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A 5 kilowatt (kW) laser integrated on a Stryker

Army awards laser weapon system contract

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (August 1, 2019) -- The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system.

This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing aircraft, and rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM).

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Innovation Day

Bring your most innovative ideas, the Army is listening

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 29, 2019) -- In an effort to quickly target and acquire promising new technology, the Army office for rapid prototyping and fielding is holding its first Innovation Day on September 17.

This one-day event, hosted by the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), is modeled after commercial investor "pitch" days and will evaluate novel approaches and new solutions for critical capabilities. The RCCTO is focusing on finding solutions that support the Army modernization priorities and could be in the hands of Soldiers within one-to-three years. The RCCTO plans to execute an Innovation Day each quarter.

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Cyber vs. Drone

Acquisition, Army ALT Magazine (June 7, 2019) -- In the desert of the National Training Center, Soldiers got an opportunity to try something completely new. Along with the challenges of 14 grueling days of force-on-force and live-fire training exercises, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (3/1 CD) tried out a cyber-based prototype that complements electronic warfare systems to combat enemy drones, which are a growing threat to U.S. ground troops.

Using the Army’s enhanced cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) capability, Soldiers with the 3/1 CD were able to detect and counter common small drones during their training. The new prototype alerted Soldiers to the presence of a drone and provided a means to target it, for protection across the brigade.

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News Archives

Army integrates artificial intelligence and machine learning for electronic warfare - (December 17, 2018)
Army wins Packard Award for rapid delivery of electronic warfare prototypes - (December 12, 2018)
Army EW in Europe
Army Rapid Capabilities Office embraces new projects, says farewell to its current director - (November 8, 2018)
Head of US Army Rapid Capabilities Office to take top civilian job on the F-35 program - (October 30, 2018)
The Army turns its attention to aerial electronic warfare - (October 23, 2018)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office realigned to focus on top modernization priorities - (October 7, 2018)
Army doubles cannon range in prototype demo - (September 20, 2018)
Industry's role as the Army looks to advanced E-1
AUSA 2017: Warrior's Corner
Army looks to build stronger tactical cyber teams - (September 14, 2018)
Army uses unconventional challenge process to advance data science for electronic warfare - (September 13, 2018)
DARPA, Army & Team Platypus: Big Boosts For Artificial Intelligence - (September 7, 2018)
Cyber Command partners for a cyber prototyping environment - (September 7, 2018)
Can the US military still innovate quickly? - (September 6, 2018)
Army turns to artificial intelligence to counter electronic attacks - (August 29, 2018)
Army announces winners of electronic warfare challenge - (August 27, 2018)
Army contest invites winning innovators to bring AI capabilities to Soldiers - (August 27, 2018)
Charting a New Path - (August 22, 2018)
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)
The Army is bringing new electronic warfare prototypes home - (July 2, 2018)
US Army executes active electronic attack in Europe for first time since Cold War- (June 29, 2018)
Army electronic warfare prototypes reach first CONUS brigade - (June 28, 2018)
In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation - (June 27, 2018)
Gen. Milley is right: The US Army is on the mend - (June 13, 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)
Is AI the answer to Army electronic warfare troubles? - (May 30, 2018)
Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office emulating industry advancement of AI- (May 18, 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)
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
AWA 17.1
AWA SOF Training
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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