The REF mitigates capability gaps across the spectrum of warfighter function areas. Its portfolio is constantly changing as requirements arrive from the field. Currently, the majority of REF's project support:
In 2015, REF received numerous 10-Liners for variable day optics that allow Soldiers to have a quicker reaction time to changing target ranges. Given this trend, REF teamed with the Asymmetric Warfare Group to conduct an assessment that gathered critical metrics on a range of commercial and government off-the-shelf optics. The results of this assessment have been shared with stakeholders, such as PEO Soldier and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and have influenced equipping decisions.
In 2014, the REF was tasked to assess and provide a solution to the corrosive effects of harsh weather on PATRIOT radar systems. Analysis conducted at nine PATRIOT sites in the Middle East determined high heat and fine particulates were the cause of the majority of faults, not corrosion as previously thought. To mitigate this issue, the REF worked with Army and industry partners to develop a prototype cooling and filtration system. It has been installed in three locations and the REF is collecting data to assess the system's viability.
One of REF's main focus areas is delivering ISR assets to the lowest level. This includes equipping units with tactical aerostats, assessing the feasibility of a tethered Unmanned Aircraft System and delivering capabilities that present live feeds from ISR assets controlled by higher echelons. The REF's goal is to ensure that units operating on the ground have the best situational awareness possible.
An engineering battalion in Europe charged with expeditionary construction requested REF support to find a system that allowed them to rapidly plan and erect facilities for the U.S. Army and partner nations participating in Operation Atlantic Resolve. The REF reached out to the Air Force and Navy for information about their rapid building assets. Both services use the Ultimate Building Machine, so the REF chose to procure the system and equip it to the engineers. The system has had very positive feedback and the unit submitted a second 10-Liner for an additional system.