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Technology Focus Areas:

xTechSearch seeks novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to support the following Army technology focus areas:

  • 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
    • Extended range cannon artillery
    • Enhanced guidance/navigation for weapon systems
    • Advanced energetics
    • Advanced warheads for cluster munitions
    • Next-generation RADARs
  • Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV). Develop replacements for current tanks and infantry fighting vehicles that realize weight, sustainment, and cost-per-unit savings.  This will increase the capability of our existing formations and improve our ability to survive and win in the complex and densely urbanized terrain of an intensely lethal and distributed battlefield where all domains are continually contested. Potential technology areas include:
    • NGCV Design
    • Vehicle Protection against advanced threats
    • Robotics and autonomy for combat operations and logistics
    • Advanced power generation and storage
    • Advanced off-road mobility
    • Advanced materials
    • Efficient Manned-Unmanned Teaming Constructs
    • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for Autonomy
    • Close Combat Decisive Lethality
  • Future Vertical Lift (FVL) to develop replacement aviation platforms that include unmanned and autonomous attack, reconnaissance, utility, and MEDEVAC with increased speed and extended range and station time to operate in complex, dense urban terrain on an intensely lethal, distributed, and expanded battlefield within contested air space. Potential technology areas include:
    • Platform development and demonstration
    • Next-generation unmanned aircraft system technologies
    • Aviation protection and aircraft survivability
    • Improved situational awareness
    • Integrated Mission Systems
    • Advanced power systems
    • Efficient Manned-Unmanned Teaming Constructs
    • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Autonomy
  • Network with hardware, software, and infrastructure to 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 to reduce the cost curve of missile defense, restore overmatch, survive volley-fire attacks, and operate within sophisticated A2/AD and contested domains. Potential technology areas include:
    • Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD)
    • Smaller and more affordable missiles
    • High Energy Lasers
    • Gun-based counter-tactical and small unmanned air systems (UAS) capabilities
    • Advanced seekers
    • Advanced energetics and propulsion
    • Next-generation RADARs
  • Soldier Lethality to improve Soldier and small unit performance, reduce surprise, increase protection, and enhance lethality in close combat on an intensely lethal and distributed battlefield and within complex, urban terrain. Potential technology areas include:
    • Advanced lethality small arms weapons, ammo and fire control
    • Simulation Training
    • 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
    • Aerial re-supply systems
    • Carried weight/load reduction technologies
  • Medical technologies optimized for use in austere environments that prevent, diagnose, treat, mitigate, or cure servicemember 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
    • Telehealth
    • 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
    • Suicide prevention
    • Prompt treatment of post-traumatic stress mitigating progression to PTSD
    • Prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Military Engineering Technologies, including 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