10 Finalists Named in xTechSearch Competition

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10 Finalists Named in xTechSearch Competition

Ten small businesses have been named finalists in the fourth round of the Army’s xTechSearch competition.

The companies will each receive $120,000 and advance to the finals, which are scheduled for the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Exposition in October. The winner will receive a $250,000 prize to continue its work.

Twenty companies competed in the semifinals of xTechSearch 4.0, which took place online.

Aggressive Pace Needed for Army Modernization

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Aggressive Pace Needed for Army Modernization

Momentum is the key word for 2020 at the U.S. Army Futures Command, says its commander, Gen. Mike Murray.

Speaking Feb. 10 at an Atlantic Council forum, Murray said the key to meeting ambitious modernization goals is to keep moving. “I think you’ll see in 2020 a pretty aggressive year of demonstrations, experimentation and—something I’m very proud of—soldier touchpoints,” he said, referring to getting prototypes into the hands of soldiers for early evaluation.

Early and continuing soldier feedback will be critical to success, Murray said.

20 Companies Advance in XTechSearch Competition

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20 Companies Advance in XTechSearch Competition

Twenty small business and technology companies will demonstrate their innovations during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition as part of the fourth round of the Army’s XTechSearch competition.

Multi-Domain Operations Doctrine Could Come Soon

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Multi-Domain Operations Doctrine Could Come Soon

The U.S. military could have a new, joint operating concept within a year, loosely based on the Army’s Multi-Domain Operations proposal, the commander of the U.S. Army Futures Command said.

Speaking Feb. 10 at the Atlantic Council, Gen. Mike Murray said the services have similar concepts but haven’t been able to agree on details. That could soon change, he said.

The Army has been working for about four years on the notion that a broad-capability force that could find itself challenged in the air, land, sea, space or cyberspace domains should exploit a gap in another domain. 

Army Aviation Remains in High Demand

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Army Aviation Remains in High Demand

The demand for Army aviation will continue to grow beyond current requirements, which are already high, said Maj. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Alabama.

"The demand for aviation is as high as it ever has been and is not getting lower," he said.

Francis made his remarks during a presentation on the Army’s Future Vertical Lift modernization efforts Oct. 16 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

U.S., Allies Must Learn to ‘Win Without Fighting’

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Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command, answers a question during a panel at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition on Oct. 15, 2019.
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U.S., Allies Must Learn to ‘Win Without Fighting’

The United States and its allies and partners must solve the problem of how to face adversaries in so-called "left of conflict" competition, a panel of experts said Oct. 15 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The term describes the concept of engaging without combat. Russia, a potential near-peer adversary, is highly skilled at "left of conflict" operations, the panelists said. 

Garrett: Army Must Modernize or Risk Irrelevance

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LTG Michael Garrett greets an attendee at the ILW Forum Readiness panel discussion at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center on Oct. 14, 2019.
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Garrett: Army Must Modernize or Risk Irrelevance

The Army is ready to fight today, but it will not be ready for the future fight unless it modernizes the force, Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, said Oct. 14.

After seven months in his job of ensuring the Army is tactically ready, Garrett said, the “Army is ready to fight and win today … but the challenge is, how do we maintain sufficient amounts of readiness to meet our national defense strategy requirements?”