The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

Kris Osborn The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The areas of science and technology (S&T) focus for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program span a wide spectrum of emerging technologies, including composite materials, onboard electronics, and various rotor configurations designed to increase speed without compromising hovering ability, said Dave Weller, […]

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Joint Multi-Role (JMR) science and technology (S&T) effort, led by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), has awarded  “concept trade and analysis” deals to four industry teams tasked with examining the attributes, designs, and technologies needed to build […]

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program is a broadly scoped Pentagon endeavor representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and NASA, among others. The goal of the JMR […]

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

[author type="author"]Jeffrey M. Soares[/author] 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, developing, and refining handheld telemedicine devices that could help save lives in theater. The culmination of this effort is drawing near for one of the candidate projects.  “The TEMPUS Pro is an advanced compact telemedicine system intended to support combat casualties in forward areas near point-of-injury on the battlefield,” said Dr. Gary Gilbert, Chief […]

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

[author type="author"]Dan Kennedy[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, recently fielded a Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device, responding to an Operational Needs Statement from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations (ATO). The device provides neurophysiological studies for forward troops, keeping Soldiers in the fight. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device synchronizes various modules, coordinates data, and provides a detailed analysis of vital recordings. A theater neurologist then interprets the findings to determine the patient’s disposition. Ruling out mild and moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) until now has been extremely difficult within the ATO. This new device allows Soldiers […]

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

[author type="author"]CPT Cory Gerould[/author] As the brigade psychologist for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, using telebehavioral health (TBH) to conduct consultations has significantly increased my ability to provide services to a greater number of Soldiers more efficiently and quickly. Additionally, TBH has helped reduce some of the challenges that arise in connecting Soldiers with health providers downrange. Commanders cannot always readily determine when a Soldier may need behavioral health services, particularly when a Soldier denies having problems or is not ready to ask for help. Taking a Soldier out of the fight for several days would have considerable impact on the mission, not to mention the logistical […]

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

The U.S. Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) Program has earned the distinction of having the 2011 top information technology (IT) team from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). The AMSUS Information Technology Award honors organizations that have made significant contributions in IT, specifically those that improve the effectiveness and cohesiveness of federal health care initiatives. In 2010, MC4 helped field the rapid expansion of technology used to connect Soldiers remotely with mental health physicians in the combat zone. The Army’s MC4 Program, within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems,  trains, fields, and supports IT systems that allow deployable medical staff to document and […]

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. A lot of exciting and great things have occurred since the last time I reported out to everyone. One of the most significant was the change of duty by LTC Amanda Greig back to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and her replacement by COL Lary Chinowsky as my new Military Assistant. COL Chinowsky has hit the ground running and has already represented me at the 19th Annual  U.S. Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) Science Symposium […]

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically targeted for U.S. units and Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan. “Mobile devices are driving the Army’s training delivery model,” said LTC William Geesey, MC4 Product Manager. “By […]

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. Time has really flown—it is hard to believe that we are at the beginning of November! It certainly has been a busy time for me and for many people in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). At the end of September, I supported Deputy ASA for Research and Technology (DASA R&T) Dr. Marilyn Freeman during the Army Science and Technology (S&T) Comprehensive Reviews, conducted by Assistant Secretary of Defense […]