Army Futures Command is seeking to make soldiers more lethal and minimize risk by providing them with lighter batteries that run for longer. The newly established command is making investments to study silicon anode technologies to support lightweight battery prototype development, according to a recent service news release. The Army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C5ISR, Center is working to incorporate research and development of advanced battery technologies into the service’s Conformable Wearable Battery, a thin and flexible battery that can be worn on the vest and used to power electronics. In early testing, researchers were able to get the same power out of a battery nearly one-third lighter and smaller. The C5ISR Center is finalizing a cell-level design this year, with planned battery testing in fall 2019 and spring 2020. Next July, soldiers will be able to test out prototypes during a training exercise. Read more at Army.mil.