Detroit Arsenal Supports Army Network Integration Evaluations

Detroit Arsenal Supports Army Network Integration Evaluations

By Katie E. Cain In preparation for Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2, the third in a series of semiannual evaluations designed to holistically integrate and rapidly advance the Army’s tactical network, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is spearheading key ground vehicle integration efforts from its headquarters in Warren, MI. This marks the first time the Detroit Arsenal has conducted vehicle integration in support of the NIE. During the first two exercises, NIE 11.2 and 12.1 in the spring and fall of 2011, respectively, the systems that underwent testing and evaluation were integrated into the Army’s combat vehicle fleet at Fort Bliss, TX, and White […]

Brigade Receives New M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

Brigade Receives New M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

By Stan Emelander Program Executive Office Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) has fielded the new M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun Systems (MASS) to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY. Tests have determined the M26 to be the most reliable, durable, rugged shotgun in the Army inventory. The receiving unit initiated a week of fielding, training, and range activities in early February, with a small ceremony to mark the milestone achievement. The newest small arm in the Army’s inventory has a notable history of deployment, test, and evaluation. About 200 shotguns of an early predecessor of the M26, the Lightweight Shotgun […]

Adenovirus Vaccine: Making It Happen

Adenovirus Vaccine: Making It Happen

[author type="author"]Dr. Clifford E. Snyder Jr.[/author] The adenovirus vaccine (officially known as the Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine, Live, Oral) has been used since Oct. 24, 2011. It protects military trainees against febrile respiratory illness (FRI)—with fever plus symptoms such as coughing and sneezing—caused by adenovirus Types 4 and 7. The adenovirus vaccine goes into the mouth of every basic trainee of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It does not get there by accident. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command manages the development of adenovirus vaccine. The Pharmaceutical Systems Division of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) houses the […]

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

Train the Instructor Course a Vital Step Forward for Afghan Armor Corps

By Bill Good Crawl, Walk, Run: That simple phrase is the common refrain heard in U.S. Army training facilities  throughout the world. This approach forces new Soldiers to focus on the basics before moving onto more advanced techniques. In Afghanistan, that same training principle is being applied at the recently opened Afghan National Army (ANA) Armor Branch School.  In March, the ANA will take possession of the first 58 of 352 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV)  to enhance their quick reaction and Mobile Strike Force (MSF) capabilities. These  vehicles represent the first kandak, or battalion, size element of armored vehicles for the ANA. This capability will be critical when U.S. […]

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

The ‘Bosses’ of NIE: Army Acquisition Officers Are Key to Success of Network Integration Evaluations

MAJ John McGee, Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.1 Aerial Tier Trail Boss (left) talks with LTC Jon Ellis, Military Deputy to Project Director Futures, System of Systems Integration Directorate, inside a Company Command Post at the 2011 LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, FL. The Command Post was part of the Army’s Network Modernization booth that featured equipment involved in the first NIE in June-July 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Claire Schwerin, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical.) In the months since the Army concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, in November 2011, hundreds of Soldiers, engineers, developers, and program managers have remained at Fort Bliss, TX, and […]

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

Money-Saving Energy Initiatives Spotlighted in Afghanistan

By Summer Barkley MAJ Thomas W. Casey, REF Team Chief, Afghanistan, briefs Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs; and BG Bryan G. Watson, Director, Joint Engineering Directorate, USFOR-A, on solar power platforms used in the REF’s Energy to the Edge program to provide efficient power generation systems to combatant commanders of tactical units. (U.S. Army photo by Summer Barkley.) Cutting-edge technology and energy initiatives that bring energy-efficient power generation to forward-deployed units in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) were showcased to senior DoD personnel Jan. 8. Members of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s […]

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

Afghan National Army Receives Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

By Bill Good This Mobile Strike Force Vehicle (MSFV) Armored Personnel Carrier with Gunner’s Protective Kit is one of three variants of the MSFV, which is based on a modified, updated version of a Textron Marine and Land Systems vehicle platform design. The modifications to the MSFV allow for additional protection while still utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf parts. (Photo by Textron Marine and Land Systems.) The U.S. Army has taken another significant step forward in the strategic withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan with the shipment of the first 18 production Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) to theater. These 18 vehicles, shipped in November 2011, are the first of 281 MSFVs that […]

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

Army’s Non-Standard Vehicles Drive the Afghanistan Drawdown

By Cynthia Merritt and Alvin Bing To date, more than 31,000 Light Tactical Vehicles (LTVs) have been fielded to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. An additional 10,000 are scheduled to be fielded through 2012. (U.S. Army photo.) The U.S. Army’s Product Director Non-Standard Vehicles (PD NSV) is providing the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) with key maneuver capabilities that are critical to expediting the strategic drawdown of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014. In 2005 NATO’s Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan began equipping the ANSF with the Ford Ranger J97 Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to enhance the ANSF’s tactical capabilities and its ability to secure […]

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); […]