Army Technology Magazine’s latest issue is available for download, or to read online (see links in the right-hand column). The May/June 2014 issue features an exclusive interview with Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general, Futures, TRADOC, and director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. The theme is Soldier of the future.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 1, 2014) — For Army scientists and engineers shaping the technology of the future, the Army of 2025 and beyond is quickly approaching.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno has said in his strategic vision that the Army seeks a lighter, faster and more lethal force of the future. Technology will provide innovative solutions.
“Army researchers within the Army Materiel Command and Research, Development and Engineering Command team achieve innovation by imagining something and then creating an idea or concept that can change the nature of the fight,” said RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond. “Future American warriors will depend on technologies that better protect them and prepare them for the fight.”
RDECOM’s strategy ties technology development together, from lethality to protection, according to Ormond, whose teams are working on improving ground vehicles, Army aircraft, missiles, chemical-biological defense, body armor and more.
“In the future, quantum communications will enable entangled atoms to pass information with no apparent connection,” Ormond said. “This means bandwidth will not be an issue. It also means secure communications. We are working on this with the University of Maryland.”
Army researchers focus on developing capabilities to meet the requirements laid out by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
“We must deliver capabilities focused on the priority needs of our primary customer, the warfighter,” said Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general, Futures, TRADOC, and director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. “With this focus, we need scientists, researchers and engineers to provide the Army with potential solutions that include realistic assessments of technical and integration risks.”