The lunch highlighted the history of Veterans Day, including its origin as Armistice Day, as well as more modern examples of valor on the battlefield. Attendees shared stories of surviving Medal of Honor recipients whose feats of courage and fortitude exemplify the fighting and, in some cases lifesaving capabilities of military service members.
The Army’s Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium aims to accelerate the advancement of noninvasive hemorrhage detection technology. According to the MTEC, hemorrhage, or life-threatening blood loss, has accounted for more than 33% of prehospital deaths and 50% of deaths occurring within 24 hours after a traumatic injury.
On-orbit transfer and maneuvering capabilities also could potentially enable future national security satellites to avoid debris or anti-satellite weapons, or underpin space weapons development.
Four military installations, yet to be named, will host experiments in VR training, tracking supplies in “smart warehouses,” and – most importantly – sharing scarce spectrum.
The Aviation & Missile Technology Consortium, an entity hosted by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, has had a resoundingly successful first year.
Perhaps the best example of SMC’s rapid prototyping approach is the Space Enterprise Consortium, or SpEC. Established in 2017 through an other transaction authority, or OTA, SpEC is comprised of 325 members who can apply to build space-related prototypes.
“It’s been exciting to watch the use of OTAs grow and expand at USAMRDC over the past few years,” said Sara Langdon, the command’s program manager (PM) for other-transactions with the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium. “The flexibility has allowed for awards that involve complex collaborations with multiple companies and government laboratories, in addition to several acquisition programs.”
“Focused efforts on safety provide soldiers with equipment that better protects them, meaning more soldiers come home with less long-term health problems.”
The Army, by way of an Aviation and Missile Technology Consortium Other Transaction Authority, recently issued a request for proposals for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction effort.
The consortium currently has 325 members, a mix of traditional defense contractors, startups and purely commercial space firms. To date SpEC has awarded 54 prototype contracts in 16 different project areas worth about $312 million.