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(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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More