2009-2010 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board

The cost of the military examine Laboratory Technical overview Board (ARLTAB) is to supply biannual checks of the medical and technical caliber of the study, improvement, and research courses on the military learn Laboratory (ARL). the recommendation supplied during this document makes a speciality of technical instead of programmatic concerns. The Board is assisted via six nationwide study Council (NRC) panels, every one of which makes a speciality of the section of the ARL software performed through one in every of ARL's six directorates. while asked to take action by means of ARL, the Board additionally examines paintings that cuts around the directorates. The Board has been acting tests of ARL given that 1996. the present document summarizes its discovering for the 2009-2010 interval, within which ninety six volunteer specialists in fields of technological know-how and engineering participated within the following actions: traveling ARL every year, receiving formal shows of technical paintings, interpreting amenities, accomplishing technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. The Board remains to be inspired by way of the general caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings and applauds ARL for its transparent, passionate trouble for the tip consumer of its technology--the soldier within the field--and for ARL's established mindfulness of the significance of transitioning know-how to help rapid and longer-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering neighborhood. in most cases, ARL is operating rather well inside a suitable examine and improvement (R&D) area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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This flexibility is especially important when using the IMPRINT tool to assess proposed major changes in equipment design, such as determining the appropriate number of crew members required to operate a new vehicle in a variety of operational scenarios. S. Air Force Human Systems Integration module, and the Multimodal Information Design Support module. , in Iraq) and communicate to ARL equipment needs expressed by the soldiers. The FAST Program contributes significantly to what soldiers, commanders, and military units deployed in the field really need—a two-way conversation with the Army’s research and development (R&D) laboratories to enact quick fixes in the field and to help identify what new systems and technologies will be important for future battles.

Given this limitation, in its previous report ARLTAB recommended that such resources as were available be focused on encouraging and developing an HPC capability in a much broader fashion than currently exists throughout ARL, and on developing software that ARL can take advantage of in future petaflops systems. In this 2009-2010 period, AC&CSD has made some significant strides in doing so. In terms of producing HPC applications, the division has focused on developing a research portfolio that emphasizes applications that clearly cross divisional boundaries, such as support for lightweight combat systems and computational nanoscience and biological science.

This is an excellent problem, with direct application to a number of Army problems. However, there is a potential challenge related to how this research might transition to a relevant deployable system: What aspects of IMU-driven navigation would be improved (and by how much)? What kind of processing needs to be onboard the platform to be usable in a real-time setting? What are the lower-level details of the filters assumed? Challenges in System Engineering As noted in prior ARLTAB reports, it remains a significant challenge across CISD to ensure that even in relatively basic research programs a good understanding is formed about how potential systems that might be developed out of such research might be deployed and used in real Army scenarios.

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