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Project Information

Project Information


Assessing the Feasibility of the Strategic Long Range Cannon


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will examine the feasibility of the U.S. Army's Strategic Long Range Cannon program, which aims to fire a projectile at hypersonic speeds up to 1,000 miles. The study will pay particular attention to the propellant, projectiles, electromagnetic launch, and the cannon itself. The congressionally requested study was outlined on page 42 of the House Report that accompanied the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
   
The study will identify and evaluate the technology approaches, policies, and concepts of operations of the Strategic Long-Range Cannon (SLRC) program. The study shall include:
(1) An identification and evaluation of attributes of potential peer or near-peer adversaries’ operating environments and concepts that would enhance or reduce the effectiveness of SLRC;
(2) An identification and evaluation of limitations and vulnerabilities of current ground-based capabilities for long-range fires and near-term SLRC capabilities under development as well as existing and proposed countermeasures expected to be employed by presumed adversaries in an MDO 2035 scenario;
  
(3) An identification and evaluation of key and essential technologies needed to achieve documented goals and capabilities of SLRC along with associated technologies required to support manufacturability and sustainability; and
(4) A technology maturation roadmap, including an estimated funding profile over time, needed to achieve an effective operational SLRC that describes both the critical and associated supporting technologies, systems integration, prototyping and experimentation, and test and evaluation.

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-BOARD-20-02

Project Duration (months): 12 month(s)

RSO: Juckett, Sarah

Topic(s):

Conflict and Security Issues



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 09/10/2020

Joseph Anderson - (Co-Chair)
LTG Joseph Anderson is president and CEO of Rafael Systems Global Sustainment LLC (RSGS) and a visionary leader with unparalleled global experience. Following a successful career in the US Army where he commanded Infantry units from company through Corps-level, Joe gained additional business and management experience with Wynnchurch Capital, Beacon Global Strategies, McKinsey & Company, Sequoia Holdings, Dataminr and SOS International. He has a well-earned reputation of driving results and managing complexity while building teams and networks along the way. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Joe also earned a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. Additionally, he attended the Senior Executive Education Course at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the George Washington Library Leadership Institute. Joe’s situational adaptability was evident as he fulfilled military roles that were equivalent to civilian Chief Operating Officer positions. His leadership experience is recognized internationally for honor, merit, service, peacekeeping and defense cooperation. His selfless service continues as a Director for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Patton Veterans Project, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation and TRIBAL App.


Kari D. Anderson - (Co-Chair)
Mrs. Kari Anderson served as the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Architect for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) from 2006 through 2017. The BMDS is an integrated worldwide network of space, ground and ship-based sensors, ground and ship-based interceptors, and a Communications, Command and Control system that is used for the defense of the United States homeland, deployed forces, and friends and allies against the threat of ballistic missiles. In this capacity, she developed the vision for the future architecture for the BMDS, led studies to evaluate and foster new concepts, provided technical oversight for MDA’s special programs, led MDA’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Technical Authority effort, and developed the BMDS Strategic Roadmap. From 1993 to 2006, Ms. Anderson worked at the Office of Naval Research where she served as Deputy Program Manager, then Program Manager responsible for management of research programs prototyping and testing leading edge sensor technologies and transitioning those capabilities into fielded weapon systems. Additionally, Ms. Anderson was responsible for coordinating, developing and recommending export and security policy related to Low Observable and Counter Low Observable technology. From 1990 – 1993 she worked at the Naval Air Systems Command where she served as a systems engineer for the Advanced Air-to-Air Missile (AAAM) Program and as the aircraft integration engineer for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) program. From 1984 – 1990 she worked at the Naval Ordnance Station where she established an internationally recognized facility to demonstrate continuous processing of propellant and explosive formulations from research and design through live process demonstration. Ms. Anderson was selected to the Senior Professional rank in 2006. She received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Senior Professional Award in 2014. Other awards include the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the MDA Director’s Pinnacle Award, and the National Defense Industrial Association’s award for Missile Defense Technology. She retired from federal service in Dec 2017. Ms. Anderson is currently working as a Senior Technical Advisor for Mobius Consulting LLC. She is also serving on the Strategic and Technical Advisory Team for the Missile Defense Agency.



