Q: What is the REF?

A: The Rapid Equipping Force provides innovative materiel solutions to meet the urgent requirements of U.S. Army forces deployed globally and informs materiel development for the future force.

The REF supports priority equipping efforts including solutions for subterranean operations, electronic warfare, unmanned and counter-unmanned aerial systems, intelligence, and expeditionary force protection—with the goal of providing a solution within 180 days or less.

Q: Why was the REF created?

A: The REF was created in 2002 after U.S. Soldiers realized the need for non-standard equipment to meet the demands of new terrain and warfare tactics. Since then, the REF has met challenges as diverse as enhancing Soldier mobility, improving force protection, providing improved surveillance in austere locations, equipping operational energy sources and enhancing communications.

Q: How is the REF different than other Army organizations focused on equipment?

A:  The REF’s focus is on identifiying and equipping deployed and deploying Soldiers with essential equipment in a very short period of time using the best technologies available. The REF focuses on specific units that are engaged in operations.

Q: Who does the REF serve?

A: Our customer is any Soldier or commander that has a threat or challenge in their operational environment.