FORT EUSTIS, Va. — U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and its Army Capabilities Integration Center, or ARCIC, introduced the Forum for Innovative Novel Discovery Oct. 3 and 4, during the annual Association of the United States Army professional development forum in Washington, D.C., as part of a new strategy to bring more small industry businesses into the Army’s capability development process.
The purpose of FIND is to provide industry the opportunity to present their most innovative ideas to Army senior leaders and receive immediate feedback. The goal is to develop opportunities to discover potential game-changing technologies through a novel approach.
The initiative provides a framework to enable ARCIC to focus future force development and prioritize its research, development and acquisition strategy.
The initial forum focused on one part of TRADOC’s “Big 6+1” capabilities initiative – robotics and autonomous systems, or RAS. Six small business representatives were selected to present their research and development efforts in RAS to a panel of Army general officers and receive advice and guidance on current and future Army capability requirements.
“The FIND initiative is an excellent opportunity for small businesses and Army senior leaders to collaborate and exchange information and ideas,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Dyess, ARCIC deputy director. “It is important to the Army that we work with our industry partners early and often to cultivate close partnerships and meet the needs of our Army. The FIND initiative is one way TRADOC is helping to accomplish that goal.”
TRADOC will continue to expand this effort. Future FIND events will focus on different topics across the TRADOC Big 6+1 capabilities initiative. The next FIND event is scheduled to coincide with the March 2017 AUSA professional development forum in Huntsville, Alabama.
Pictured above: Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Calhoun and Spc. Colby J. McAdams, 734th Ordnance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas, prepare the andros FX for mission before the Brigade Modernization Command’s Army Warfighting Assessment or AWA 17.1 Oct. 14 at Fort Bliss, Texas. The AWA exercise is evaluations that develop interim solutions to the Army warfighting challenges and will focus on exploring new ideas; not just for technology, but on tactics and concepts as well. Another way U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is exploring new ideas is through the Forum for Innovative Novel Discovery, or FIND initiative. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)