The Army Reserve—Innovating Its Way To Sustainability

The Army Reserve—Innovating Its Way To Sustainability

[author type="author"]Ian M. Donegan and Steven A. Patarcity[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) is using technology, innovation, and creativity to achieve its energy security and sustainability goals of reducing consumption and environmental impact, while increasing efficiency and the use of alternative and renewable resources. Three USAR installations are participating in the Army’s pilot Net Zero program. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, announced in April  that Fort Buchanan, PR, Fort Hunter Liggett, CA, and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, CA, will participate in one or more of three categories: energy, water, and waste. These bases will strive to achieve “net zero” status, consuming only […]

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

[author type="author"]William G. Balliew[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has established the first fully accredited unit-level Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator system in the Army at Fort Rucker, AL, fulfilling a vision for a simulation training strategy that closely replicates real-life air traffic control situations. The system is just what planners from the USAR Command (USARC) Aviation Directorate had in mind when the 2nd Airfield Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (2-58) was activated in 2007 to train air traffic controllers. The planners foresaw the unit developing a realistic simulation training strategy, and an accredited ATC simulator system was critical to that strategy. “Simulation is the future of aviation training. This […]

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The U.S. Army’s Project Manger Battle Command (PM BC) is working vigorously to “collapse” the boundaries separating various applications from one another and to engineer a consolidated product line aimed at increasing interoperability between capabilities, such as fires, maneuver, sustainment, airspace management, and air defense, service officials said. “We have a lot of systems in a command post. All of those systems make it very complex for the commander and staff to perform their critical functions,” said COL David Moore, PM BC, within Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical. The BC Collapse Strategy consists of ongoing efforts to consolidate the tactical server infrastructure and develop two […]

Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The effort to secure America’s borders has commanded enormous attention as a national security imperative for nearly a decade. As civilian law enforcement and military agencies gain ground with extensive fencing, increased patrols, and aerial surveillance, drug smugglers have taken to underground tunneling to continue their illicit activities. Their tunnels range from rudimentary, shallow holes and narrow pipes used to pass drug bundles, to elaborate structures with reinforced concrete walls and artificial lighting that people can walk through. More than 100 border tunnels have been discovered by law enforcement agencies since 1990; 30 of them were found in the past five years. Furthermore, insurgents in Iraq and […]

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

[author type="author"]SPC Jonathan Thomas[/author] It can be difficult for deployed Soldiers to get conventional dental treatment, but Army dentists at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, are testing a portable X-ray system that could make it easier. “A lot of the dentists in [Afghanistan] are not working in a fixed facility. They don’t have the luxury of mounting an X-ray system to the wall, because they’re in a tent,” said COL Chris Evanov, a general dentist with the 257th Dental Company, which tested the system. The Nomad Pro, an X-ray system that weighs 5½ pounds, captures digital X-ray images and doesn’t require a darkroom, allowing dentists to operate in remote environments. “I’ve been […]

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] Obtaining information, providing assistance, and forging relationships are very tough to do when first meeting people, but are even tougher when you are in a combat environment and don’t speak the local language. That was the scenario many U.S. forces were faced with as they began to work with local citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide assistance, gain intelligence, and build situational awareness for force protection. There were few ways to communicate accurately, especially with a shortage of qualified linguists. The initial solution was to field a quick reaction capability (QRC) that could meet the immediate need while a more robust program of record (POR) known […]

Unique Systems Engineering and Horizontal Technology Integration Earns Prestigious Award for Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared

Unique Systems Engineering and Horizontal Technology Integration Earns Prestigious Award for Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek and Christina Bates[/author] As he accepted the 2009 LTG Thomas R. Ferguson Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award for the Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), Michael Doney, Deputy Product Manager (PM) FLIR, reflected on the vision that was emplaced 15 years earlier. It was that vision, founded in horizontal technology integration (HTI) principles and combined with enduring, diligent execution that led the National Defense Industrial Association to honor PM FLIR and its Second Generation FLIR (SGF). The award is given annually to the product office that clearly demonstrates outstanding achievement in the practical application of systems engineering. “The vision was to employ the very best in […]

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

A patent was recently granted for a process to safely train Soldiers in how to operate a variety of robots used in Iraq and Afghanistan to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Robotic Vehicle Trainer is a realistic video game that simulates combat environments using the same controls as actual robots used in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The design was the brainchild of Dr. Bernard Reger, Chief of the Combat Support and Munitions Systems Branch of the Armament Software Engineering Center. within the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC). Reger received the patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 28 (No. 7,860,614). The patent […]

Picatinny and New Jersey Institute of Technology Develop Color-Changing Paints to Enhance Soldier Safety

Picatinny and New Jersey Institute of Technology Develop Color-Changing Paints to Enhance Soldier Safety

[author type="author"]Tracy Robillard[/author] Red. Blue. Green. These aren’t just colors; they are indicators that show potential to enhance the safety of U.S. warfighters. Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, are working on a new paint formula that will tell Soldiers if their ammunition is safe to use, based on looking at the color. These thermal-indicating paints use thermochromic polymers to detect temperature ranges to which ammunition was exposed during transport or storage. A common example of a thermochromic object is a mood ring, which changes color in response to the wearer’s body temperature. The thermochromic element changes the wavelength of light when it is exposed to different temperatures. The same basic […]

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

Romanian Armed Forces Employ Latest U.S. Army Training Technologies

By John Daniele The Romanian armed forces’ training vision is to prepare leaders, Soldiers, and units for operational missions in support of NATO-International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and Kosovo, the European Union, United Nations, and Romanian national security interests. The Romanian land forces’ “commander’s intent” is to train to improve readiness and warfighting capabilities through tough, realistic, battle-focused combined arms training that is a combination of live, virtual, constructive, and gaming capabilities. Through the acquisition and integration of advanced training technologies, the Romanian armed forces say they will be better prepared to achieve this vision and improve leader and staff development and unit readiness. Security Assistance and Foreign Military […]