Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and personnel from the U.S. Army Futures Command gathered in Austin on Wednesday morning to announce a five-year, $65 million agreement for A&M System-based tech research that will support the Army’s efforts to modernize its fighting forces and capabilities.
The announcement comes on the heels of the late summer news that the RELLIS Campus in Bryan will host a $130 million combat development complex and research innovation center. In May, the Futures Command hosted, at RELLIS, a series of demonstrations of existing technology and equipment, including autonomous combat vehicles and other devices.
According to an A&M System press release, the agreement between Army Futures Command and the Texas A&M System tasks researchers to focus on several key areas.
“Specifically, the research will address hypersonic and laser weaponry; materials for withstanding hypervelocity blasts; coordinated maneuvering of air and ground vehicles; and resilient computer networks for autonomous vehicles to share up-to-the-moment battlefield information,” the release states.
“Our country’s military readiness depends on innovation, and the Army Futures Command is on the front line of that fight,” Cornyn said in a press release. “This partnership with the Texas A&M University System will ensure we have the best and the brightest working to address rapidly evolving threats and maintain our strategic advantage around the world.”
Cornyn and Sharp spoke alongside Gen. John “Mike” Murray on Wednesday. Murray said that the Army Futures Command is fully operational, with 24,000 civilians and soldiers working in 25 U.S. states and more than a dozen countries.
Murray added Wednesday that Army Futures Command looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the A&M System and other partners in Texas.
“The work conducted at the TAMUS RELLIS Campus in the coming years will directly impact our soldiers’ readiness, equipment, and capabilities,” he said.
“We are proud that Army Futures Command has chosen to work with us on their important mission,” Sharp said Wednesday.