ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 28, 2019) -- One of the Army's top priorities is providing modernized capabilities to our Soldiers to ensure they have every advantage when facing future threats on the battlefield.

Within the Army is the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, chartered to develop rapid experimental prototypes and field residual combat capabilities. Set up inside the RCCTO is a dedicated office known as the Advanced Concepts and Experimentation (ACE) project office, led by Rob Monto, that services as a quick reaction cell for research, analysis, prototyping and assessment of emerging technologies.

Acting as a portal to nationwide experts in academia, industry, start-ups and other services, ACE seeks to find new or emerging technology. One way the ACE office scouts for these technologies is through their Innovation Days. Held quarterly, with the first being held on September 17, the Innovation Days are modeled after commercial "pitch" days and will be used to evaluate novel approaches and new solutions to address critical capabilities.

Combat Capabilities Development Command plays a role in this process by assisting, in some cases, with the validation and demonstration portion. In certain situations RCCTO may suggest the capability come into a CCDC center or lab for further development.

In the eleventh episode of the CCDC "In the Lab" podcast, Monto discusses his office's role within the RCCTO and how they are bridging from demonstrations to prototypes and delivering capabilities to the Soldier. He explains the structure of the organization and the role of the RCCTO board of directors, as well as details about how they work directly with CCDC lab and Centers.

"CCDC in the Lab" is a bi-weekly podcast highlighting the people behind the technology being developed within the command. To listen to the podcast, copy and paste this link (https://ccdc.podbean.com) or search "CCDC in the Lab" in the Apple Podcast, Google Play or Spotify apps.

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The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), formerly known as the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), has the mission to provide the research, engineering, and analytical expertise to deliver the capabilities that enable the Army to deter and, when necessary, decisively defeat any adversary now and into the future. CCDC collaborates across the Future Force Modernization Enterprise and its own global network of domestic and international partners in academia, industry and other government agencies to accomplish this mission under the strategic vision of the Army Futures Command.