High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

High-Tech Army Device Helps Mobile Infantry in Combat

Nett Warrior has already been deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan By Kris Osborn The Army is upgrading and more widely deploying a cutting-edge battlefield force-tracking technology for dismounted Soldiers, enabling them to know the locations of their fellow Soldiers and more quickly find, identify, target and destroy enemy fighters. Called Nett Warrior, the technology is a cell-phone-like device showing graphics on a small, digital moving map identifying fast-moving combat information. “The power of this is to network the Soldier,” Lt. Col. Adrian Marsh, Product Manager, Ground Soldier System, told Scout Warrior in an interview. The Army plans to more-widely deploy Nett Warrior, which has already been fielded […]

Lessons learned in FMS

Lessons learned in FMS

By Col. Michael E. Sloane and Mr. Charles Meixner Foreign military sales (FMS) are a team sport. Success requires a great deal of coordination and contributions from the Army acquisition enterprise and other Army-specific agencies that participate in the FMS process with partner nations, including the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the U.S. Department of State, among others. FMS cases require the support of life-cycle management commands; research, development and engineering commands; and program executive offices (PEOs). One of the primary reasons that FMS is a team sport, and a vigorous one at that, is […]

Innovation to win in a complex world

Innovation to win in a complex world

FROM THE ARMY ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE THE HONORABLE HEIDI SHYU Investing in S&T to confront the future threat In October 2014, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command rolled out the latest Army Operating Concept (AOC), titled “Win in a Complex World.” This AOC details how the Army of the future will strengthen capabilities across multiple domains as part of a joint partnership to ensure dominance against “determined, elusive, and increasingly capable enemies.” Simultaneously, it challenges our forces to “conduct expeditionary maneuver through rapid deployment and transition to operations.” The increasing proliferation of technologies to diverse and capable enemies means the Army must be prepared for a wider and more varied threat […]

Army looks for new pistol

Army looks for new pistol

By PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 8, 2015) — The Army moved closer to releasing its long-awaited solicitation for a new, modern handgun system when it hosted a fourth industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, July 8. The Army named the new weapon the “XM17” Modular Handgun System. It will replace the current M9 standard Army handgun with a more state-of-the-art weapon system. “More than 20 companies attended the event,” said Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson. Federal procurement restrictions do not allow the disclosure of the names of firms participating, she said. The government presented changes to its latest draft solicitation for the XM17, which […]

Vested Interest

Vested Interest

PEO Soldier and DLA devised a way to upgrade the body armor vest for just half the cost of replacement, potentially saving tens of millions By MAJ Chris Getter It’s not every day you can get half off the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that’s exactly what a team from the Product Manager for Soldier Protective Equipment (PdM SPE) and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLA-TS) has done. Their efforts are now culminating in the first deliveries of more than 148,000 Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest (Gen III IOTV) body armor conversion kits, acquired at approximately half the cost of procuring new systems; $791 versus $413. […]

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

By JD Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 19, 2012) — Today, both male and female Soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer a new type of body armor, designed for them, that will be shorter in the torso with more customized adjustments specific to the female form. Until that happens, the 14 percent of the Army who are women will continue to wear one of the 11 sizes of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that are worn by their male counterparts. Following anthropomorphic sizing and fitting studies overseas, and also at Fort Bragg, N.C., […]

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 9, 2013) — The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25 is currently in the “engineering and manufacturing development phase,” not yet ready for fielding. “That’s where we are developing the subsystems, which would be the weapon, the fire control, and the programmable ammunition,” he said. “[We are] integrating it all to work together […]

#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 15, 2010) — The Army christened the new Ground Soldier System June 14 with a name that honors World War II Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert B. Nett. The system, now in development, will be lighter and more advanced than the current Land Warrior Strike system now being used by a brigade in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to officials at Program Manager Land Warrior. The next generation of the system will now be called “Nett Warrior.” The Army made the naming announcement during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on the Army’s birthday. Col. Wil Riggins, program manager for […]

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 10, 2009) — Col. Patricia Ryan expected an uphill climb last spring when, as a lieutenant colonel, she volunteered to deploy to Kuwait to oversee the Rapid Fielding Initiative’s staging and fielding facility operations in Kuwait and Afghanistan. After all, she was an MP, and by no means a logistician. Only a week later, she ranked her job as the assignment of a lifetime. “You can’t help but love coming to work every day,” said Ryan, a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, just before her return to the States last fall. “Soldiers are aware that […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]