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Army xTechSearch

Posted November 23, 2018

The U.S. Army is seeking innovative, paradigm-breaking technologies from the nontraditional defense community to support modernization priorities

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the second cohort of the Army Expeditionary Technology Search – xTechSearch – to be featured at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Global Force Meeting in Huntsville, AL, on 26 to 28 March 2019. xTechSearch will highlight opportunities for nontraditional defense partners to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most poignant Army modernization challenges.

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The ASA(ALT) recognizes that the Army must enhance engagements with the entrepreneurial funded community, small businesses, and other non-traditional defense partners, by: (1) understanding the spectrum of technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the Army; (2) integrating the sector of nontraditional innovators into the Army’s research and development ecosystem; and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the Army.

The xTechSearch program will provide resourcing to select businesses to demonstrate proof of concept for their technologies pertaining to Army challenges.  The program will also integrate these nontraditional innovators into the Army’s Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystem by providing cooperative research opportunities with Army labs, including access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.  xTechSearch is an opportunity for businesses to pitch novel technology solutions – a new application for an existing technology or a new technology concept entirely – to the Army.  The Army will provide non-dilutive seed prizes for the companies to demonstrate proof of concept in an Army-relevant challenge area.

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
  • Advanced materials
  • Efficient Manned-Unmanned Teaming Constructs
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Autonomy

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 resilient mission command on the move to wage the maneuver ISR, joint fires, and sustainment fights to retain and exploit the initiative against a peer adversary in an inherently contested cyber and electromagnetic environment. Potential technology areas include:

  • Secure Tactical Communications
  • Interoperable hardware, software, and information systems
  • Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)
  • Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)
  • Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

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 and projection
  • Training
  • Improved Soldier protection equipment
  • Improved situational awareness and communications
  • Optimized and enhanced human performance
  • Asymmetric Vision and Decide Faster technologies
  • Prolonged field medical care

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
  • 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


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