Kaushik Bhattacharya
Dr. Kaushik Bhattacharya is Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Professor of Materials Science as well as the Vice-Provost at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1986, his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and his post-doctoral training at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences during 1991-1993. He joined Caltech in 1993. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University (1988), Heriot-Watt University in Scotland 1992), Max-Planck-Institute at Leipzig (1997-98), Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge (1999), Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore (2001) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2006) and the University of Cambridge (2008-09). His awards include the von Kármán Medal of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2020), Distinguished Alumni Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Minnesota (2018), the Warner T. Koiter Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2015) and the Graduate Student Council Teaching and Mentoring Award at Caltech (2013).


Rodney D. Bowersox
Dr. Rodney D.W. Bowersox is the Associate Dean for Research for DoD and NASA Initiatives and the Ford I Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station TX. His research and teaching are focused on theoretical and experimental hypersonic viscous flows, aerothermochemistry, non-equilibrium gas dynamics, scramjet flows, and facility design. He founded and directs the Texas A&M University National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory (http://nal.tamu.edu). Dr. Bowersox is a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and a DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the AIAA Hypersonic Technologies and Space Planes Program Committee. He is an associate editor for the AIAA Journal and the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.


Iain D. Boyd
Dr. Iain D. Boyd is the H.T. Sears Memorial Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the National Security Initiative. Dr. Boyd worked for four years at NASA Ames Research Center in the areas of aerothermodynamics and space propulsion. He was a faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University for six years. He worked at the University of Michigan for twenty years before moving to Colorado in 2019. His research interests involve the development and application of physical models and computational methods for analysis of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamics processes in aerospace systems. He has authored over 200 journal articles, more than 300 conference papers, and a book entitled Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation. Dr. Boyd is a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has received the 1998 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, and the 2018 AIAA Thermophysics Award. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. Boyd was awarded the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Exceptional Public Service for his leadership role in the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB). He currently serves on the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL): He received a Ph. D. in aeronautics and astronautics (1988) from the University of Southampton in England.


Alison K. Brown
Dr. Alison Brown (NAE) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVSYS Corporation, which she founded in 1986. NAVSYS Corporation specializes in developing next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Mechanics, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering from UCLA, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an M.A. and B.A. in Engineering from Cambridge University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the Institute of Navigation. She previously served as a member on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2016 – 2019 and 1994-2003. She served as a member of the Government-Industry Advisory Panel for Section 813, FY16 NDAA Rights in Technical Data; the 2014-2015, Chair, Region VIII Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board; the Small Business Technology Council; the Mountain States Employer Council; the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); and is a Member of NDIA’s Board of Trustees and Small Business Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Cosmos Club and the GPS World Advisory Board. She has three times chaired the District 13 Rhodes Scholar selection board. Dr. Brown has been selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Colorado’s Celebrate Technology, and as a Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Mile-Hi Council. She has also been appointed as chair of the Region VIII Regulatory Fairness Board of the Small Business Administration for 2014-2015.


George (Rusty) T. Gray, III
Dr. George “Rusty” Gray III (NAE) is a Laboratory Fellow in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL). He received his B.S.(1976) and M.S.(1977) from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He came to LANL following a three-year visiting scholar post at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany after his PhD in Materials Science in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on high-strain-rate and shock deformation. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in the UK where he was on sabbatical in 1998. He co-chaired the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society(APS), a fellow of ASM International(ASM), and a fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society(TMS). He is a member of APS, ASM, TMS, and serves on the Advisory Board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010 he served as the president of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. Starting in 2012 he became the chair of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors which oversees the publication of the journals Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Materialia. He has authored or co-authored over 450 publications. In 2017 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering(NAE). In 2018 he was awarded the Rinehart Award from the European DYMAT Association. In 2019 the American Physical Society awarded him the 2019 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award.


