Director of Program Innovation and Integration visits Army Research Laboratory

Army researcher Dr. Jean Vettel (left) explains how her team is using neuroscience to understand and enhance mannedunmanned 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. // U.S. Army photo by David McNally, ARL
By DAVIS MCNALLYU.S. Army Research Laboratory

U.S. Army Research Laboratory officials recently 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. | U.S. Army photo by David McNally, ARL
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. | U.S. Army photo by David McNally, ARL

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.

“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.