The commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the U.S. Army vice chief of staff and other senior Army science and technology leaders recognized the U.S. Army's "Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007" during an awards ceremony June 12 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Va.
"This program highlights those outstanding winning technologies selected by the Warfighter that meet Army goals; enhance esprit de corps across the research and development and Warfighter communities; and promote public awareness of Army research and development community successes in support of the Warfighter," said Gen. Benjamin Griffin, commander, AMC.
The Army-wide awards program is dedicated to recognizing the best technology solutions for the Soldier.
Nominations for the program were submitted from across the Army laboratory community. Nine of the 10 inventions were developed by elements of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command.
The Army -- from active duty divisions to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to the Army's vice chief of staff -- chose the 10 winning programs based upon their impact on Army capabilities (breadth of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness, and potential benefit outside the Army.
Like previous years, there are no differentiating categories so that a variety of inventions could be recognized.
Each of the 10 selected teams received an award; the other nominated team members received certificates of participation.