The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Center (BCDC) at The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus will encompass three main components with unique capabilities – the Research Integration Center (RIC), the Innovation Proving Ground (IPG) and the Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials Test Range (BAM).
All of BCDC’s unique components and capabilities will all come together at the RIC, which will act as the intellectual hub for all testing and research conducted at the complex.
This three-story facility will be for innovation, where researchers and other experts from industry, government, academia and the military gather to collaborate on emerging technologies. The facility is where data will be collected, stored and curated for real-time and after-action analyses with a command center to direct, observe and evaluate the testing underway anywhere in the BCDC in real time. The RIC will have offices for research teams, space for U.S. military personnel, laboratories, a machine shop, high-tech makerspaces for product development and more.
This facility will act as the BCDC headquarters on the RELLIS Campus, and house a wall-sized display of video feeds, thermal imagery, data streams, analytics and map overlays of whatever is being tested. This visual presentation can speed test insights and help identify testing articles or experimentation design changes. Specialists will manage the collection, storage, analysis and sharing of data with the military and others. Another group of experts will evaluate the cybersecurity resilience of everything being tested.
The heart of the facility will be a command center to direct, observe and evaluate the testing underway anywhere in the BCDC in real time. The RIC will have offices for research teams and include U.S. Army personnel, laboratories, a machine shop and high-tech makerspaces for product development.
The RIC will ensure that testing at the BCDC is comparable and shareable with testing at other U.S. facilities, and also allows the BCDC to participate in testing at other facilities.
BCDC’s RIC is more than 50% constructed on RELLIS’s expansive campus, but will be complete and fully operational August 2021.