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LOOK OUT FOR DRONES

LOOK OUT FOR DRONES

(March 10, 2021) -- Col. Gregory Soulé wasn’t really set on an Army career when he signed up for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Lehigh University, but he needed a way to pay for college so he decided to give it a try.

“Once I got there, it really grew on me,” he said. That was 27 years ago. “I fell in love with the culture and the camaraderie while I was in ROTC, and then my first assignment was in Italy, so I don’t know how you can’t fall in love with that, too.”

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Speeding ahead: Hypersonics team stays on track to deliver despite pandemic

Speeding ahead: Hypersonics team stays on track to deliver despite pandemic

(February 16, 2020) -- On March 19, 2020, those on the ground at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, had one thing on their mind: executing a successful hypersonic flight test.

The first launch of its kind in almost three years, the hypersonics team knew the importance of the flight test mission to support fielding capabilities by the early- to mid-2020s, a National Defense Strategy priority.

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Meet the RCCTO Engineers delivering rapid prototypes to drive Army modernization

Meet the RCCTO Engineers delivering rapid prototypes to drive Army modernization

(February 10, 2021) -- The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) is delivering numerous Army “firsts” – including the prototype long range hypersonic weapon, combat-capable lasers, and a ground-launched mid-range fires capability using Navy missiles.

But being first also means not being perfect – which for an engineer, can mean a whole new way of thinking. The RCCTO capabilities aren’t aiming to be the enduring Army solutions, but instead experimental prototypes with residual combat capability – something that bridges the “valley of death” between science and technology and programs of record. They give Soldiers a system they can use on the battlefield and give the Army important information to shape future decisions.

