Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

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Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

Climate change is already affecting the Army’s mission and installations, a senior Army official said.

“Climate change is affecting the Army today,” said Paul Farnan, acting assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment. “It’s affecting how we operate, where we operate, what we do [and] how we train.” 

New Material Could Revolutionize Armor, Shields

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New Material Could Revolutionize Armor, Shields

Researchers at the Army’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have identified a new material that could make armor and blast shields lighter and stronger. 

The research, done in partnership with Caltech and ETH Zürich, found that the new material was more effective than Kevlar and steel at stopping a projectile. The breakthrough is significant, as Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or DEVCOM, must strike a balance between ensuring gear is light but also effective. 

New Program Boosts Soldiers’ Data Science Skills

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New Program Boosts Soldiers’ Data Science Skills

The Army is working to build more data science and data engineering expertise in the force by adding a short-term certification program to a pilot program underway now at a leading university.

The upcoming program will select a number of soldiers to do a six-month certification program in data science through Carnegie Mellon University, a “world leader in data science,” after which the soldiers will return to the force, said Maj. Gen. J.P. McGee, director of the Army Talent Management Task Force.

Synthetic Environment Set to ‘Revolutionize’ Training

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Synthetic Environment Set to ‘Revolutionize’ Training

The Army’s efforts to build a synthetic training environment will “revolutionize” the way soldiers train for years to come, said Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, director of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team. 

Speaking Oct. 15 during a Warriors Corner presentation at AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Gervais said her team is working closely with academia, government and industry partners.

XTechSearch Competition Seeks New Entries

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XTechSearch Competition Seeks New Entries

A technology search competition sponsored by the Army to help advance its modernization priorities is seeking entries for a third round of the contest.

The Expeditionary Technology Search, known as xTechSearch, was launched in 2017. It invites small nondefense companies to demonstrate technologies and nontraditional innovators who can work with the Army to modernize the force.

A Purdue University startup from West Lafayette, Indiana, won first place in the inaugural competition of xTechSearch, earning $200,000 in prize money.

Adranos Named Inaugural xTechSearch Winner

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Adranos Named Inaugural xTechSearch Winner

Adranos, Inc., a Purdue University startup in West Lafayette, Ind., is the winner of the Army’s inaugural xTechSearch competition.

Army Seeks Technological Breakthroughs

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Army Seeks Technological Breakthroughs

The Army hopes science and technology programs can deliver increased flexibility, adaptability and speedy responsiveness to known and unknown national security challenges, said Tom Russell, deputy assistant Army secretary for Research and Technology.

Army Honors Science and Technology Innovation

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Army Honors Science and Technology Innovation

March 20, 2017

Innovations involving blood, location and energy were winners of the 2016 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation, according to an announcement made during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Ala.

Warfighters Drive Science and Technology

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Warfighters Drive Science and Technology

In its quest to deliver the latest scientific and technological innovations to soldiers in the field, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is drawing heavily on the hard-won expertise of its consumer base—warfighters themselves.