U.S. DoD Establishes Joint Hypersonics Transition Office at NSWC Crane

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U.S. DoD press release

Through this part­ner­ship, locat­ed in Crane, Indiana, the Department can lever­age the grow­ing suite of gov­ern­ment, indus­try, and aca­d­e­m­ic lead­ers asso­ci­at­ed with NSWC Crane. Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Dr. Mark Lewis, and JHTO Director, Dr. Gillian Bussey, announced the JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity open­ing in a vir­tu­al ribbon-cut­ting cer­e­mo­ny on October 15th with Governor Eric Holcomb.

“The JHTO and its Systems Engineering Field Activity present a sig­na­ture oppor­tu­ni­ty for the Department. Leveraging the capa­bil­i­ties at NSWC Crane, we can not only devel­op effec­tive hyper­son­ic tech­nolo­gies, but we can also devel­op them afford­ably at the speed of rel­e­vance to our warfight­ers. Proactive engi­neer­ing for afford­able upgrades is crit­i­cal to the long-term sus­tain­abil­i­ty of these sys­tems,”

Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Dr. Mark Lewis

NSWC Crane has pre­vi­ous­ly received recent DoD hyper­son­ics awards to advance test­ing, ver­i­fi­ca­tion and val­i­da­tion capa­bil­i­ties. This includes $150 mil­lion in unique capa­bil­i­ties such as an under­wa­ter launch test com­plex, a mis­sile tech­nol­o­gy eval­u­a­tion facil­i­ty, an inte­grat­ed Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) / Software-in-the-Loop (SWIL) test bed, and a Modeling & Simulation lab. More than three hun­dred people at Crane are work­ing to advance hyper­son­ic tech­nolo­gies and the enabling capa­bil­i­ties to make them pos­si­ble.

“NSWC Crane has become a crit­i­cal hub in the hyper­son­ics devel­op­ment ecosys­tem. This excit­ing announce­ment is the cul­mi­na­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of many people. The JHTO Field Activity at Crane will allow OSD to lever­age ear­li­er and ongo­ing invest­ments at Crane to help all three Services improve their hyper­son­ic weapons with more rapid, adapt­able, and mod­u­lar upgrades. Indiana and the larger Midwest will have a long-term, crit­i­cal role in this impor­tant nation­al secu­ri­ty mis­sion.”

Rick Davidoff, Acting Director of the JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity.

The JHTO, head­quar­tered at the Pentagon, was estab­lished by Congressional direc­tion and its author­i­ties were renewed in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The JHTO is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing strate­gies and roadmaps to devel­op hyper­son­ic tech­nolo­gies and tran­si­tion them to oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties, for coor­di­nat­ing with for­eign allies and part­ners, and for bol­ster­ing the hyper­son­ics work­force. Additionally, it is estab­lish­ing a uni­ver­si­ty con­sor­tium for applied hyper­son­ics to lever­age the nation’s aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty towards hyper­son­ics-relat­ed research and work­force devel­op­ment. 

The JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity at Crane will per­form detailed engi­neer­ing activ­i­ties to help exe­cute the JHTO’s man­date. The Field Activity will coor­di­nate archi­tec­tures, inter­faces, sched­ules, and plans to tran­si­tion a more mod­u­lar, afford­able, and upgrad­able hyper­son­ics port­fo­lio of capa­bil­i­ties and tech­nolo­gies. The Systems Engineering Field Activity has four engi­neer­ing focus areas: System Architectures and Guidelines, Science & Technology Management, Transition Management, and Modeling and Simulation. The Field Activity will also exe­cute some work­force devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives, includ­ing spon­sored research, cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment, and engage­ments with indus­try to create a grow­ing pipeline of highly tech­ni­cal talent to enter the hyper­son­ics work­force.

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