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 […]

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

Arizona Proving Ground Works to Make Mortars More Accurate Than Ever

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The Army has just finished its 10th winter in Afghanistan, a country in which mountainous terrain often means that the only practical method of providing indirect fire support is the mortar. In addition to being easily portable, emplaced, and fired, mortars can be fired with high-arcing trajectories that are invaluable during assaults on insurgents in the mountains. The mortar’s only drawback is its relative lack of accuracy, but that has now changed. As DOD’s premier test center for artillery and mortars, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), AZ, is at the forefront in developing guided artillery and mortar projectiles. The technology has evolved to such a degree […]

New Picatinny IDEA Program Fosters Innovation for Future Army Technology

New Picatinny IDEA Program Fosters Innovation for Future Army Technology

While reading a ski magazine in 2008, Penn State University engineering student Adam Druga had a flash of inspiration that set him on a path he called “absolutely adventurous.” But it was no snow trail. Druga’s path has been that of an inventor. Druga was reading about a new material being used to protect skiers when he fashioned his idea: to combine the new material with another in just the right way and so produce a lightweight yet flexible material that could protect Soldiers from bullets and shrapnel. Now a mechanical engineer working on a team that designs gun mounts at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center […]

Three New Munitions From Picatinny Light Up Night Sky for Warfighters

Three New Munitions From Picatinny Light Up Night Sky for Warfighters

[author type="author"]Tracy Robillard[/author] Soldiers now have capabilities to engage the enemy far more effectively during nighttime operations, following the recent full materiel release (FMR) of three infrared (IR) illuminating rounds. The term FMR signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable, and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers. [quote align="left"]IR illumination burns longer and significantly increases the area of battlefield illumination, and its performance is less sensitive to temperature and firing conditions compared to the standard visible light illumination.[/quote] The M1064 105mm IR Illuminating Cartridge, the M1066 155mm IR Illuminating Projectile, and the M992 40mm IR Illuminant Cartridge […]

Engineers Innovate for Burster Tube Production

Engineers Innovate for Burster Tube Production

Tom Peske Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) employees recently improved a process to produce burster tubes, ensuring that the products would be made in the U.S. and to a high standard of quality. CAAA was asked by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to take over production of the M54 burster tube, which is a component in a type of M110A2 projectile produced at Pine Bluff Arsenal, AR. SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION The M54 burster tube has a history of being difficult to produce. Due to a lack of capable suppliers, ARDEC had to pour a small production run of burster tubes to support […]

Realistic Simulated Bleeding System for Wound Training Saves Lives

Realistic Simulated Bleeding System for Wound Training Saves Lives

Sara Baragona What started as an idea of how to make training more realistic for medics has developed into a commercial product used by numerous military and civilian organizations in the United States and abroad. Effective training of medics is vital, given that a high percentage of fatalities and disabilities result from delays in effective hemorrhage control. Realistic training helps prepare medics for what may be a shocking sight, allowing them to take appropriate action with minimal delay in the line of duty. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death. Army medics learn to treat wounded warriors during Combat Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Then-SGT Lynn […]