Army researcher Dr. Jean Vettel (left) explains how her team is using neuroscience to understand and enhance manned-unmanned teaming during a brief to Maj. Gen. Jim Richardson Aug. 23, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Richardson is director of Program Innovation and Integration for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

Director of Program Innovation and Integration visits laboratory

U.S. Army Research Laboratory officials welcomed the director of Program Innovation and Integration for a morning of briefings and meetings with scientists and engineers.

Maj. Gen. Jim Richardson, a master Army aviator and attack helicopter pilot, is the former commanding general of the Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

“We perform the foundational research with emphasis on unique Army problems,” Dr. Philip Perconti, acting ARL director, briefed Richardson. “What we do informs Army investments for future warfighting capabilities.”
U.S. Army Research Laboratory acting Director Dr. Philip Perconti (right) answers questions about the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle from Maj. Gen. Jim Richardson Aug. 23, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Richardson is director of Program Innovation and Integration for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

During demonstrations, researchers explained how understanding and studying neuroscience is helping to raise the effectiveness of machine learning. The general watched as a team of humans worked with a computer algorithm to identify potential threats in images.

Richardson also learned how Army researchers are advancing material science to enhance Soldier protection efforts.

Engineers showed laboratory research into the “hoverbike,” a rectangular shaped quadcopter that has since been named the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV.

Maj. Gen. Jim Richardson visits the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Aug. 23, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Richardson is director of Program Innovation and Integration for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.
“Anywhere on the battlefield, Soldiers can potentially get resupplied in less than 30 minutes,” said Army researcher Tim Vong. “We’re working with users in the joint community to look at this concept.

Richardson said he is interested in looking to maintain the Army’s superiority into the far future.

“We understand your value,” Richardson told his briefers.

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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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