The Academic Angle

The Academic Angle

Leveraging students’ engineering expertise to bridge the gap between Soldier and system By Col. Michael E. Sloane, MAJ Toby Birdsell and Capt.(P) Tom Beyerl   Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers (PM SSL) is in the business of developing the most advanced maneuver and targeting sensors ever fielded. A sometimes unwanted adjunct to advancement, however, is complexity, one of the greatest enemies of usability. Recognizing this critical relationship, the PM SSL team continuously seeks opportunities, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Maneuver and Fires Centers of Excellence, to connect with current and prospective warfighters through “touch points,” warfighter juries that enable the PM SSL team to tailor equipment designs to […]

Fort Leonard Wood MPs test new body armor vest

Fort Leonard Wood MPs test new body armor vest

By Dawn Arden, Leonard Wood FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 16, 2014) — More than 20 Fort Leonard Wood military police officers tested the regiment’s newest body armor vests, last week. Both a concealed and non-concealed version were under scrutiny by MPs of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. According to Connie Respress, Capability Development Integration Directorate, Requirements Determination Division program action officer, Fort Leonard Wood was a logical choice for evaluation of the newest Family of Concealable Body Armor, or FoCBA. “Fort Leonard Wood has the MP Corps leaders, SMEs (subject matter experts) and Soldiers providing day-to-day operations as military police,” Respress said. Repress noted that Product Manager Soldier […]

ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

By Spc. Danielle Gregory   FORT SILL, Okla. – A new Army Combat Uniform with special consideration to the female form is now at Fort Sill, and it is being issued to new Soldiers going through basic combat training. The new uniform, several years in the making, was initially considered as being the first female-only uniform, but instead is now approved for both sexes and is being called ACU-A for Army Combat Uniform-Alternate. “We started issuing them slowly in April, and we’ve since been issuing them more frequently as our fitters get more comfortable placing Soldiers in them,” said Trevor Whitworth, central initial issue point (CIIP) project manager, where new […]

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Frank Lozano     POSITION: Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment UNIT: Program Executive Office Soldier Fort Belvoir, VA TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia, 1995-1996; Kuwait, 1999; Bosnia, 2001; Iraq, 2005 EDUCATION: B.A. History, Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? LOZANO: I am currently the program manager for Soldier Protective Equipment. My portfolio includes hard and soft body armor plates and vests as well as combat helmets, ballistic eyewear, concealable body armor, pelvic protection, and traumatic brain injury helmet sensors. Our products […]

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 Refining Airburst Technology

Army Refining Airburst Technology

Kris Osborn The Army is preparing to conduct a second Forward Operational Assessment of its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) airburst weapon system. Program managers are seeking to expedite development of the system, refine, and improve the technology, and ultimately begin formal production by the fall of 2014, service officials said Sep. 20 at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), Fort Benning, GA. The weapon fires a high-explosive airburst round capable of detonating at a specific, pre-determined point in space near an enemy target hidden or otherwise obscured by terrain or other obstacles. “The XM25 brings a new capability to the Soldier for the counter-defilade fight, allowing him to […]