Another important AMU mission: Acting as subject matter experts in weapons development.
“There’s not a week that goes by where we don’t have an external agency asking for our opinion or to test ammunition and weapons. Every organization at [the Defense Department] is coming here to ask questions,” Levy said.
They’re experts whose knowledge directly feeds into the operating force.
“From this organization, they developed the M21 and M24 sniper rifles, all the way up to the latest Army ammunition that they’ve chosen,” said the unit’s commander, Army Lt. Col. H.T. Lawrence, who admitted that before he joined the unit, he didn’t realize its significance. “All those [tests] and evaluations — all those items come through the AMU.”
“If a competitive shooter sees that there’s a device or an item that could make him more lethal in competition and on the battlefield, we can design it here, we can produce it, test it and evaluate it, and then turn it over to the Army for full-scale production,” Levy said.
How do they advertise their skills and innovations to the American public? Through competition.
“We have the ability to connect America’s Army to America’s people,” Levy said. “When they see us at competitions, they know that we’re there to win.”