Army Developing Next-Generation Surveillance Aircraft

Army Developing Next-Generation Surveillance Aircraft

Kris Osborn   Army scientists, engineers, and program developers in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. are making substantial progress with efforts to build and integrate a sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS), service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility (JTIF), is aimed at engineering and integrating an EMARSS fuselage with cameras, sensors, software, antennas, intelligence databases, and electronic equipment so the Army can deliver four Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft to Afghanistan as part of a forward assessment of the capabilities, said Raymond Santiago, deputy product manager, Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance […]

NIE drives technology growth, cost savings

NIE drives technology growth, cost savings

Claire Heininger, ASA (ALT)   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (December 4, 2012) — Initial findings from the Army’s latest Network Integration Evaluation show steady progress toward improved, user-friendly tactical communications systems, as well as new efficiencies from the consolidation of test practices. Although the final technical evaluations and responses are still pending, the Army is reviewing early assessments from NIE 13.1, which concluded Nov. 17, and planning for NIE 13.2, which gets underway in May 2013. Observations from NIE 13.1 included a more stable network backbone, demand for a “mid-tier” networking radio for use by lower echelons, and better user collaboration through a common framework for operations and intelligence tools. […]

Combined Federal Campaign Nears Fundraising Goal

Combined Federal Campaign Nears Fundraising Goal

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is close to reaching its 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) goal but donors still have time to make a difference before this year’s campaign ends. The CFC is the only authorized charitable-giving drive for employees in the Federal workplace and serves all Federal employees, civilian, and military. Keith Butler, USAASC Campaign Manager, explained the CFC fundraising goal. “We fall under ASA(ALT) [Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology]. ASA(ALT) has a goal, and when you break it down to reporting units, each unit has a goal.” As of November 20, the USAASC campaign had raised $7,402 of […]

Army awards new expanded defense communications contract

Army awards new expanded defense communications contract

Amy Walker, ASA (ALT)   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 19, 2012) — The Army has awarded a new, expanded defense contract, which will enable the acquisition of hardware, software, services and data in support of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical, or PEO C3T, mission over a five-year ordering period. The Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems, known as GTACS, and Services contract is one of the largest defense contracts the Department of Defense plans to issue within the next few years. By utilizing the GTACS contract and its group of 20 defense contractors, it is expected that the government will realize significant cost savings, while enabling industry […]

Beyond protection: Army Research Laboratory investigates next-level pelvic, groin protection

Beyond protection: Army Research Laboratory investigates next-level pelvic, groin protection

T’Jae Gibson   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD. (Nov. 14, 2012) — New ballistic research areas are filling a critical gap in troop pelvic protection systems, said U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) engineers. No standard scientific methodology currently exists to assess the performance of personal protection equipment (PPE) against secondary debris, such as flying rocks, and bomb fragments ejected after a buried improvised explosive device (IED) detonates, said Tyrone Jones, a mechanical engineer in ARL’s, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). ARL teamed with the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Joint IED Defeat Organization and the British Ministry of Defence to provide the Army […]

Army Begins Limited User Test of Paladin Upgrade

Army Begins Limited User Test of Paladin Upgrade

Ashley John-Givens   In late October, the Army began the Limited User Test (LUT) of the Self-Propelled Howitzer Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion-27th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division, of Fort Bliss, Texas are set to complete a week long field exercise in simulated combat conditions, evaluating the PIM’s operational capability and reliability. “The LUT will prove the suitability, effectiveness and survivability of the platform with Soldiers manning the system for the first time,” said Lt. Col. Dan Furber, product manager for Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems. Additionally, the Army will complete the Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Growth Curve as required prior to the Milestone C Low […]

2012 U.S. Army Acquisition Annual Awards Recognize Excellence

2012 U.S. Army Acquisition Annual Awards Recognize Excellence

Tara Clements   Thirteen individuals and teams within the acquisition community were recognized for their exceptional skill, efficiency, and dedication in their service to Soldiers, the U.S. Army, and the Nation during the 2012 U.S. Army Acquisition Annual Awards ceremony. The theme for this year’s ceremony, “Recognizing Army Acquisition Excellence,” pays tribute to the uniformed and civilian professionals who design, develop, and deliver capabilities that continually improve force protection and Soldier survivability, enabling Soldiers to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of overseas contingency operations. “The depth and breadth of the 180 nominations for this year’s 12 awards were truly outstanding, showcasing the best and brightest in the Acquisition, Logistics […]

Evaluating Mobile Technology Before The Warfighter Carries It Onto Battlefield

Evaluating Mobile Technology Before The Warfighter Carries It Onto Battlefield

Ray K. Ragan   Mobile technology, or mobility as it is referred to by the military, is for the first time, taking a prominent role in defense. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Director, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. announced mobility would be one of his eight initial efforts for his agency, which has raised the next question – “how to test and evaluate these technologies before our Nation’s warfighters use them?” For the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), a U.S. defense organization charged by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test, evaluate and certify technology and communications systems and products for joint use, this is […]

Tell me where it hurts

Tell me where it hurts

Army Research and Development Improves Translation Technologies for Military Medics   Amanda Rominiecki   When providing medical care, it is critical that medics are able to converse with patients about their medical needs. Language barriers make communication a challenge and can hinder the delivery of effective medical care. Without the assistance of a human translator, a medic may not be able to accurately capture enough information to fully address a patient‘s needs. Engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command‘s Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) have spent the past year developing strategies and methods for improving machine foreign language translation software in support of military medical […]

High dose HBO2 Ineffective for Post Concussion Syndrome

High dose HBO2 Ineffective for Post Concussion Syndrome

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity HBO2 Project Management Office   FORT DETRICK, MD. (October 24, 2012) — The U.S. Air Force, along with partners from McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and U. S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), announced the results of the first ever randomized, placebo-controlled trial of hyperbaric oxygen to treat symptoms and cognitive impairments resulting from concussions or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) Oct. 16. The pilot study, released to the public on the Journal of Neurotrauma website, demonstrated that high doses of hyperbaric oxygen 2.4 atmospheres absolute (ATA), given daily over six weeks showed no added benefit in symptom relief of mTBI or […]