#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

By JD Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 19, 2012) — Today, both male and female Soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer a new type of body armor, designed for them, that will be shorter in the torso with more customized adjustments specific to the female form. Until that happens, the 14 percent of the Army who are women will continue to wear one of the 11 sizes of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that are worn by their male counterparts. Following anthropomorphic sizing and fitting studies overseas, and also at Fort Bragg, N.C., […]

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

By Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., (April 20, 2012) — As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years. “As far as tactical military communications, it never ceases to amaze me when I look at where we started and where we are today,” said Col. Ed Swanson, PM for WIN-T. “I’m proud to be a part of such a great organization as we continue to advance the Army’s tactical communications network and provide critical capabilities to the Soldier.” […]

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army FORT DRUM, N.Y. (October 15, 2012) — Soldiers will soon be able to cover greater distances, make quicker decisions and share more information using the Army’s new tactical communications network, according to leaders of the first unit to receive the equipment. Through mobile communications technology that connects all echelons of a brigade combat team down to the dismounted Soldier, the Capability Set 13, or CS 13, network will reduce units’ reliance on fixed infrastructure, extend the range of communications and improve battlefield awareness at the lowest levels. “This capability changes the equation, and gives us situational awareness where we need to have it and turn it […]

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

By Jeffrey Soares, USAMRMC public affairs The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command celebrated the licensure and fielding of the Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine with a recognition ceremony held at Fort Detrick, Md., March 12. Key speakers included Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman, USAMRMC commanding general, Col. Russell E. Coleman, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, and the Honorable Jonathan Woodson, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs. The U.S. military began administering Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine, Live, Oral (Adenovirus Vaccine) to recruits in basic training over a four-week period that began the week of Oct. 24, 2011. Since […]

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 9, 2013) — The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25 is currently in the “engineering and manufacturing development phase,” not yet ready for fielding. “That’s where we are developing the subsystems, which would be the weapon, the fire control, and the programmable ammunition,” he said. “[We are] integrating it all to work together […]

#AAC25 Army Leaders Say Technology Evaluations Set the Pace For An Improved Acquisition Process

#AAC25 Army Leaders Say Technology Evaluations Set the Pace For An Improved Acquisition Process

By Kristen McCullough, PEO STRI Public Affairs Officer As the Army stares down looming budget cuts amidst the need for a critical technology refresh, the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercises set the scene for a more efficient acquisition process, senior defense officials said. “We have economic challenges in this nation, and the military budget reflects those as well, but it’s critical that we continue to modernize and give our Soldiers the best possible equipment,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said during a visit to White Sands Missile Range in May 2012. “The NIE is a critical component to make sure that we can, in an affordable way, continue to […]

#AAC25 Q & A with Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols

#AAC25 Q & A with Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols

By ACC public affairs When you left ECC, did you think that you might be back at ACC as the commander? I’ve been very fortunate and blessed that the advances I’ve been able to make in my career have gotten me to where I am. When I left the Expeditionary Contracting Command to go out to command and combat, I felt I’d go do that and come back to some staff job and that would be the end. I think it’s a great testament to Mr. (Jeff) Parsons (former Army Contracting Command executive director), Dr. (Carol) Lowman (former ACC executive director and deputy to the commanding general) and the great […]

#AAC25 ACC reaches tipping point

#AAC25 ACC reaches tipping point

By Ed Worley, ACC Office of Public and Congressional Affairs Army Contracting Command’s move to Redstone Arsenal passed its “tipping point” in March as the personnel strength in Alabama surpassed the 50 percent mark. ACC headquarters and the headquarters of one of its two subordinate commands, the Expeditionary Contracting Command, are relocating to Redstone Arsenal from Fort Belvoir, Va. “We now have more people working at the Redstone campus than we have at Fort Belvoir,” explained Gene Duncan, ACC director of strategic initiatives and the ACC command group representative at Redstone. “Several of our directorates are operating from here and others aren’t far from it. We’ve been very pleased not […]

#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 […]