there’s a well-known method called :rubber duck debugging." When programmers hit a roadblock, it’s likely they have made a simple mistake that the computer doesn’t understand. To ensure the instructions are clear, the programmer must debug their code by explaining it line-by-line to the rubber duck seated on their desk.
The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) took this method a step further with their Army Strategic Rapid Acquisition (AStRA) competition by asking two questions: What if you had to explain something before you even started and what if the duck could talk back?Read More