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); […]

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

By Sofia Bledsoe COL Shane Openshaw, Apache Helicopters Project Manager, accepts the keys from David Koopersmith, Boeing Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, during the Apache Block III Roll Out Ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production facility in Mesa, AZ. (Photos by Sofia Bledsoe.) The world’s most lethal attack helicopter just got even better. Inside a hangar against a backdrop of lights and fog, looking as intimidating as ever, the first AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) was revealed to the public for the first time during a Roll Out ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production plant in Mesa, AZ. “To say that I’m proud would […]

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Regular reporting and reviews will examine the efficiency of management and oversight processes in services acquisition, such as for equipment-related services, one of six portfolio groups. Here, PFC Mark Rios, a UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer with the  25th General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), resets the controls of a hydraulic system on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI, Nov. 15. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Karl Williams, 25th CAB.) This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

Kimble King (foreground) and Ron Freeman repair a M548 in Anniston Army Depot’s Combat Vehicle Repair Facility. (U.S. Army photo by John Makamson, U.S. Army Materiel Command.) This is the first in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  The Army spends more than $50 billion annually to buy essential services for Soldiers and their families, an amount equating to more than half of the Army’s yearly acquisition spending. The Army and the rest of DOD procure a wide variety of services through contracts with commercial vendors—services as simple as printing, as complex as combat vehicle repair, and as technically sophisticated as […]

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and […]

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

By Kris Osborn The M109 PIM  is slated for low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm howitzer artillery cannon can fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power more onboard electrical systems. (U.S. Army photo.) The Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm howitzer artillery cannon called the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), with the capability to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power up more onboard electrical systems. The new vehicle, slated to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) by 2013, features a 600-volt onboard power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available. “The PIM is the Army’s modernization program for the […]