Texas A&M begins work on $130m Bush Combat Development Complex
October 17, 2019 – Texas A&M University System has broken ground on the $130m Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) on the RELLIS Campus.
The complex, named after US former President George HW Bush, is intended to accelerate the research and technology development to modernise the Army.
The $130m investment comprises $50m from the Texas Legislature for launching an ‘Innovative Proving Ground’ and $80m from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents for the construction of a ‘Research Innovation Center’ and affiliated infrastructure.
Senior official performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Army James McPherson said: “We face a complex security environment, one that requires we maintain our competitive edge today while simultaneously building tomorrow’s.
“I am grateful for the commitment from the people of Texas and especially The Texas A&M University System to help the Army ensure we never send our service members into a fair fight now and in the future.”
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said: “When we first envisioned how we could use the RELLIS Campus to support the Army, one name came to mind, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st U.S. President.
“The Bush Combat Development Complex will provide a living laboratory unlike any other and will uphold the highest values of service to our nation.”
Recently, US Senator John Cornyn, the AFC and the Texas A&M System have announced an agreement to fund $65m to the Texas A&M System for the next five years to support research into new technologies.
The BCDC comprises an Innovation Proving Ground (IPG); Research Integration Center (RIC); Ballistic, Aero-optics, and Materials (BAM); and the Technology Innovation and Modernization Catalyst (TIMC).
The Texas A&M System researchers will focus on hypersonic and laser systems; materials for enduring hypervelocity blasts; coordinated manoeuvring of air and ground vehicles; and resilient computer networks for autonomous vehicles to share up-to-the-moment battlefield information.
BCDC aims to reduce the time taken to get emerging technologies from the lab to the field and improve technology capabilities through soldier feedback.
The Bush Combat Development Complex is expected to be completed by June 2021.