Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Laser Weapons Will Protect Forward Operating Bases as part of an effort to save Soldier from incoming enemy attacks such as missiles, mortars and artillery. by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army is planning to deploy laser weapons able to protect Forward Operating Bases (FOB) by rapidly incinerating and destroying approaching enemy drones, artillery rounds, mortars and cruise missiles, service leaders told ScoutWarrior. Forward-deployed soldiers in places like Afghanistan are familiar with facing incoming enemy mortar rounds, rockets and gunfire attacks; potential future adversaries could launch drones, cruise missiles, artillery or other types of weapons at FOBs. Adding lasers to the arsenal, integrated with sensors and fire-control radar, could massively […]

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

By Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton and Andrew Davis In a continuing effort to close capability gaps more affordably while spurring advanced manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on April 1 inaugurated the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In December 2014, President Barack Obama identified advanced manufacturing as a key initiative for the future of the American economy by signing the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act into law, thereby formalizing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a multiagency initiative with a core focus on a series of MIIs. Carter is a strong advocate for the president’s […]

BEYOND GPS

BEYOND GPS

Pseudolites help pave the Army’s path to assured positioning, navigation and timing, providing a ‘protective bubble’ for Soldiers when satellite signals are degraded or denied. by Maj. Troy Houston If your personal GPS is wrong, the consequences can be maddening. If a Soldier’s GPS is wrong, the consequences can be disastrous. GPS has become so integral to daily life, and to military operations, that it’s easy to take for granted. But when GPS satellite signals are impeded or denied in a combat environment—by terrain conditions or enemy actions—it affects units’ ability to maintain initiative, coordinate movements, target fires and communicate on-the-move. As the threat environment changes and adversaries become more […]

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 24, 2016) — The White House announced a new manufacturing innovation center in Massachusetts April 1. In partnership with the Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute, according to a White House press release. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Hub will focus on “securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced at a ceremony at MIT’s Sandberg Conference Center. DOD’s Manufacturing Technology Program, known as ManTech, asked Army scientist Dr. […]

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

by Daniel P. Elkins, Operational Contract Support 2016 Public Affairs Cell More than 500 participants from across DOD recently spent three weeks running through the ins and outs of joint contracting and operational contract support readiness, as part of the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 (OCSJX-16) held in El Paso, Texas. Sponsored by the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff J-4, OCSJX exercises the full spectrum of contract support from operational through tactical levels. This year, OCSJX-16 used the U.S. Southern Command Panama Canal defense scenario to support training and assessment of operational contract support capabilities. The exercise integrated planning and key processes for OCS, and included a focus on […]

Army designing next-gen command posts

Army designing next-gen command posts

by Claire Heininger, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 12, 2016) — What should a command post look like? Ask three different commanders and you’re likely to get three different answers — even if they’re in the same unit. That’s one challenge the Army is facing as it works to deliver the next generation of command post equipment to support a more agile, expeditionary force. While the right technologies now exist — from wireless tactical networks to intelligent power systems to mission command apps — how they fit together will vary by formation, echelon and phase of operation. “It’s important not to decide what the physical form of something […]

Co-development effort leads to state-of-the-art UH-60M training simulator

Co-development effort leads to state-of-the-art UH-60M training simulator

by Brian Beall Army aviators seeking flight training on the UH-60M Black Hawk have a new, state-of-the-art option at their disposal, thanks to a joint effort of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) and the Program Executive Office for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer (BAT) provides Army UH-60M aviators with a high-fidelity, fully immersive flight training experience. It’s currently in operation at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Des Moines, Iowa. Up to 17 other locations might receive the BAT simulator, as well. AMRDEC is home to the Systems Simulation, Software and Integration (S3I) Directorate, which provides the Army and DOD […]

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

U.S. Army assesses cyber, electromagnetic spectrum’s role in the command post

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (May 3, 2016) – The U.S. Army brought together operational forces and elements from the cyber, training and doctrine, research and development, and acquisition communities to further define how the Army operationally adapts to cyber and electromagnetic threats here April 18-29. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii and the 7th Signal Command Cyber Protection Brigade from Fort Gordon, Georgia spent two weeks at the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, proofing new operations concepts in a realistic training scenario similar to what they would see at a National Training Center during “Cyber Blitz: Converged Brigade Combat Team Main […]

How industry can help Army medicine efficiently equip and sustain the force

How industry can help Army medicine efficiently equip and sustain the force

By Col. David R. Gibson It is no secret that the Army is in a time of great budget uncertainty and growing mission complexity. The velocity of this instability has increased substantially since the FY16 spending cap was set almost four years ago. Meanwhile, budgetary pressures build in light of the geopolitical reality unfolding around the world. The Army is faced with making risk-based tradeoffs among a portfolio of capabilities used to address known and unknown global contingency missions. In this context, Army medicine must pursue the development, procurement, fielding and sustainment of materiel solutions that optimize agility and flexibility. While the Army’s current missions may be widely diverse, some […]

Lateral Collaboration Reduces Costs

Lateral Collaboration Reduces Costs

Project management offices throughout DOD must effectively collaborate with other organizations to facilitate problem-solving and efficiency, and achieve additional savings for the taxpayer. by Lt. Col. Terry G. Crank, Mr. David A. Kondas and Ms. Tereasa M. Ferguson While many DOD organizations have little or no overlap between missions, there may be several organizations that have systems or processes in place that can be leveraged to help address substantial acquisition challenges. In the same way that Soldiers tactically coordinate between adjacent units in war, DOD organizations should apply this same concept throughout the acquisition community. The difficulty lies in determining how to apply this tactical imperative in a stovepiped environment […]