BCDC eNewsletter – June Edition
I’m humbled to serve as the first George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) Executive Director and to lead this comprehensive research ecosystem, which is unlike any other in the nation. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but already exciting things are happening at the BCDC. Innovation never sleeps, and that is abundantly clear in Aggieland — and on the RELLIS Campus — as you will soon discover in this first edition of our monthly newsletter.
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Thank you for taking the time to read about the exciting things happening at BCDC — I am honored to work with you!
Ross T. Guieb
BCDC Executive Director
The BCDC will be a living laboratory to address some of the Army’s most pressing challenges — an ecosystem of applied research, development, testing and evaluation for national security innovation that helps ensure future battlefield readiness. 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.
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.
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.
Thank you to Dr. Banks and Dr. Hurtado, who were key in establishing BCDC, and thank you to Dr. Currie-Gregg for providing your insight, leadership and wisdom that will allow us to maintain the momentum needed to perform the mission. We look forward to working with all of you in your new roles as we work together to secure America’s tomorrows, today.
The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex’s Innovation Proving Ground team welcomed their first customer – DEVCOM’s Ground Vehicles Systems Center – to the testing sites on the RELLIS Campus.
This special edition of the Texas A&M Engineer features the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex and our innovative research. The magazine is published by the Engineering Communications department within the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and TEES.
The Research Integration Center (RIC) will be a state-of-the-art innovation hub where researchers, students, industry, government and the military can collaborate to create emerging technologies that will modernize the Army.
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.
Hypersonics and directed-energy research will be conducted in the one-of-a-kind Ballistic, Aero-optics, and Materials (BAM) Test Range. BAM will feature an above-ground tunnel that is one-kilometer long and two meters in diameter, as well as integrated sensors.
The Technology Innovation and Modernization Catalyst supports management and transfer of intellectual property to industry for commercial applications. Innovators have access to high-tech BCDC partners from the U.S. Army, the defense industry and the staff of Texas A&M.
The Research Integration Center headquarters for the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex, is almost complete! It will be complete and fully operational in August 2021.
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