Army launches xTechSearch 2.0 to continue search for next generation technology

By Joshua D. Israel, ASA(ALT)December 10, 2018

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The Army Expeditionary Technology Search, or xTechSearch, mirrors entrepreneurial pitch competitions where aspiring entrepreneurs make innovative proposals to panels of investors, who then choose whether or not to invest as business partners. xTechSe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON -- The United States Army is launching its second Expeditionary Technology Search competition, known as xTechSearch 2.0, as a catalyst to engage with the non-defense traditional small business sector, to drive American innovation for Army challenges and spur economic growth.

xTechSearch 2.0 follows its highly successful predecessor launched earlier this year, in which more than 350 companies participated from across the United States. xTechSearch 2.0 will continue the forward leaning initiative to attract game-changing innovation to the Army by leveraging a competition where companies pitch novel technology solutions directly to Army leadership.

Dr. Bruce D. Jette, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), launched the nationwide competitions to revolutionize the way the Army attracts and encourages innovation.

"Our Army of the future must be ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere, in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining the ability to conduct irregular warfare," Jette said. "The next generation of enabling technologies required to achieve these goals may not currently exist or they may not be apparent to the Army so we must proactively and aggressively engage with innovators to see what new ideas, concepts, systems and sub-system components they can bring to the table."

xTechSearch 2.0 is seeking novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to advance capabilities across multiple technology areas to include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, The Army Network, Air and Missile Defense; Increasing Soldier Lethality, Medical Technologies and Military Engineering Technologies.

xTechSearch will host outreach events across the country leveraging the Army's Open Campus network to engage with American innovators and spur the development of leap-ahead technologies for the Army of the Future. The Army will provide cash prizes for the companies to demonstrate proof of concept for their technology in an Army-relevant challenge area.

See the link below (Related Links) for more information on xTechSearch. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 31, 2018.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) provides the American Soldier with a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world's finest equipment and services; and by leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army needs.

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More information on xTechSearch