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News Archives

OSD Writes Hypersonic Flight Test Guidelines - (March 24, 2021)
Army Delivers First Canisters To Its New Hypersonic Missile Battery But Won't Say Where It's Based - (March 19, 2021)
U.S. Army shows first element of its future hypersonic weapon system - (March 19, 2021)
Drones Vs. Drones: Lockheed MORFIUS Uses Microwaves To Kill Swarms - (March 19, 2021)
LOOK OUT FOR DRONES - (March 10, 2021)
Army partners with Air Force's THOR for base defense - (February 19, 2021)
Deploying hypersonic capabilities in the Army - (February 17, 2021)
Speeding ahead: Hypersonics team stays on track to deliver despite pandemic - (February 16, 2021)
Why are hypersonic weapons so important for America’s security? - (February 16, 2021)
RCCTO partners with YPG and JCO to conduct demonstrations in the desert - (February 16, 2021)
Meet the RCCTO Engineers delivering rapid prototypes to drive Army modernization - (February 10, 2021)
US Army begins equipping first unit with hypersonic capability - (February 9, 2021)
In support of US hypersonic system development - (February 4, 2021)
Pentagon Hypersonics Director Rebuts Critics, Step By Step - (February 2, 2021)
Pentagon to field low-collateral, counter-drone interceptors in FY22 - (February 2, 2021)
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon’s Hypersonics Director Rebuts The Critics - (February 1, 2021)
INNOVATION AT MACH 5 - (January 22, 2021)
DoD Drone Strategy Focuses On Low-End Threats – Not Nation-States - (January 11, 2021)
Pentagon’s first demo of small counter-drone tech set for spring - (January 9, 2021)
Army announces release of DoD Counter-Small UAS Strategy - (January 7, 2021)
Army preps Strykers for laser combat shoot-off - (December 21, 2020)
Congress Wants to Beef Up Army Effort to Develop Counter-Drone Weapons - (December 11, 2020)
Australia partners with US to develop hypersonic missiles - (December 1, 2020)
U.S., Australia agree to partner on hypersonic missile development - (November 30, 2020)
The Army is gearing up for a laser Stryker shoot-off
Colonel caps career of Army modernization support - (November 25, 2020)
Army Awards Mid-Range Capability Other Transaction Agreement - (November 6, 2020)
Army taps Lockheed to integrate Tomahawk, SM-6 into prototype land-launch system - (November 9, 2020)
Lockheed Martin to build mid-range missile prototype for US Army - (November 6, 2020)
Army Picks Tomahawk & SM-6 For Mid-Range Missiles - (November 6, 2020)
Department of Defense reaches out to industry to synchronize C-sUAS solutions - (November 2, 2020)
Modernizing Partnerships - (October 28, 2020)
Drone wars: U.S. military maneuvers to defeat enemy unmanned aircraft - (November 1, 2020)
The Pentagon is building a school to teach the force how to defeat drones - (October 31, 2020)
Lockheed Martin releases first image of new hypersonic long-range missile system - (October 8, 2020)
Army immediately launching new Mid-Range Capability program; eyeing Tomahawk, SM-6 - (October 28, 2020)
To gain an edge on hypersonic weapons, the Pentagon wants more help from universities - (October 28, 2020)
DOD Funds an Academic Consortium of Hypersonic Researchers to Outdo China - (October 26, 2020)
Rapid Capabilities Office Targets Soldier Needs - (October 15, 2020)
New Counter Drone Strategy Hits Esper's Desk - (October 15, 2020)
Army Hypersonic Weapons Demonstrating Super Accuracy - (October 14, 2020)
Changing the (not so distant) future fight: Hypersonics, directed energy and more - (October 7, 2020)
US-developed hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of target, says Army secretary - (October 14, 2020)
US Army hones in on solution for new mid-range missile pursuit - (October 13, 2020)
US Army solidifies requirements to counter small drones - (October 13, 2020)
Filling the gap with a new mid-range missile
Joint Counter-sUAS strategy to address need for improved technology - (October 8, 2020)
Army pursues new mid-range missile to fill gap in precision fires - (October 7, 2020)
Department of Defense to host C-sUAS Industry Open House - (September 22, 2020)
Army rapid prototyping office unveils new headquarters - (September 3, 2020)
For the US Army’s fires capability, 2023 is the year that will change everything - (September 8, 2020)
New Factory Opening Launches Hypersonic Industrial Phase - (August 21, 2020)
Army awards contract for Hybrid Electric prototype - (July 16, 2020)
Virtual Event: SMD Debrief 2020 - (August 5, 2020)
Army Starts Construction On Prototype Lasers - (August 4, 2020)
Army gets closer to fielding new air defense systems - (August 10, 2020)
How the DoD plans to meet its ambitious hypersonic missile test schedule - (August 5, 2020)
Army to Speed Up Testing of Planned Hypersonic Missile - (August 5, 2020)
Soldiers to Shoot Lasers from Stryker Vehicles in Upcoming Test - (August 5, 2020)
Troops To Test AFRL’s THOR Drone Killer This Fall - (August 4, 2020)
Hypersonics, Counter-Hypersonics Are a Top Priority - (July 24, 2020)
INNOVATION DAYS: CONCEPT, PROTOTYPE, DELIVER - (July 7, 2020)
EVERY MINUTE COUNTS - (July 7, 2020)
‘A Golden Age For Collaboration’ On Lasers & Microwaves: But Watch The Cheetos! - (July 7, 2020)
