Army seeks concepts for soldier systems initiative

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski / November 14, 2018 at 4:33 PM

The Army is seeking white papers from industry on current technologies and research as part of its upcoming Digital Soldier initiative industry day.

Digital Soldier, formerly known as the Asymmetric Vision/Decide Faster initiative, aims to procure new wearable or handheld systems from non-traditional contractors.

The meeting will be hosted at Ft. Belvoir, VA, on Jan. 16 and 17.

For this meeting, the service intends to focus on sensors, automatic target recognition, augmented reality, GPS-denied soldier positioning navigation and timing and autonomy for small unmanned aircraft systems, according to a Nov. 7 Federal Business opportunities notice.

The Army is mainly interested in sensors that are small, affordable, low-power and soldier-borne thermal/low light or those that track human performance.

The service is also looking at how it can apply UAS autonomy to “complex, congested/contested, communication degraded/denied environments while enabling the mounted and/or dismounted small unit to maintain situational awareness and understanding,” according to the notice.

One of the other goals of this meeting is to provide updates to both government and industry on what both have achieved since the previous Digital Soldier industry days in March.

The deadline for vendors to submit white papers is Dec. 12.