Army’s new Rapid Capability Office targets Christmas for first deliverables

The new acquisition organization the Army established less than a year ago to quickly close gaps in warfighting capabilities could start delivering its first products to the field in time for Christmas.

When the service’s top leaders stood up the Rapid Capabilities Office, they directed it to begin with three focus areas in which they fear the Army is at risk of being outmatched by “near-peer” adversaries: cyber, electronic warfare, and assured positioning and timing.

By the end of the year, the RCO hopes to have reached a fielding decision for new electronic warfare capabilities to be deployed to units in Europe, and shortly thereafter, will start examining commanders’ specific EW requirements on the Korean peninsula. Then, next summer, the office will begin operational assessments on position, navigation and timing systems that are hoped to be more reliable and survivable than today’s GPS equipment.

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