Bush Combat Development Complex receives $96.2M Army research contract

The Texas A&M University System News Release

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — On Sept. 30, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) transitioned from the $65 million cooperative agreement awarded in 2019 to an up to $96.2 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Army for its George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) to continue research and technology development in support of critical military modernization priorities through 2026.

The contract proposal, titled “High-Impact Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation,” is focused on continued innovation in five technology areas:

  1. Laser Diagnostics for Hypersonics and Directed Energy
  2. Rapid Design of Hypersonic Vehicles
  3. Materials for Extreme Environments
  4. Coordinated Air-Ground Vehicle Maneuvering
  5. Resilient Real-time Network Architectures for Autonomous Vehicle Communications

The contract agreement between the Army and TEES authorizes up to $96.2 million in research expenditures and allows for research efforts that may also be of interest to other government agencies/organizations.
The approach for research conducted by subject matter experts at BCDC supports multi-disciplinary engineering research, coupled with The Texas A&M University System’s cutting-edge facilities at its RELLIS Campus, and demonstrates how TEES is proving itself as a committed partner in military modernization efforts.

“Over the past two years, our strategic partnership with Army Futures Command has proven valuable as we work together on solutions for Army modernization research priorities,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, Texas A&M University president and vice chancellor for national security initiatives. “Our vision for BCDC has become a reality and we are proud to collaborate with the Army to protect our nation, both now and into the future.”

TEES established BCDC in 2019 through a three-part investment of more than $200 million between the Army Futures Command, with $65 million for research and research equipment; the Texas Legislature, with $50 million for instrumentation of a test-bed known as the Innovation Proving Ground (IPG) as well as a Ballistic-Aero optic and Materials (BAM) hypersonic test-range; and the Texas A&M System, for capital construction of a facility known as the Research Integration Center.

The Research Integration Center, commonly known as the RIC, serves as the headquarters for BCDC and as a research facility primarily designed for developing and evaluating autonomous systems. The RIC was completed last month (within two years of its groundbreaking). Construction is well underway for the IPG (to be fully operational by fall 2022) and an initial stage of the BAM (to be complete by spring 2023). Together, this ecosystem of researchers and facilities is becoming one of the top state-of-the-art national security-related research and testing organizations in the U.S.

“We are pleased with the confidence that Army shows in the Texas A&M System,” Chancellor John Sharp said. “This contract illustrates that we are well on the way to deliver a world-class testing complex, which will accelerate military innovation for generations to come.”

Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17) applauded the new contract. “I am proud of Chancellor Sharp and President Banks for working with the Department of Defense to bring these federal dollars home to develop hypersonic systems and networked autonomous vehicles for the U.S. Army at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan,” Sessions said. “I am fully supportive as the university expands its capacity to provide our U.S. military with important technologies that also will boost industrial and economic development here in the 17th Congressional District of Texas.”

Points of Contact:
BCDC Patrick Seiber
Public Relations Director
pseiber@tamu.edu
(979) 317-1310 (o)
(979) 255-8981 (m)

TEES Amy Halbert
Assistant Director of Communications
ahalbert@tamu.edu
(979) 458-4243 (o)

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $9.6 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
 
Contact: Mike Reilly
Office of Marketing Communications
Texas A&M University System
mreilly@tamus.edu
Office: 979-458-6492
Cell: 402-679-0456

Texas A&M System’s TV Show Premieres in State’s Biggest Markets

The Texas A&M University System News Release

New Episodes of “Around Texas With Chancellor John Sharp” Begin This Week

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The TV show Around Texas With Chancellor John Sharp is going statewide.

The second season of the show that features the leader of The Texas A&M University System will be broadcast in the largest markets in Texas – and some of the smaller ones, too – beginning this month.

The show will be aired on commercial stations in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. It can also be seen on PBS affiliates in the markets of Bryan-College Station, Waco, Corpus Christi and Amarillo.

“More Texans than ever will get a chance to see our show and meet the people of the Texas A&M System,” Chancellor Sharp said. “The stories of these remarkable folks are sure to inspire viewers, make them laugh and warm their hearts.”

Each of the 12 episodes of Around Texas With Chancellor John Sharp runs about 30 minutes and includes two segments and two in-studio interviews conducted by Chancellor Sharp.

Season Two of the show will feature several segments including those on: Harley-riding police officers; a research facility in Kingsville that contains hundreds of venomous snakes; the story of how one of the service dogs of Texas A&M Task Force One was discovered at an animal shelter; and much more.

Listings and full episodes also will be available to stream online at www.sharparoundtexas.com.

Statewide Broadcast Schedule for “Around Texas With Chancellor John Sharp”

Bryan/College Station

Thursdays @ 7 p.m.

KAMU

Waco

Thursdays @ 7 p.m.

KAMU

San Antonio

Saturdays @ 5 a.m.

WAOI

Austin

Saturdays @ 5 a.m.

Fox 7

Dallas-Fort Worth

Saturdays @ 5 a.m.

WFAA

Houston

Saturdays @ 5 a.m.

KTRK

Corpus Christi

Sundays @ 1 p.m.

KEDT

Rio Grande Valley

Sundays @ 11:30 a.m.

KRGV 5.1

Somos El Valle

Saturdays @ 3:30 p.m.

KRGV 5.3

Panhandle PBS

Sundays @ 4:30 p.m.

KACV

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $9.6 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(979) 458-6425
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu