ARO Year in Review 2022 highlights Army extramural research successes

By U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Office of Strategic CommunicationsJune 14, 2023

DEVCOM ARL releases ARO Year in Review 2022, featuring success stories from its extramural research during fiscal 2022.
DEVCOM ARL releases ARO Year in Review 2022, featuring success stories from its extramural research during fiscal 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Illustration) VIEW ORIGINAL

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory released ARO Year in Review 2022, featuring success stories from its extramural research during fiscal 2022.

ARO Year in Review is available online and provides an overview of the mission, programs, funding and significant extramural scientific accomplishments of DEVCOM ARL’s Army Research Office and Army Research Directorate. The book serves as an annual report for how ARL is harnessing intellectual capital of the world’s research organizations.

“This is an exciting time for ARO,” said Dr. Barton Halpern, director of ARO. “During 2022, DEVCOM ARL strengthened our scientific research and business practices and fully integrated our internal and external foundational research efforts to a competency-based alignment to deliver to the Army fundamentally advantageous science-based change when it needs it most.”

ARO directs academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and large and small businesses to advance the state of the science and redefine the frontiers of the possible.

“In ARO Year in Review, we celebrate and reflect on what we have achieved together with our extramural community and the most promising scientific opportunities across all our 11 foundational research competencies that will generate new capabilities and protections for our Soldiers,” Halpern said.

The report includes more than 85 examples of outstanding science funded by ARL and articles by ARL senior scientists. Each success story details the scientific challenge in basic research, the results, way ahead and its impact on the 11 competencies. The book also summarizes ARO’s basic research funding sources and program proposal activities.

In fiscal 2022, ARO funded projects that developed a new class of programmable optical surfaces, researched decision-making and planning in dynamic physical environment, demonstrated a method that uses deep learning to massively speed up the design of radio frequency chips for next-generation wireless systems, produced the first acoustic fabric that can detect sound sources, and created an optical clock. These research efforts, supported by ARL, will enable crucial future Army technologies and capabilities.

The report also includes a summary of all ARO Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives that were active in fiscal 2022. The MURI program is a tri-service DOD program that supports research teams whose research efforts intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline and work together to develop disruptive solutions to some of the most promising scientific challenges. ARO represents the Army's portion of the MURI program.

“By engaging with the extramural community, we meet people who have new ideas, invest in those ideas, and create new capabilities for the Army,” Halpern wrote in the book’s Message from the Director, “The value we place on these partnerships can never be overstated. Together, we must continue to adapt, identify, and pursue opportunities to generate and protect the most promising scientific discoveries that will operationalize science for transformational overmatch so that we can continue to do what we’ve done for more than 70 years, bring science to the Soldier.”

Learn more in ARO Year in Review 2022.

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As the Army's foundational research laboratory, ARL is operationalizing science to achieve transformational overmatch. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, DEVCOM leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more successful at winning the nation’s wars and come home safely. DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. DEVCOM is a major subordinate command of the Army Futures Command.