The Army's Top Ten Greatest Inventions

Wednesday June 11, 2008

The Army's Greatest Inventions are the annual Soldier choice awards. The vice chief of staff of the Army serves as the AGI program's final selection approval authority. AGI nominations are submitted from across the Army laboratory community and must have been first fielded within calendar year 2007 to be accepted for the competition and Soldier evaluation.

What is it?

The Army-wide awards program is dedicated to recognizing the best technology solutions for the Soldier.

Winners are selected based upon their impact on Army capabilities (breath of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness and potential benefit outside the Army.

Why are the inventions important to the Army?

The Army recognizes the need for new technological ideas and systems to help fight international terrorism. To encourage and reward those fighting the war from research labs throughout the Army, the Army Materiel Command initiated an annual Army-wide program to recognize the Army's Greatest Inventions for each calendar year.

The 2007 U.S. Army Greatest Inventions Program selections are:

* Damage Control Resuscitation of Severely Injured Soldiers
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

* Unmanned Aircraft System Shadow 200 Communications Relay System
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center

* Reconnaissance Vehicle System
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center

* Objective Gunner Protection Kit
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

* XM982 Excalibur Precision Guided Extended Range Artillery Projectile
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

* M110 7.62mm Semi-Automatic Sniper System
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

* Picatinny Blast Shield for Light Armored Vehicle
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center

* Self Protective Adaptive Roller Kit
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center

* HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center

* Improvised Explosive Device Interrogation Arm
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center

For a description of each invention visit the: REDECOM Web site

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Army's Greatest Inventions program highlights those outstanding winning technologies selected by the warfighter that meet Army goals, enhance esprit de corps across the research and development and warfighter communities and promote public awareness of Army R&D community successes in support of the warfighter."

- Gen. Benjamin Griffin, commander, Army Materiel Command.

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