Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood has assumed command of the Army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, which now includes the service's new hypersonic project office, according to the service.
Thurgood's new role as director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition for the Army includes overseeing development of a new hypersonic weapon the service aims to field at the battery level in fiscal year 2023, according to an Army news release.
The hypersonic project office, previously housed within the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Forces Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL, is tasked with developing the Army's Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon, “a prototype strategic attack weapon system to defeat Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities, suppress adversary Long Range Fires, and engage other high payoff/time sensitive targets,” according to the service's fiscal year 2020 budget request.
“All of my energies are focused on a single outcome, fielding in 2023,” Thurgood said during his promotion ceremony at Redstone Arsenal last week. “Our refocused effort demands our full attention, our full measure of strength, and it requires our leaders to make difficult decisions. But there is no other outcome.”
Thurgood was confirmed by the Senate March 28, earning his third star.
He most recently served as director for test at the Missile Defense Agency and prior to that was the program executive officer for missiles and space.