Commentary: Future Lethality

Director's Corner: Dale A. Ormond, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

Commentary by Dale A. Ormond
Director, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

The Army of the future will have fewer Soldiers but will be more lethal. Technology will make that possible, and our scientists and engineers are – and have been – redefining the art of the possible to make this enabling technology a reality.

The Soldier and squad are the foundation of the Army. Our strategy is to build from the Soldier out, equipping our squads for tactical overmatch in all situations. They will connect to an integrated network to give them greater awareness and increased speed for decision-making beyond their adversaries, and they will operate in vehicles that make them more mobile, more lethal, and at the same time, better protected.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is bringing solutions to these challenge at every point. From aviation to ground vehicles, our researchers and engineers at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and Detroit Arsenal, Mich., are developing and testing the best technologies to make ground and air vehicles more protective of our Soldiers while providing increased efficiency, affordability and lethality.

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Director’s Column: Partnerships

RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond

RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond

By Dale A. Ormond, RDECOM Director

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command depends on partnerships to develop world-class technology and engineering solutions. Our mission is only achievable if we continue to reach out and build partnerships across all of our core competencies.

The automotive industry, for example, is very interested in collaborating with us. Our tank and automotive research center recently signed a formal research agreement with General Motors for hydrogen fuel research.

Partnering with America’s automakers gives us tremendous opportunities to leverage their technology development while contributing to the industry knowledge base. Also, we partner with the University of Michigan and Michigan State to help develop the next generation of automotive engineers who are working on our most challenging problems. All of this gives us direct engagement with leading edge of technology.

The engineers at our aviation and missile center collaborate with NASA scientists on areas of mutual interest such as logistics, engineering, safety, quality and assurance. We face many of the same issues, and when we share best practices with each other, both organizations benefit.

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Article on RDECOM work in nanotechnology

Dressed to kill, one atom at a time

U.S. Soldiers and allies operating in the challenging terrain of Afghanistan.

I’m visiting part of the RDECOM team at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., but the Natick, Mass., team is making news with their  nanotechnology. I think the article does a nice job of showing how doing basic research allows us to operate in the space between the state of the art and the art of the possible to empower, unburden, protect and sustain our Soldiers.

The article also mentions several other points that are important for us, including the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies we fund at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, using nanotechnology for green purposes and how important it is to have a robust basic research program to keep the technology pipeline full of new technologies that other parts of the team can turn into products and capabilities.

The Armaments Center team here at Picatinny Arsenal is scheduled to get some attention from a senior Army leader soon, more about that tomorrow.

New ARDEC director reflects on growth as a leader

New ARDEC director reflects on growth as a leader

“You better get down here,” said the caller.

Dr. Gerardo Melendez returned the phone to the cradle. Some special operations Soldiers were downstairs in his building at Fort Monmouth, N.J.,where he served before his new assignment here as director of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The “Green Berets” wanted to see the people involved with fitting specialized equipment on their vehicles operating in Iraq.

Melendez hadn’t heard much specific information about how the equipment was performing.
“I guess because of the nature of their operations,” said Melendez.

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