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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Army R&D focuses on tech demos, affordable modernization

The Command Post is fast becoming not a place, but a virtual network of Soldiers and data. In the future, any physical surface -- flat or curved, vertical or horizontal, moving or fixed -- is becoming a shared visual platform enabled by touch, gesture and voice interaction.

The Command Post is fast becoming not a place, but a virtual network of Soldiers and data. In the future, any physical surface — flat or curved, vertical or horizontal, moving or fixed — is becoming a shared visual platform enabled by touch, gesture and voice interaction.

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Army research and development efforts to support the future Soldier will begin to coalesce during technology-enabled capability demonstrations over the next several years, according to the director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

“We all know change is coming, and we are looking to position ourselves for the new environment,” said Dale Ormond, RDECOM director, to about 80 representatives of the command and control community from military units, government agencies, contractors and technology service providers attending the 4th annual Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Command & Control Summit.

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Taiwanese military officials visit U.S. Army research facility

Taiwanese Lt. Gen. Shou-Fong Chin (left) receives a briefing about the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command from Director Dale Ormond at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 18.

Taiwanese Lt. Gen. Shou-Fong Chin (left) receives a briefing about the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command from Director Dale Ormond at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 18. (U.S. Army photo by David McNally)

A Taiwanese military delegation met with U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Director Dale Ormond at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 18. The group is on a tour of military sites around the nation.