Army seeks latest technology in Texas

Army launches xTechSearch 2.0 to continue search for next generation technology

March 14, 2019

By Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

AUSTIN, Texas (March 14, 2019) -- The United States Army held its second Expeditionary Technology Search competition, known as xTechSearch 2.0, to engage with the non-traditional small business sector in Austin, Texas, March 5-6.

The focus of xTechSearch 2.0 is to drive American innovation, spur economic growth and seek novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to advance Army capabilities across multiple technology areas to include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, The Army Network, Air and Missile Defense; Increasing Soldier Lethality, Medical Technologies and Military Engineering Technologies.

The Army selected 60 companies to make pitches to xTechSearch panels across the country. Twenty of those companies pitched in Austin for technologies related to Future Vertical Lift, Long-Range Precision Fires and Air and Missile Defense.

Eight Austin companies were selected as finalists based on their pitches and will be featured at the Association of the Army's Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama, from March 26-28. The companies selected include AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc., Gurnee, Illinois; Ghostwave, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; Invisible Interdiction, Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia; NOVAA Ltd., Chicago, Illinois; Response Technologies, West Warwick, Rhode Island; United Aircraft Technologies, Inc., Troy, New York; Valley Tech Systems, Reno, Nevada; and Vita Inclinata Technologies, Denver, Colorado.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), launched the nationwide competition to revolutionize the way the Army attracts and encourages innovation.

Maj. Katrina Patton, with the Deputy, Science and Technology Branch, Futures and Concepts Center was one of the panel judges and found the competition beneficial.

"The Army has always intuitively provided opportunities for small businesses and this venue not only gave us an opportunity to provide valuable feedback to shape and drive future projects, it allowed us to link these innovators with key senior leaders," Patton said. "The most rewarding part of this effort was finding 'leap ahead' technology that will possibly benefit the Army in very near future."

The companies were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase their technologies.

"We're ecstatic with the news on AKHAN's selection," said Adam Khan, founder, chairman, and CEO of AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. "We've really enjoyed presenting our technology in the Army xTech program. It's been a great opportunity to leverage our commercial technology advancements for the future needs of Army vertical lift, amongst others."

This year's xTechSearch offered an information session that focused on collaborating with military and the government and allowed small business participants to have meaningful face-to-face time and open dialogue with representatives from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory-South, the Army's corporate research laboratory (ARL South), The University of Texas at Austin, the Army's Application Laboratory, Army Futures Command, Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Office of Small Business.

Heidi Maupin, regional lead for ARL South hosted the discussion in a casual setting with minimal structure and lecture.

"This fresh approach enabled an honest discussion resulting in significant takeaways for all participants that will inspire meaningful improvements in our collaboration processes," Maupin said.

Established two years ago, the ARL South Open Campus encompasses 19 formal academia and industry partners, with more than 100 Army researchers co-located within 12 research institutions in the southern United States, with a large concentration of collaborative research occurring in Texas.

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