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Research Operations : Partnerships


West Point faculty partner with forward deployed units, DOD research organizations, academia and industry to do research on real world problems and bring difficult projects to the classroom. Because West Point is a government organization, a number of options have been established by law and by regulation to support research at West Point. Our first step in partnering with government, academic or industry scientists is establishing Memoranda of Agreement or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements. Donors interested in facilitating research capacity are invited to contact the West Point Association of Graduates.

Army Material Command has partnered with West Point to overhaul how Cadets select Academic Individual Advanced Development (internship) opportunities. The beta test system is available to view by military CAC card holders by clicking on the map to the right. Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Material Command, Teresa Gerton, envisions this site as the first step in a significant expansion of cadet opportunities to serve in AMC during one of the summer breaks.

A manuscript co-authored by Prof. Michael Butkus, Prof. Michael Labare, Department of Chemistry & Life Sciences colleagues at Cornell University, and a colleague at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service on inactivation of Ascaris suum by short-chain fatty acids has been accepted by the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. An objective of this work is to develop a method for decontaminating equipment following a biological attack.

West Point and Raytheon have partnered through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The goal is to better understand the nature of Insider Threats within US Army operational environments. This project partners the strategic, operational, and tactical expertise of USMA, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science faculty and cadets with technology experts at Raytheon in order to identify useful and technologically tractable application areas.

Systems Engineering Cadets Young and George assist PEO Soldier in identifying potential gaps in the current Nett Warrior design. The cadets traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington with their capstone advisor to conduct stakeholder analysis with Soldiers and support contractors who have recent combat experience with PEO Soldier’s Nett Warrior (formerly Land Warrior) dismounted soldier system. Nett Warrior “integrates mature commercial electronic technologies and government furnished equipment such as secure communications to provide improved situational awareness and network connectivity capabilities at various echelon levels within a brigade combat team while minimizing the size, weight and power impacts to the Soldier” (TACOM Executive Summary, 2010). The system has been deployed with BCTs in OIF and OEF, and is due to deploy again later this year.