Materials and Manufacturing Sciences

Explore opportunities in Materials & Manufacturing Sciences

Future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) will require a Joint Force that can penetrate and dis-integrate enemy anti-access and area denial systems and exploit the resultant freedom of maneuver to achieve strategic objectives [1].  Within the MDO construct, the Army must consider multiple, complex, and integrated threats, which leverage multiple technologies to obtain a differential advantage and undermine U.S. ability to achieve overmatch [1] [2].  Future fires capabilities must continue to deter adversaries, and when necessary, enable freedom of maneuver via the destruction, neutralization, or suppression of adversary capabilities stand-off capabilities [3].  Maneuver forces must integrate reconnaissance and security operations, move sensors and long-range capabilities into positions of advantage, integrate intelligence and operations, defeat enemy cross domain capabilities, and transition from shaping operations to close combat [2] [4].  The Army Modernization Priorities of Long Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, and Soldier Lethality support these needed capabilities for MDO.

The Army of 2040 will require materials with unprecedented properties that can be rapidly and cost-effectively produced to enable systems that are highly mobile, smart, lethal, and protected. Materials and Manufacturing Sciences will respond to emerging threats and eliminate tactical surprise – caused by the proliferation of advanced technology by our adversaries – by linking materials research, manufacturing processes and design, to produce materials with unprecedented properties in greatly reduced timeframes. Across Materials and Manufacturing, multi-scale models, over a range of spatial and temporal scales, are being explored to discover relevant phenomena and to enable efficient materials designs that enable the MDO priorities. Computational multi-scale models are closely coupled to experimental efforts to reduce uncertainty and to validate model accuracy. Ranging from novel lightweight armors and advanced materials for hypersonic flight to quantum, topological materials and synthetic biology that transforms the way we fight; materials and manufacturing research is discovering and answering the hard questions to change the paradigm on what capabilities Army Materiel will provide to the future force.

Research Focus:  Discover, innovate, and transition materials and manufacturing processes that enable a more lethal Army.   Enable Army modernization by understanding, exploiting, developing, and manufacturing materials for Army applications, resulting in advances in warfighting capabilities for the soldier.   Project the state-of-the-art in materials technology to forecast potential capabilities, allowing the Army to maintain its competitive advantage in the future.

Vision for MDO: The Army of 2040 utilizes advanced technologies to achieve overmatch across a wide spectrum of domains and environments.  The desired end state of the Materials and Manufacturing Sciences competency is to leverage the broad materials community to produce materials that enable the materiel to give Soldiers unprecedented overmatch across the increasingly dynamic, complex, multi-domain battlefield of the future.