Army asks industry for enabling technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), unmanned vehicles, and sensors

Nov. 22, 2019
Researchers want technologies that enhance artificial intelligence and machine learning; unmanned vehicles; sensors; and long-range precision fires.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – U.S. Army researchers are asking industry for new technologies that enhance military effectiveness and national security in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning; unmanned vehicles; sensors; and long-range precision fires.

Officials Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) at Fort Belvoir, Va., issued a solicitation this week (W50RAJ20R0099) for the organization's invitation-only innovations days briefings, which will be 11 and 12 Feb. 2020 in Austin, Texas.

Although topic areas are not limited, Army researchers particularly are interested in:

  • long range precision fires;
  • next generation combat vehicle (NGCV);
  • future vertical lift (FVL);
  • network with hardware, software, and infrastructure;
  • air and missile defense;
  • soldier lethality;
  • medical technologies;
  • military engineering technologies;
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML);
  • assured position, navigation, and timing (PNT);
  • autonomous platforms;
  • computation;
  • data visualization and synthetic environments;
  • human performance;
  • internet of things (IoT);
  • power generation and management technologies;
  • protection;
  • quantum technologies; and
  • sensors and sensing.

The innovation days briefings are modeled after commercial investor "pitch" days and will evaluate disruptive, innovative approaches and technologies to address critical Army capabilities that could be in the hands of warfighters within one to three years.

This is a competitive solicitation seeking white papers for innovative technologies that accelerate attainment of critical technologies. This may result in the award of prototype projects, concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development.

Companies interested should submit 10-page white papers on their enabling technologies no later than 6 Dec. 2019 detailing their innovative idea and how it is relevant to the Army. White papers should be submitted online to the Vulcan website at Post submissions to the website's “Innovation Day: 11-12 February 2020" linked folder.

Those who submit promising white papers may be invited to discuss their ideas in person this February in Austin, Texas. More information is online at

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