George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex
The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus is the site of the comprehensive George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) – a comprehensive ecosystem unlike any other in the nation. The U.S. Army Futures Command will use the RELLIS Campus in Bryan, Texas, as its central hub where the newest and most innovative ideas for modernizing the Army are tested and evaluated. The aim is to shorten the time it takes to get emerging technologies from the lab to the field and maximize technology capabilities through soldier and stakeholder feedback.
The BCDC is a living laboratory to address some of the Army’s most pressing challenges. Through its partnership, the Texas A&M University System and Army Futures Command will be able to quickly evaluate prototypes that can be tested by soldiers in a real-world environment at this unique campus.
The BCDC will be an ecosystem of national-level expertise and cutting-edge facilities that enable applied research, development, testing and evaluation in critical technologies of particular importance to the Department of Defense. BCDC will lead a collaboration of university researchers, industry, and government laboratories, providing dedicated, highly accessible research facilities and workspaces to accelerate the development, integration, and transfer of technology to revolutionize defense capabilities.
A Texas A&M University System activity, administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Bush Combat Development Complex employs world-class researchers in a secure ecosystem of state-of-the-art facilities to expand the field of knowledge and develop innovative technology in support of the Department of Defense, other government agencies, and the defense industrial base.
Innovation Proving Ground (IPG)
The Innovation Proving Ground (IPG) will provide a challenging outdoor test site for autonomous aerial, ground and subterranean vehicles. The systems involved are highly complex, involving networks and sensors and innovative operating systems.
Research Integration Center (RIC)
The Research Integration Center (RIC) is a state-of-the-art innovation hub where researchers, students, industry, government and the military collaborate to create emerging technologies that will modernize the Army.
Ballistic, Aero-optics, and Materials (BAM) Test Range
Hypersonics and directed energy research will be conducted in the one-of-a-kind Ballistic, Aero-optics, and Materials (BAM) facility. BAM will feature an above-ground tunnel that is one-kilometer long and two meters in diameter, as well as integrated sensors.
Technology Innovation and Modernization Catalyst (TIMC)
The Technology Innovation and Modernization Catalyst (TIMC) supports management and transfer of intellectual property and technology to industry for commercial applications.