ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory welcomed more than 600 partners to its 2018 Program Formulation Meeting March 20 at the Mallette Training Facility at APG.

Stakeholders from across the Army science and technology community as well as the Training and Doctrine Command attend this venue to meet with Army researchers and influence lab priorities for the coming year.

"I know that the programs that you are here to talk about are vital and a lot of people will recognize that," said Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. "The focus, the lens, is really crystallized on what you all are doing and I have no doubt that this community stands ready to deliver on the promises and the assurances that we're giving folks in terms of how we can bring things from discovery to actual technical capability for the armed forces."

Earlier this year, officials said the Army's modernization strategy has one focus, "to make Soldiers and units more lethal to win the nation's wars, and come home safely."

The process will leverage commercial innovations, cutting-edge science and technology, prototyping and warfighter feedback, the said. Wins told the APG gathering that the Army has six modernization priorities:
" Long-Range Precision Fires
" Next Generation of Combat Vehicles
" Future Vertical Lift Platforms
" Army Network
" Network Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence
" Air and Missile Defense Capabilities
" Soldier Lethality

"As our chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley has said, the character of war is changing. Much of that change has to do with the increasing pace of change in and the spread of technology," Wins said. "We want to be out on the forefront of all those efforts. What does that mean for RDECOM and the Army as we begin to tackle modernization?"

The general also told attendees to stay tuned in for further developments as the Army prepares to announce plans for a possible modernization or futures command at an upcoming Association of the United States Army conference.

The AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition is scheduled for March 26-28 in Huntsville, Alabama.

"Many of you in this room know better than I do that you can't force things in terms of discovery to happen quickly across the board nor can you force discovery to develop into something useful faster than the science will allow, but you can find a faster way to move things from useful to actually being used," Wins said. "That's the piece of the Army we're trying to get after."


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.