xTechSearch seeks novel, disruptive concepts and dual-use technologies that address Army capability gaps or technology shortfalls, manufacturing or manufacturability challenges at Army depots and arsenals, and sustainment or obsolescence issues in support of the Organic and Inorganic Defense Industrial Base.

Examples of technology focus areas are listed below. For a full list of focus areas and technology types, click here

Long Range Precision Fires
Provide massed, mobile, operational-level kinetic and non-kinetic strike options to restore overmatch, improve deterrence, and disrupt Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) on a complex, contested, and expanded battlefield. Potential technology areas include:
• Propulsion for extended long-range missiles
• Enhanced guidance/navigation for weapon systems
• Advanced energetics
• Next-generation RADARs

Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV)
Develop technologies that realize weight, sustainment, and cost-per-unit savings. Improve the ability to survive and win in the complex and densely urbanized terrain of a distributed battlefield where all domains are continually contested. Potential technology areas include:
• Vehicle Protection
• Robotics and autonomy
• Advanced power generation and storage
• Advanced off-road mobility
• Advanced materials
• Autonomy constructs
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for Autonomy

Future Vertical Lift (FVL)
Aviation platforms and technologies to enable unmanned and autonomous operation, reconnaissance, utility and operation in dense urban terrain. Potential technology areas include:
• Next-generation unmanned aircraft system technologies
• Novel materials for aviation protection
• Improved situational awareness
• Advanced power systems
• Autonomy constructs
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Autonomy

Network with Hardware, Software, and Infrastructure
Provide reliable network communications in a congested environment that is secure against attack from peer adversaries. Using a unified network architecture, provide communications for command, control, and intelligence assets using a common operating environment for seamless plug-and-play operability. Potential technology areas include:
• Secure Tactical Communications
• Interoperable hardware, software, and information systems
• Cyber offensive and defensive technologies
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning for autonomous network functions
• Networking applications capable of distributed command/control and rapid decision making
• Electromagnetic wave threat identification, location, and spoofing
• Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) in a signal denied environment
• Cyber in support of persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions
Mesh networking techniques using commercial and military satellite constellations

Air and Missile Defense
Reduce the cost curve of missile defense, restore overmatch, survive volley-fire attacks, and operate within sophisticated A2/AD and contested domains. Potential technology area include:
• Counter-tactical and small unmanned air systems (USAS) capabilities
• Advanced seekers
• Advanced energetics and propulsion
Next-generation RADARs

Soldier Lethality
Improve Soldier and small unit performance, reduce surprise, increase protection, enhance lethality, and improved training regiments for complex urban terrain. Potential technology areas include:
• Small arms weapons, ammo and fire control
• Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR) for Synthetic Training Environments
• Improved Soldier protection equipment (e.g. body armor, head borne protection)
• Improved situational awareness and communications
• Digital Soldier technologies (e.g. AR/VR displays)
Optimized and enhanced human performance

Medical Technologies
Develop technologies optimized for use in austere environments that prevent, diagnose, treat, mitigate, or cure service member health threats such as injury, polytrauma, cognitive and psychological stress, and infectious diseases.Potential medical technology areas include:
• Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
• Immediate cardiopulmonary stabilization and advanced, autonomous life support
• Medical robotics and semi-/autonomous care systems
• Diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury
• Enhancement of human physical, psychological, and cognitive performance and resilience
• Prompt treatment of post-traumatic stress mitigating progression to PTSD
Prevention and treatment of infectious diseases

Military Engineering Technologies
Develop solutions that include 3D mapping and characteristics, cold regions science and engineering, and civil or military engineering applications. Potential technology areas include:
• Geospatial intelligence analytics
• Map-based mission planning
• Underground sensing
Geo-Environmental Physics Modeling and Simulation

Manufacturing and Manufacturability Technologies
Develop solutions that are Defense Industrial Base. Potential technology areas include:
• Additive / Advanced Manufacturing
• Logistics
• Obsolescence