In an effort expedite critical defense technologies, Eric K. Fanning, the Secretary of the Army, has launched the Rapid Capabilities Office, Kit Up reported. The new department offers rapid prototyping to better address the needs of commanders.
Initially, the Office will focus on capabilities in electronic warfare and cybersecurity as well as navigation and timing. Fanning believes the new office will enable the U.S. military to advance dominance and confront emerging threats. The Office expects to impact military operations within one to five years.
Ultimately the Office intends to expand the solutions-capacity of chosen commanders in select operations. This differs from the Army Rapid Equipping Force, which works more broadly with forward-deployed units.
As Secretary of the Army, Fanning will head the board of directors while Doug Wiltsie, the Office’s director, leads daily operations. Wiltsie has an extensive background leading systems engineering operations for the Army. The office plans to collaborate with prominent warfighters throughout the prototyping process.
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