#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 15, 2010) — The Army christened the new Ground Soldier System June 14 with a name that honors World War II Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert B. Nett. The system, now in development, will be lighter and more advanced than the current Land Warrior Strike system now being used by a brigade in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to officials at Program Manager Land Warrior. The next generation of the system will now be called “Nett Warrior.” The Army made the naming announcement during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on the Army’s birthday. Col. Wil Riggins, program manager for […]

#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

By Christina Bates, PEO IEW&S Recent wars have ushered in a totally new way of conducting operations: coordinated sensor warfare. Whether the area of focus is Base Defense, Air Defense, Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition, or Target Prosecution, timely and actionable information is essential. A robust way to accomplish this is through a cogent networking of different types of sensors. The Project Manager, Night Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (PM NV/RSTA) has fielded networked sensors in theater since 2002 and continues to evolve and improve this critical capability. PM NV/RSTA’s sensor systems enable our warfighters in theater to rapidly and effectively respond to evolving threats thereby saving lives on the battlefield […]

#AAC25 100th Lakota Continues War Fighter Support

#AAC25 100th Lakota Continues War Fighter Support

By PEO Aviation COLUMBUS, Miss. – The 100th delivery of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was celebrated at a rollout ceremony Thursday at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus. The delivery marks another on-time and on-budget achievement for a successful program that supports America’s war fighters and contributes to homeland security. “The UH-72A Lakota program has progressed on schedule and within budget constraints,” said Col. L. Neil Thurgood, the Army’s project manager of the Utility Helicopter office. “The aircraft has been well received by Army aircrews and we have maintained a remarkably high operational availability rate combined with an admirable safety record. We especially look forward to fielding even […]

#AAC25 Kiowa enhancements to give aging warrior new life

#AAC25 Kiowa enhancements to give aging warrior new life

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 27, 2010) — The Kiowa Warrior OH-58D, the Army’s primary armed reconnaissance scout aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is about to get a makeover that will extend its life well into the future. Col. Robert Grigsby, project manager for the Kiowa Warrior Product Management Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., told aviation writers during the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition Tuesday that a new equipment package planned for the OH-58D includes such items as an upgraded sensor, digital inter-cockpit communications, and software for enhanced situational awareness that will keep the aircraft fighting for years to come. “Once the Army determines what the […]

#AAC25 USAMMDA’s Medical Support Systems team win 2010 National Security and International Affairs Medal

#AAC25 USAMMDA’s Medical Support Systems team win 2010 National Security and International Affairs Medal

By Carey Phillips, USAMMDA Public Affairs The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s Teri Glass and the Medical Support Systems team won the 2010 National Security and International Affairs Medal at the Service to America Medals awards gala Sep. 15. On behalf of the entire MSS team, the National Security and International Affairs Medal was accepted by Teri Glass, project manager for MSS; Steve Reichard, former project manager for MSS; Jaime Lee, product manager for non-medical systems; James Cromartie, management analyst; Mark Brown, chief of the Medical Prototype Development Laboratory; and Sharon Morgan, administrative assistant for MSS. The MSS team was nominated for the National Security and International Affairs Medal […]

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 10, 2009) — Col. Patricia Ryan expected an uphill climb last spring when, as a lieutenant colonel, she volunteered to deploy to Kuwait to oversee the Rapid Fielding Initiative’s staging and fielding facility operations in Kuwait and Afghanistan. After all, she was an MP, and by no means a logistician. Only a week later, she ranked her job as the assignment of a lifetime. “You can’t help but love coming to work every day,” said Ryan, a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, just before her return to the States last fall. “Soldiers are aware that […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 15, 2009) — As the U.S. Army approaches eight years of counter-insurgency operations in two theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. Soldiers has remained a persistent challenge. Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of electronic warfare. By tightly integrating EW — as a form of non-kinetic fires — with existing kinetic capabilities, the the aim is to achieve spectrum dominance through an effects-based joint operations […]

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

By Brandon J. Pollachek, PEO IEW&S With an urgent demand from soldiers in the field to be able to collect as much information about the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Product Manager Prophet (PdM Prophet) has recently secured a system that will assist in meeting that need for battlespace awareness. On Oct. 20, Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors along with Lt. Col. Jim Ross, PdM Prophet witnessed the roll out of the first Prophet Enhanced vehicle from General Dynamics in Scottsdale, AZ. Prophet Enhanced was one of the systems obtained by the Army under a short timeline as a part of the […]