Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2018 Contents Protection: Weapons need protection
against an enemy who will be ghting
back. Kinetic, directed electromagnetic
and electronic mitigation of a peer
adversary is part of the solution. To ght
in the future battlespace requires the
assessment of an unpredictable enemy,
but one who has similar peer technol-
ogy. Our systems must be able also to
attack and defeat their systems, which
are also increasingly electronically com-
plex, highly maneuverable and guided
by autonomous programs.
As our weapons head to the target, the
enemy will be ghting back. Our weap-
ons will have to perform very fast evasive
maneuvers and generate their own force
eld or "cloaking-device," because the
enemy will be defending its site with anti-
aircraft or anti-artillery-type defenses.
ese are all extremely hard science
Crippling blows of the future will rely on
a small number of dispersed entities to
deliver over whelming kinetic and non-
kinetic e ects by combining omni-speed,
radical maneuverability and navigation
in contested environments and e cient
payload-kill mechanisms. Omni-speed
and radical maneuverability depend
on long-range advances in propellants
and aerodynamics so that a weapon can
maneuver and change course based on
a commander's guidance. Navigation
of teams of projectiles will require each
round to be able to communicate with
the collaborative munitions on the team
while on the path to the target.
rough the fundamental research
program at ARL, scientists dig into prob-
lems and move beyond the least likely
approaches, in search of the one or two
solutions that advance the technology
through the Army's research and devel-
opment engineering centers.
e bene t of the Distributed and
Cooperative Engagements in Contested
Environments research is e ects that can
be deployed either mounted on a vehicle
or carried by dismounted Soldiers--- con-
sistent value regardless of what munitions
it takes to deliver a desired outcome.
Such future engagements will involve
cooperation among munitions on the
attack path and communication with
war ghters, who will continue to retain
ultimate control. ese highly intelligent
weapons will combine e ects and mecha-
nisms, maneuver and make high-speed
All these e orts underway in ARL's
research program combine electronics,
energetics, propulsion, navigation and
other technologies to cooperate in the
battle eld of the future, and provide
technology to the war ghter on the line
and on time.
For more information, contact Frank
Fresconi at frank.e.fresconi.civ@mail.
mil; Scott Schoenfeld at scott.e.schoenfeld.
email@example.com; or Dan Rusin at
DR. FR ANK FRESCONI is the research
lead for guided weapons technology at
ARL. He leads a multidisciplinary group
in applying experimental, numerical and
theoretical tools to enable guided weapons.
is research has produced contributions
to the state of the art, including the rst
successful guided ight of indirect re. He
holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in mechanical
engineering from the University of
Delaware and a B.S. in mechanical
engineering from Bucknell University. He
is a member of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics.
DR. SCOTT SCHOENFELD is the senior
scientist for the Lethality and Protection
Sciences Campaign at ARL. He is responsi-
ble for planning, direction and oversight of
theoretical and applied research and devel-
opment of programs associated with ballistics,
terminal e ects, mechanics, directed energy
and computational science and engineering.
He holds a Ph.D. in applied mechanics, an
M.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S.
in structural engineering, all from the Uni-
versity of California, San Diego.
DAN RUSIN, LT. COL., USA (RET.),
serves as the U.S. Army Research, Develop-
ment and Engineering Command lethality
portfolio sta integrator, where he monitors
lethality portfolio investments. He holds an
M.S. in computer science from the Naval
Postgraduate School and a B.S. in mechan-
ical engineering technology from Temple
University. He is Level III certi ed in pro-
gram management, in test and evaluation
and in science and technology management.
ARL is developing the technologies to fit a set of
tools that will be smarter, more aware, connected
and autonomously collaborative.
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