Category Archives: Armor & Mobility

Holistic Training: Shaping the Whole Operator

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U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Ft. Bragg, NC are trained to operate in highly challenging environments, with no support or friendly forces.

By LTC Joseph Long and Janice Burton

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The Rirak – the latest in Automated UGV tech from Kairos Autonomi

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Technology like the Robotic Applique Kit are the wave of the future for combat. The struggle to produce safe, effective, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) systems for the U.S. Military is at a fever pitch as many competing technologies and approaches strive to find a way around the fact that a “people sensor” does not yet exist. Until such a class of sensors exists with developed, proven software, viable autonomous systems will always be 5-10 years out. (more…)

Delta Company’s Deactivation: What Does the Future Hold for USMC Tank Battalions?

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An Exclusive Interview with Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Bodisch, Commanding Officer of 2nd Tank Battalion

By Josh Cohen

On Thursday, June 4th 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Bodisch presided over the deactivation ceremony for one of his battalion’s tank companies, an operational loss of fourteen M1A1 main battle tanks, leaving the 2nd Marine Division’s 2nd Tank Battalion able to field only three companies at any one time. (more…)

JLTV: The Humvee’s Next Generation

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Replacing the Humvee for tomorrow’s soldiers

by Kevin Hunter

Replacing a legend is never easy, but the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is on track to do just that. DoD’s long-awaited replacement for the Humvee, JLTV will come in two variants—two-seat utility and four-seat close combat weapons carrier—and balance the “Iron Triangle” of protection, performance, and payload. With Milestone C testing complete, the Army expects down select to full-rate production contract award sometime late this summer. (more…)

Filling the Lethality Gap

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The Stryker readies for additional firepower.

By Christian Sheehy, TDM Managing Editor

The U.S. Army’s Stryker brigade combat team (SBCT) formation was designed to provide the infantry-based unit with a common vehicle in 10 different configurations. The combination of the varying configurations would enable the SBCT formation to conduct and support many different types of operations.

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Proven Endurance, Enhanced Network Assurance

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The Army’s combat-proven Stryker vehicle is now getting a high-speed network upgrade.

By Amy Walker and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T

Previously relying on the line-of-sight, radio based Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) for communications, select Strykers are now being equipped for the first time with the satellite-based network communications capabilities of Warfighter Network Information-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 and Blue Force Tracking (BFT) 2. (more…)

Test Phase Critical

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Gearing up to begin Limited User Testing (LUT) involving warfighter participation, the JLTV program continues to progress through an intensive, 14-month test portion of a 33-month Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase.

By Christian Sheehy, TDM Managing Editor

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Sustaining the Fleet Amid Fiscal Retreat

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An interview with Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology (ASA/AL&T).

As we say in the ASA/AL&T community, never send our soldiers into a fair fight. We are still facing significant fiscal challenges in the face of sequestration. Despite the supplemental funding provided by Congress at the start of 2014, our budget profile for beyond 2016 remains a cause of much concern. Since 2011, the last year of full engagement in Afghanistan, the Army’s research and development (R&D) and acquisition budget has decreased by nearly half. We are at great pains to achieve savings wherever possible. The decrease in budget has negatively impacted all our portfolios, with ground vehicle systems no exception.

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SOF Acquisition: Streamlining Processes to Maximize Readiness

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An interview with the Special Forces’ acquisition executive James Geurts.

A&M: How well does the acquisition structure you have in place work in terms of ensuring U.S. Special Forces get the equipment they need, when they need it, no matter where they are? 

Geurts: The structure works exceedingly well. The direct line of communications between the SOCOM Commander and me, as the Acquisition Executive, leading the Special Operations Research, Development, and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) team, streamlines the process for systems acquisition and ensures a thorough and complete understanding of the Commander’s guidance and intent. This directly translates into the accelerated fielding of the Special Operations Forces (SOF)-unique systems and equipment which provide our operators with the capabilities required to accomplish their assigned missions. It also allows me to continually shape SORDAC so that it is synchronized and responsive to dynamic SOF operational needs.

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