This advisory is provided for members of the Press only.

Members of the Press who are interested in the demo, but unable to attend April 11, may contact the Public Affairs Office at 573-563-5038/4145, to determine if another time may be arranged.

Who:     The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood

What:    Maneuver Support, Sustainment, Protection, Integration Experiment (MSSPIX) 2018 Media Day

When:   8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 11, 2018, RSVP by April 10 to the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office at 573-563-5038/4145, if you plan on attending.

Where:  Meet at Fort Leonard Wood’s Main Gate Visitors Center on Missouri Avenue

Details:  The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence invites members of the Media to view three technology demonstrations in combination with a two-week experiment taking place April 3-13 at Fort Leonard Wood. The purpose of MSSPIX is to explore concepts and materiel development to enable the Army Force of 2025 in areas such as mobility, force protection, as well as endurance and operational reach in support of multi domain battle operations. A description of the technologies is provided on Page 2.

Agenda (times are estimated):

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.: Travel from Main Gate Visitors Center to first equipment demo
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m.: Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES) demonstration at Training Area 246
  • 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.: Travel to second equipment demo
  • 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.: CBRN Sensors Integration on Robotic Platforms (C-SIRP) demonstration at Range 27A
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.: Travel to third equipment demo
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: FARO Focus demonstration, Timmerberg Forensic Science Building
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m.: Travel and return to Main Gate Visitors Center

MSSPIX Media Day Technology Descriptions

Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES)

From full-scale 3D-printed concrete buildings to concrete barriers and other Army infrastructure, the team from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) will be demonstrating the first ever Soldier utilization of 3D printing of concrete. The ability to 3D print concrete structures on-site including everything from small essential items to objects for protection, with the click of a mouse, provides the military the capability of producing required necessities on-demand, in the field, with a standard material – concrete. During this demonstration a variety of items will be printed, focused on the creation of protective barriers. For further information on 3D concrete printing technology visit:

CBRN – Sensor Integration on Robotic Platforms (C-SIRP)

The United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School (CBRNS) partnered with Department of Defense laboratories and other various technology development industries, are looking at capabilities which allow Soldiers a matchless skill to detect and identify various chemical hazards from a safe standoff position. In an endeavor to accomplish this undertaking, the CBRNS is analyzing revolutionary Unmanned Aerial Systems [UAS; (Drones)] accompanied with sophisticated state of the art sensing technologies that can deliver near real time valuations of a possible chemical threat on a battle field. Having these proficiencies in the hands of our Soldiers helps to lessen the effects from a hazard therefore improving the sustainment capacity of our fighting strength.

FARO Focus Laser Scanner

The FARO Focus is an ultra-portable three dimensional laser scanner capable of capturing fast, straightforward and accurate measurements of crime scenes, record vital site exploitation data, complex objects, buildings, and routes under any lighting conditions. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging and High Definition (HD) photo resolution ensures true-to-detail scan results with high data quality allowing an investigator to continue to extrapolate data securely without time constraints or health hazards. The FARO Focus’s extended implementations ability allows it to scan from simply placing it on a tripod to being attached to a robot or UAV.