The Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office is barely a month old, but Army leaders already have a strong idea of what they want the new organization to pursue. Early priorities are electronic warfare, cyber, and position, navigation and timing. Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, the office’s deputy director for operations, joined Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin at this week’s Association of the U.S. Army conference here in Washington with a preview of some of the work ahead.
The Army’s quick response acquisition shop is beginning to field technologies.
The Army’s RCO plans to deploy new electronic warfare systems in Europe, then Korea. A more reliable version of GPS is next on its list.
The Air Force is creating a blanket charter based on its RCO that will help acquisition programs move faster.
Other Transaction Authority contracts are gaining popularity in the Pentagon and military services.
The Army is giving soldiers electronic warfare weapons to fight near-peer competitors.
Rapid Capabilities Office Director Douglas Wiltsie and Col. Marty Hagenston discuss how the Army procured the electronic warfare weapons quickly.
The Air Force is making some of the authorities in its rapid capabilities office usable on a broader scale.