Army secretary tours Dynetics hypersonic missile facility in Huntsville - (July 1, 2020)
Secretary of the Army visits Northrop Grumman, thanks employees working on critical project - (July 1, 2020)
Army selects countermeasures against drones - (June 29, 2020)
Pentagon Plans 'Plug & Play' Drone-Killing Tech - (June 26, 2020)
Army announces first joint response to combating weaponized drones - (June 26, 2020)
The Army is tripling the power of one of its vehicle-mounted laser systems - (May 8, 2020)
Hypersonics: DoD Wants 'Hundreds of Weapons' ASAP - (April 24, 2020)
Hypersonics: 5 More Army-Navy Flight Tests By 2023 - (April 15, 2020)
PODCAST: Defense & Aerospace Report Daily Podcast with LTG Thurgood - (April 14, 2020)
Army AL&T Magazine Announces 2019 ALTies Winners - (April 13, 2020)
Joint team ensures hypersonic test success - (March 26, 2020)
U.S. Tests First Hypersonic Glide Body, Challenging Russia's Advanced Nuclear Weapons Lead - (March 20, 2020)
Army AL&T Magazine At Work Profile: Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office - (March 18, 2020)
Game Changer: U.S. military launches cutting-edge hypersonic weapon - (March 20, 2020)
Pentagon says successfully tested hypersonic missile - (March 20, 2020)
Department of Defense Tests Hypersonic Glide Body - (March 20, 2020)
The Pentagon Wants a Mix of Hypersonic Weapons. Here’s Why - (March 4, 2020)
Scaling Up: Army Advances 300kW-class Laser Prototype - (March 3, 2020)
BREAKING: Pentagon to Test-Fly New Hypersonic Glide Body This Year - (March 2, 2020)
Pentagon launches hypersonic industrial base study - (March 2, 2020)
Army Ramps Up Funding For Laser Shield, Hypersonic Sword - (February 28, 2020)
Innovation Day in Austin turns good ideas into prototypes - (February 27, 2020)
Virtual Reality helps Soldiers shape Army hypersonic weapon prototype - (February 12, 2020)
U.S. Hastens Advancements on Ultra-fast Hypersonic Weapons - (December 19, 2019)
New Road-Mobile Missiles 'Instrucmental' for Army Strategy - (December 9, 2019)
Army to showcase path for fast-tracking hypersonics, directed energy - (October 9, 2019)
Army Launches 16-Year Plan To Tackle Russia, China - (October 16, 2019)
Army Plans to Field Battery of New Hypersonic Missiles - (October 14, 2019)
Army awards hypersonic weapon system contracts - (August 30, 2019)
Hypersonic Contract Award
LTG Thurgood Promotion
Dynetics and Lockheed Martin awarded prized US Army hypersonic weapon contracts - (August 30, 2019)
The U.S. Army Plans To Field the Most Powerful Laser Weapon Yet - (August 7, 2019)
Final hypersonic missile contract awards imminent as Army preps to shoot one in FY21 - (August 7, 2019)
Lasers, Microwaves, Hypersonics & More: Army RCCTO - (August 7, 2019)
Soon to come to the Army: A high-power microwave to take out drone swarms - (August 7, 2019)
New Army Laser Could Kill Cruise Missiles - (August 5, 2019)
Here's when the Army wants 50kW lasers on Strykers - (August 1, 2019)
Army awards laser weapon system contract - (August 1, 2019)
Bring your most innovative ideas, the Army is listening - (July 29, 2019)
Northrop and Raytheon to compete to build laser weapon for short-range air defense - (August 1, 2019)
Big New Army Capabilities Coming Soon - (July 16, 2019)
Laser weapons that pack greater punch coming to Army - (July 17, 2019)
Cyber vs. Drone - (June 7, 2019)
Rapid Gets Rapid-er - (June 25, 2019)
From Sensor to Shooter, Faster - (June 7, 2019)
Partnering for speed: Army rapid prototyping office hosts industry open house - (June 12, 2019)
Army accelerates delivery of directed energy, hypersonic weapon prototypes - (June 7, 2019)
How industry can build better AI for the military - (June 9, 2019)
Army 'On Track' to Field Hypersonic Missiles by 2023 - (June 5, 2019)
Coming Soon to the US Army: Combat-capable hypersonic and laser weapons - (June 4, 2019)
Army Wants Hypersonic Missile Unit by 2023: Lt. Gen. Thurgood - (June 4, 2019)
US Army to conduct flight test of future hypersonic weapons - (June 4, 2019)
Army Close to Picking Firm to Build Hypersonic Weapon, General Says - (June 4, 2019)
Becoming the Bridge - (June 3, 2019)
Joint hypersonic weapon tests to start next year - (May 31, 2019)
Army Moves Out on Lasers, Hypersonics: Lt. Gen. Thurgood - (May 24, 2019)
Army hypersonics and directed energy office to host industry open house - (May 21, 2019)
Funding Kickstart - (May 13, 2019)
Army's first hypersonics director receives his third star - (April 25, 2019)
The Making of a Packard - (April 18, 2019)
Award-winning rapid electronic warfare capability ready for Phase 2 - (April 9, 2019)
Artificial Intelligence improves Soldiers' electronic warfare user interface - (March 18, 2019)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office is getting a new name and mission - (March 13, 2019)
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 - c4isrnet.com (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 - c4isrnet.com (October 11, 2017)
User feedback critical for the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office - Military.com (October 9, 2017)
Army Weapons Tests on the Fly in Effort to Win Race Against Russia - Military.com (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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