15 March 2019
WASHINGTON: What does it take to build a tank? You’d probably think of guns, armor, big engines — not wireless chargers or intellectual property rights. But Bruce Jette does think about those things, which is why he’s the head of Army acquisition. The first real test of his new IP policy: the Army’s high-tech Next Generation Combat Vehicle.
The NGCV project, the Army’s No. 2 modernization priority, is developing multiple manned and robotic vehicles. The most urgent effort: replacing the venerable M2 Bradley troop carrier with a new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle that can carry infantry into future battles with better protection, more firepower, and a host of electronic sensors, from mini-drones to an artificially intelligent targeting assistant called ATLAS. They also want the option to run the vehicle by remote control or, in the longer term, with an onboard AI.
But OMFV is only one piece of the Army’s massive modernization drive, and all those pieces have to work together, Jette pointed out at the McAleese/Credit Suisse conference this week.READ MORE