Army rapid development office holding open house

May 21, 2019 at 3:08 PM

The Army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office is holding an industry open house June 12 to introduce its new leadership and focus.

The office will discuss "the Army's planned time line, structure and opportunities in developing a hypersonic prototype, new directed energy capabilities, and space technologies," a May 20 Federal Business Opportunities notice states.

The RCCTO, formerly called the Rapid Capabilities Office, now has a new director, Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, who previously served as director for test at the Missile Defense Agency.

Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette late last year redesignated the office to focus on "the most strategic, highest-priority projects," according to its former acting director, Col. John Eggert.

Among those projects is the Army's new hypersonic weapon (the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon), which the service wants to start fielding in fiscal year 2023.