• Technologies demonstrated at battle lab

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  • Maj. Frank Messina | Mission Command Battle Lab
    “While serving as a staff officer, I often desired more time and better situational understanding with which to make recommendations to my commander. Now, as an analyst within the Mission Command Battle Lab Science and Technology Branch, I am able to have a closer view of how technology may be able to provide that for our soldiers now and into the future,” said retired Army Maj. Josh Davis, describing a technology demonstration provided to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center community Jan. 29-30 at the battle lab.
    “For the past two days we were able to bring together both Army and commercial technology developers for a technology demonstration to build awareness of mission command-related emerging technologies and to gather perspectives on their applicability to military problems,” Davis said.
    More than 200 people from Fort Leavenworth and the centers of excellence across the Army took the opportunity to observe new and emerging technologies during the two-day event.
    Eight organizations demonstrated 15 different programs that may have a positive impact on future military operations. Those organizations included the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center; the Army Research Laboratory; the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center; IBM; Applied Technical Systems; LGS Innovations; Charles River Analytics; and VRgluv.
    The MCBL Science and Technology Branch hosted the demonstration as a complementary event to the Futures and Concepts Center Unified Challenge game-based experiment that was conducted Jan. 23 through Feb. 1 in the MCBL Futures Lab. Participants in the experiment were able to interact with U.S. Army and commercial technology developers, gaining awareness and providing feedback on the technologies focused on human-machine interfaces and artificial intelligence.
    The technologies demonstrated showed potential applicability to military operations and training. Vendors highlighted IBM Watson applications showcasing possible military applications of artificial intelligence.
    The Army Research Laboratory demonstrated human-agent teaming research aimed at improving target detection, solving complex problems in dynamic environments, and making Army systems more responsive to soldiers’ behaviors and intentions.
    The C5ISR Center showcased Command of Robotics Systems, a family of applications to incorporate robotics systems into existing mission command processes.
    Finally, the uses of virtual reality and force-feedback gloves were demonstrated by VRgluv.
    “Events like this not only provide a venue to see new technologies that are emerging, but also to provide the community an opportunity to understand and appreciate what is under development across the Army, academia and commercial firms,” said MCBL Director Calvin Johnson.
    The MCBL will continue to highlight the important role that technology can play in executing mission command — the integrator of all Army warfighting functions.
    Editor’s note: Maj. Frank Messina is the Science and Technology Branch senior project officer in the Mission Command Battle Lab.
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