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Army Looking For New Inexpensive Portable Reconnaissance Drone

The Army is seeking a new short-range reconnaissance (SRR) drone that’s inexpensive, small enough to fit in a soldier’s pack, and simple enough to set up on the battlefield in a matter of minutes. Defense Innovation Unit, the Pentagon’s experimental technologies office, released a commercial solutions opening notice last week and will hold a series of […]

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Trump Makes Picks For Aviation Safety Panel Include Textron CEO

President Trump on Nov. 9 made his four appointments to the National Commission on Aviation Safety that will delve into and report on the recent spike in military aviation mishaps. The list of four names was issued early Friday without any explanation of the appointees qualifications or background. Topping the four bulleted names is industry […]

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Army Awards Fibrotex USA 10-Year, $480 Million To Deliver New Ultra-Light Camouflage

The Army has tapped Fibrotex USA for its next-generation ultra-light camouflage program with a 10-year, $480 million deal to deliver a system capable of improved concealment from advanced battlefield sensors in all weather conditions. Fibrotex is tasked with delivering the new Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) to replace the Army’s legacy camouflage, with work expected […]

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper (right) speaking at the American Enterprise Institute. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Esper: INF Treaty Withdrawal Could Help Army Meet Future Long-Range Missile Goals

The Secretary of the Army on Thursday said a potential move to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty could set the service up to go after missile technology needed for future multi-domain operations. Secretary Mark Esper, during a discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, called the Army’s long-range precision fires effort his top […]

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HASC Leaders Make Appointments to Aviation Safety Commission

Both of the top two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee have made their appointments to the eight-member blue-ribbon panel charged with studying an ongoing military aviation crisis. The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety was created by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to provide civilians oversight of an aviation readiness review being […]

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Army Awards Contracts For Program To Develop New War Gaming Prototypes

The Army has awarded two developments contracts for its program to build new war gaming tools, as the service looks to take greater advantage of commercially available software for battlefield simulations. Matrix Games and a team from the Atlantic Council and Big Parser have been selected for the Prototype Athena program and are tasked with […]

Lt. Col. Mike Baker, product manager for handheld and manpack radios, hold one of the Army's new two channel radios. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Officials: Army Taking Open Approach To New Technologies For Integrated Tactical Network

Army officials last week said their new package of technologies to deliver a more secure, mobile tactical network will not remain fixed, with the service looking to consistently incorporate new capabilities to meet requirements for sharing “secure but unclassified” data on the battlefield. Soldiers participating in this month’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise will have […]

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Boeing Gets Order for Four More Special Ops Chinooks

Boeing [BA] on Nov. 2 received a $43 million boost to a contract it already holds to build MH-47Gs for U.S. Special Operations Command. The $42.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification is for four new build MH-47G heavylift aircraft. “The contract modification satisfies an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing […]

Col. Arthur Sellers, battle commander for the Army's 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne, stands in front of the Command Post Computing Environment in a tactical operation center at NIE 18.2 in Ft. Bliss. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Tests Future Command Post Mission System At Last NIE Exercise

FT BLISS, Texas–The Army is handing over its future command post mission system to soldiers this week at its last Network Integration Evaluation, with the goal of using immediate soldier feedback to finalize requirements ahead of a 2019 fielding decision. Soldiers participating in the NIE at Ft. Bliss in Texas and White Sands Missile Range […]