Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

By Orli Belman Virtual SSG Jacob Garza is part of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies’ (ICT) Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment installed at Fort Benning, GA. The classroom-based prototype supports the instruction, practice, and assessment of interpersonal communication skills for leadership and counseling. (Photos courtesy of ICT.) This month, second lieutenants at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA, begin interpersonal skills training with the help of SSG Jacob Garza, a virtual human that looks, moves, speaks, and behaves like a real person. Through conversations with this simulated squad leader—who offers consistent responses and never gets tired—young officers will experience what can go […]

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

By MAJ Jason A. Regules and COL Christian F. Ockenhouse Critical field-site testing for the current Phase III study is ongoing in western Kenya at the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya (USAMRU-K), an overseas laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Here, Kenyan healthcare workers participate in malaria microscopy training conducted by USAMRU-K. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Africa.) The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and public-private partners recently received recognition from Time magazine for the development of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, when Time called the vaccine the second most momentous medical breakthrough of 2011. Malaria is a major worldwide problem that is endemic […]

In Search of Integrated Solutions

In Search of Integrated Solutions

By Kris Osborn New sensing capabilities and technologies are aiding pilots navigating in degraded visual environments. Here, a Kentucky National Guard Aviator flys a mission run for the Air Soldier System situational awareness technologies during a test in which the pilot must land the aircraft during a “brown-out” landing. (U.S. Army photo.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended […]

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

By Kris Osborn A portion of the JMR Technology Demonstrator Phase 2 solicits feedback on emerging technologies in Aircraft Survivability Equipment. Here, a Soldier performs an engine run-up in preparation for a UH-60 air transport mission. Aircraft survivability equipment (APR-39 and Common Missile Warning System) is on and operational as visible in the instrument panel. (U.S. Army photo by J.D. Williams.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T […]

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

By Kris Osborn The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The areas of science and technology (S&T) focus for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program span a wide spectrum of emerging technologies, including composite materials, onboard electronics, and various rotor configurations designed to increase speed without compromising hovering ability, said Dave […]

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

By Kris Osborn The Joint Multi-Role science & technology effort is exploring the development of a new attack or utility helicopter. Here, SPC David Reed, an Apache Mechanic in the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (ACB), 1st Cavalry Division (Cav. Div.), Multi-National Division – Baghdad, works on the engine compartment of the helicopter during a 500-hour phase maintenance inspection on the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Travis Zielinksi, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly […]

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

By Kris Osborn AMRDEC conceptual renderings of potential future JMR configurations. (U.S. Army images by AMRDEC.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program is a broadly scoped Pentagon endeavor representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the […]

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

By Jeffrey M. Soares A medic from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th infantry Division uses TEMPUS Pro in a tactical evacuation vehicle to assess a patient, record vital signs, and transmit telemetry and the patient’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care Card to the Brigade Surgeon at Fort Wainwright, AK, in January 2011. (U.S. Army photos by TATRC.) In an age of smartphones and high-tech gadgets galore, it may be surprising to hear that one of the next “big things” coming out of the electronics arena is being spearheaded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD. Since 2009, the USAMRMC has been directing, […]

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

By Brandon Pollachek AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets are being integrated onto various aircraft, including the UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. (Photo courtesy of PEO IEW&S.) In a Connecticut industrial plant, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with vital protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to be the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000th AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set (LDS) from the Goodrich Corp. during a ceremony at the contractor’s facility in Danbury, CT. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; BG Harold J. Greene, Program Executive Officer Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); […]

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

By Dan Kennedy The Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device allows doctors to diagnose brain trauma earlier so that Soldiers can receive appropriate medical treatments if necessary. (Photo by Patrick Doyle, USAMMA.) The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, recently fielded a Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device, responding to an Operational Needs Statement from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations (ATO). The device provides neurophysiological studies for forward troops, keeping Soldiers in the fight. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device synchronizes various modules, coordinates data, and provides a detailed analysis of vital recordings. A theater neurologist then interprets the findings […]