Army Research Lab Launches Center for Adaptive Soldier Technologies

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 30, 2016) — The Center for Adaptive Soldier Technologies, or CAST, with a technical focus on human-centric approaches to adapting technologies to Soldiers, launched its new website that is available to all interested researchers. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory announced the virtual center at its recent Open Campus Open House in Adelphi, Maryland.

“The primary intent of the CAST is to foster an open technical dialogue and to build an active community of interested volunteers that push the boundaries in both science and technologies within this specific area,” said Dr. Kaleb McDowell, lead of the Center for Adaptive Soldier Technologies. “It”s about connecting people to research and enabling the workforce to engage in open discussions in the spirit of Open Campus.”

CAST has taken the approach to develop a virtual center augmented with sharable brick and mortar facilities. The centerpiece of the CAST is a website that hosts a dynamic technical dialogue framed by:

Higher level research and demonstration thrusts
Community of interest including individual and team partners
Associated Open Campus laboratories and facilities
Activities and opportunities to enhance the science and technology ecosystem in this specific technical area.

“We are excited about the launch of the CAST and the response of numerous scientists and engineers who have already volunteered content and took the responsibility for ensuring active future participation for particular research projects and laboratories,” McDowell said. “A special thank you to David Chhan and Tom Smith for enabling the transition from an idea to an implemented website.

ARL CAST website,, an open coalition for understanding how and when to adapt technologies to humans.