Army seeks innovative approaches to Soldier lethality in Boston

March 14, 2019

By Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

BURLINGTON, Mass. (March 14, 2019) -- The United States Army recently brought its second Expeditionary Technology Search competition, known as xTechSearch 2.0, to the greater Boston area to seek novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to advance capabilities in the Army modernization priority area of Soldier Lethality.

xTechSearch 2.0, which was established as a catalyst to engage with the non-traditional small business sector to drive American innovation for Army challenges and spur economic growth, follows its highly successful predecessor launched last year, in which more than 350 companies participated from across the United States.

The competition seeks to attract game-changing innovation to the Army by leveraging a competition where companies pitch novel technology solutions directly to Army leadership.

Throughout the day, participating companies were also given the opportunity to meet with Army small business professionals, who highlighted methods, programs and opportunities as well as assistance in identifying how their companies align to Army priorities.

Being in Boston, xTechSearch 2.0 was also able to capitalize on introducing companies to staff from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center. Creating a dialogue between these companies and key components to the Army's Soldier community created opportunities for collaboration that would not traditionally exist to help provide further support to our Soldiers.

"The Northeast region is home to one of the densest intellectual and innovation ecosystems in the world," said Dr. Melissa Flagg, lead for ARL Northeast. "Hosting xTechSearch in the Boston area allows us to leverage this thriving innovation environment - tapping local infrastructure, developing talent pipelines, instilling a knowledge of Army challenges across the ecosystem, and introducing companies from around the country to the collaboration opportunities in this area."

During the pitch day in Boston, companies and Army staff were also offered the opportunity to tour Northeastern University's Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, and were personally guided by Peter Boynton, CEO of Kostas Research Institute and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University.

The other Army priority areas supported by this competition include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, The Army Network, Air and Missile Defense; Medical Technologies and Military Engineering Technologies, and were pitched in Playa Vista, California, Chicago, Illinois, Austin, Texas, and Frederick, Maryland, leveraging the Army's Open Campus network and expanding the Army's relationships with small companies across the nation.

The next round of the competition will take place at the 2019 Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama, March 26-28.

Companies advancing from the Boston pitches who will be attending the symposium include the Armaments Research Company, Inc. (ARC), AUV Flight Services, LLC, Lumineye and Spark Thermionics, Inc.

For information about the program please visit this link.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) provides the American Soldier with a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world's finest equipment and services; and by leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army needs.

The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 14, 2019