NATICK, Mass. – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or CCDC SC, met with members of the System of Science and Technology at Colombian Army, or SICTE, on July 9.
During the virtual meeting, CCDC SC and SICTE provided information about their organizations and discussed areas of mutual research and interest. SICTE, which is comprised of several organizations, is aiming to develop an organization like CCDC and was eager to learn more about CCDC SC and benefit from the center’s expertise.
During the meeting CCDC SC briefed SICTE on the work being done by all of CCDC SC’s directorates including Aerial Delivery, Combat Feeding, Soldier Performance Optimization, Soldier Protection and Survivability, and Expeditionary Maneuver Support, as well as CCDC SC’s Simulation and Training Center.
SICTE showed interest in all of the Soldier Center’s research areas, with specific interest in finding out more about CCDC SC’s ballistic protection and combat feeding advances.
“This virtual engagement with the Colombian Army worked surprisingly well and may enable many more similar international interactions with our partners in the future,” said Col. Frank Moore, CCDC SC’s military deputy. “Although in-person interactions can never be replaced, the time and cost savings are undeniable. We identified several potential research collaboration topics with the Colombians and have a much better appreciation of shared mission space now.”
In addition to discussing the Soldier Center’s directorates, Moore discussed the Measuring and Advancing Soldier Tactical Readiness and Effectiveness, or MASTR-E, program. Led by CCDC SC, MASTR-E is a large-scale effort that will measure, predict, and enhance close combat performance with predictive performance algorithms, sensors, data-driven decision aids, and targeted interventions to maximize Soldier performance.
Moore also discussed the Soldier and Squad Performance Research Institute, or S2PRINT. S2PRINT will provide the Army with a critical capability to determine how individual Soldiers and teams of Soldiers perform, leading to the optimization and enhancement of squad interactions and team dynamics. The planned S2PRINT facility is being co-led by CCDC SC and the U.S Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM.
Moore noted that Soldier input guides the organization’s S&T and that the Soldier Center’s scientists and engineers worked closely with Soldiers on a wide variety of efforts.
Moore said that collaboration is a key component in CCDC SC’s research and noted the importance of the organization’s many partnerships with academia, industry, and other government entities.
“I’m looking forward to collaborating with SICTE in the future,” said Moore.
About CCDC SC: CCDC SC is committed to discovering, developing, and advancing science and technology solutions that ensure America’s warfighters are optimized, protected, and lethal. CCDC SC supports all of the Army's Modernization efforts, with the Soldier Lethality and Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Teams being the CCDC SC’s chief areas of focus. The center’s science and engineering expertise are combined with collaborations with industry, DOD, and academia to advance Soldier and squad performance. The center supports the Army as it transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation to support a Multi-Domain Operations Capable Force of 2028 and a MDO Ready Force of 2035. CCDC SC is constantly working to strengthen Soldiers’ performance to increase readiness and support for warfighters who are organized, trained, and equipped for prompt and sustainable ground combat.
CCDC SC is part of CCDC. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.