James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Dr. James E. Hubbard Jr. (NAE) is TEEX Eminent Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hubbard began his career as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Marine Engineer with unlimited horsepower ratings in steam and diesel engines. He served in Vietnam in 1970-71 under contract to the Military Sea Transport Service in this capacity. He received his B.S (’77)., M.S. (’78) and Ph.D. (’82) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is presently the TEES Eminent Professor and permanent fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Systems at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He has been a full professor serving academia since 2004 and has also held leadership positions in industry and government as well over a career spanning more than 40 years. Dr. Hubbard is a fellow and lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace (AIAA) as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Fellow of the Society of Photonics and Industrial Engineers (SPIE). He is also a Permanent Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Systems. His research efforts are focused on Adaptive Structures, System Identification and Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameters Systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific articles, published four books, and holds 24 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016. He is also a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM). He has held NRC board positions on the Air Force Studies Board (8 yrs) and the Navel Research Advisory Committee (6 yrs).


Greg H. Parlier
Dr. Greg H. Parlier is currently President, GH Parlier Consulting, and adjunct Professor of Operations Research at NC State University. A West Point graduate and retired Army Colonel, he is a combat veteran with 5 operational deployments and service in over 20 foreign nations on 12 named operations. He was a paratroop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division for 8 years, air-ground battle staff officer, joint operations planner, and Army strategist. When he retired he was the Army's senior, most experienced Operations Research Officer with assignments spanning land warfare analyses, manpower and personnel, program analysis and evaluation, logistics, and teaching at West Point. For 12 years after retiring, he served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he was an advisor to several foreign governments and senior OR analyst supporting the multi-national forces command in Iraq. A distinguished graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, National Defense Fellow at MIT, and Army War College graduate, Dr. Parlier holds advanced degrees in engineering, operations research, and international security. He is a past president of the Military Applications Society of INFORMS, director for the Military Operations Research Society, and program chain for the annual series of International Conferences on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems.


Suhithi M. Peiris
Dr. Suhithi M. Peiris is scientific and technical senior executive, assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of Enhanced Energy Effects relating to technology for producing, transporting, and coupling energy from munitions to targets (inclusive of high explosives, initiation sciences, damage mechanisms, penetration, and fuzing). She is currently assigned as Technical Advisor - Platform and Weapon Technologies, to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Peiris did her B.S. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed her Ph.D. at University of Chicago, Illinios. After her Ph.D. she worked in Navy labs on energetic and reactive materials, and then joined the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to run the Counter-WMD Basic Research program. Since her Ph.D., she has published about 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


Kelly Stephani
Dr. Kelly Stephani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She earned her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2012 from The University of Texas at Austin, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department prior to joining the faculty at UIUC in 2014. Prof. Stephani’s background is in hypersonics, with emphasis on modeling and high-performance computing. Broadly, she develops predictive models and design tools for: (i) Materials, structures, and thermal protection systems (TPS), (ii) Hypersonic environments and phenomenologies, (iii) Applied aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics. Her technical expertise centers on computational tools that quantify thermal, chemical, and mechanical degradation of TPS materials in the hypersonic flight environment. Her work leverages advanced numerical methods to construct physics-based models, informed by world-class material characterization, experimental techniques, and full vehicle integration, to create a system-level design platform for the nation’s next generation of hypersonic vehicles. Prof. Stephani is an AIAA Associate Fellow, and is recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award (2015), AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2017), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2019).


Events


Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This event will be in closed session.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Juckett
Contact Email:  sjuckett@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3947

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

First virtual meeting of the Strategic Long Range Cannon committee.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sarah Juckett
Contact Email:  sjuckett@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3947

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

LTG. Joseph Anderson
Co-Chair
Kari D. Anderson
Co-Chair
Dr. Kaushik Bhattacharya
Dr. Rodney D.W. Bowersox
Iain Boyd
Dr. Alison Brown
Dr. George T. "Rusty" Gray III
Dr. James E. Hubbard
Jr.
Dr. Gregory H. Parlier
Dr. Suhithi Peiris and Dr. Kelly Stephani

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

September 23, 2020
Navy Electromagnetic Railgun Overview & Program Lessons Learned Presented by Mr. Steve Malyevac, Mr. Tom Boucher and Mr. Chester Petry - NSWCDD.
OSD (R&E) Perspective on the Strategic Long Range Cannon Presented by Dr. Gillian Bussey - OUSD (R&E)
September 24, 2020
U.S. Army RCCTO Perspective Presented by LTG L. Neil Thurgood - U.S. Army RCCTO
U.S. Army AFC LRPF CFT Perspective Presented by BG John Rafferty, LRPF CFT, AFC

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 25, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Publications

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