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Doug Wiltsie: Army Rapid Capabilities Office to Expand Operations

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Douglas Wiltsie

The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities Office plans to expand its scope of operations beyond the current cyber, electronic warfare and assured position, navigation and timing focus areas, Army Times reported Wednesday.

Doug Wiltsie, director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, told Army Times that the office will look to focus on three additional areas which cover the simplification of devices, the use of unmanned aerial vehicle swarm technology and reconnaissance support for the service branch.

The RCO started to build EW and PNT technologies in July as part of efforts to prepare the Army for potential mission challenges.

The report noted that the RCO’s first priority was to deliver an EW capacity to Europe in a move to address recent Russian developments.

“The focus for the long term is getting at threat agility … we all understand that the threats today are not only near-peer but all of the threats are using electronic warfare, using spectrum-based effects,” said Mark Kitz, director of the system of systems engineering team at Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.