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Army Launches xTechSearch 3.0 in Continued Effort to Drive Innovation

Dept. of Defense

The U.S. Army launched its third cohort of the expeditionary technology search competition—known as xTechSearch 3.0—as a catalyst to engage with the non-defense traditional small business sector, and to drive American innovation for Army challenges and spur economic growth.

xTechSearch 3.0 continues its highly successful trajectory after its initial launch in 2017 when several hundred companies nationwide participated in the competition. The competition continues the forward-leaning initiative to attract game-changing innovation to the Army by leveraging a competition where companies pitch novel technology solutions directly to Army leadership.

The grand prize winner of the first competition, Adranos, Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated company out of West Lafayette, Indiana, took the top prize for its high-performance, clean solid propellant for long-range missile and space launch systems at the Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama, in March 2019.

"The Army's xTechSearch competition set forth relatively broad goals and allowed companies to propose solutions to accomplish those goals," said Chris Stoker, CEO and co-founder of Adranos with Dr. Brandon Terry, chief technology officer. "This approach was ideal for us because funding opportunities that fit our specific solution were difficult to find. In addition, we were astonished at how quickly the Army progressed through all four phases of the competition. It enabled us to accelerate the development of our products so that we can implement them sooner than we would have been able to otherwise."

xTechSearch 3.0 seeks novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to advance capabilities across multiple technology areas to include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, The Army Network, Air and Missile Defense, Increasing Soldier Lethality, Medical Technologies, and Military Engineering Technologies.

The competition will host outreach events across the country leveraging the Army's Open Campus network to engage with American innovators and spur the development of leap-ahead technologies for the Army of the Future. The Army will provide cash prizes to companies to demonstrate proof of concept for their technology in an Army-relevant challenge area.

To apply for xTechSearch, click on this link. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 12, 2019. For additional information about the program, visit challenge.gov.

To view the original press release, visit https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?article=3437.

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