Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has visited the Army Research Laboratory to inspect technologies that support the Defense Department‘s Third Offset Strategy.
The U.S. Army said Wednesday ARL scientists and engineers demonstrated projects in robotics, miniaturization and manufacturing that are designed to aid the U.S. military’s capacity against adversaries.
“Our mission is to organize, train and equip a joint force that is ready for war and that is operated forward to preserve the peace,” said Work.
Work observed a robot that is designed to explore terrain in real time and team with a human operator to aid soldiers’ situational awareness in future operations, the Army said.
Engineers also showcased additive manufacturing or three-dimensional printing equipment that work to print metals, ceramics, polymers and glass through one machine, according to ARL additive manufacturing head LJ Holmes.
Holmes added the 3D printing equipment could be used to create parts of truck suspension or a ceramic body armor in the future.
Army scientist Jean Vettel’s team presented their machine learning project that aims to capture data from human brains then design individualized technologies through neuroscience.
Work also inspected the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle — a quadcopter that works to carry 300 pounds of cargo within a 10-mile range.
Scientists and engineers further demonstrated technologies in various areas such as active armor protection and materials sciences, the service branch noted.