Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The effort to secure America’s borders has commanded enormous attention as a national security imperative for nearly a decade. As civilian law enforcement and military agencies gain ground with extensive fencing, increased patrols, and aerial surveillance, drug smugglers have taken to underground tunneling to continue their illicit activities. Their tunnels range from rudimentary, shallow holes and narrow pipes used to pass drug bundles, to elaborate structures with reinforced concrete walls and artificial lighting that people can walk through. More than 100 border tunnels have been discovered by law enforcement agencies since 1990; 30 of them were found in the past five years. Furthermore, insurgents in Iraq and […]

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

[author type="author"]SPC Jonathan Thomas[/author] It can be difficult for deployed Soldiers to get conventional dental treatment, but Army dentists at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, are testing a portable X-ray system that could make it easier. “A lot of the dentists in [Afghanistan] are not working in a fixed facility. They don’t have the luxury of mounting an X-ray system to the wall, because they’re in a tent,” said COL Chris Evanov, a general dentist with the 257th Dental Company, which tested the system. The Nomad Pro, an X-ray system that weighs 5½ pounds, captures digital X-ray images and doesn’t require a darkroom, allowing dentists to operate in remote environments. “I’ve been […]

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] Obtaining information, providing assistance, and forging relationships are very tough to do when first meeting people, but are even tougher when you are in a combat environment and don’t speak the local language. That was the scenario many U.S. forces were faced with as they began to work with local citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide assistance, gain intelligence, and build situational awareness for force protection. There were few ways to communicate accurately, especially with a shortage of qualified linguists. The initial solution was to field a quick reaction capability (QRC) that could meet the immediate need while a more robust program of record (POR) known […]