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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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Progress Through Versatility

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Will Optionally Piloted Vehicles Change the UAV Market?

By George Jagels

In April 2014, The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced successful demonstrations of its Autonomous Aerial Cargo and Utility System (AACUS). This open architecture platform is designed to enable new and legacy rotary aircraft to launch rapidly “from sea and land, fly in high/hot environments, and autonomously detect and negotiate precision landing sites in potentially hostile settings,” according to ONR.

Short-term, ONR’s goal for AACUS is to provide reliable resupply. Long-term, the system will be used for casualty evacuation by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in poor weather.

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Abundance and Utility

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For Military Operations, Liquid Fuels Remain a Solid Choice over Natural Gas

By Bret Strogen and Patrick Lobner

Military energy strategists often recount the British Royal Navy’s decision in the early twentieth century to convert ships from coal to oil fuel. This transition improved their capability by reducing fuel handling personnel, increasing ship speed, and doubling travel range, though it required expensive testing and retrofitting of ships with new engines, and introduced risks by relying on a less familiar fuel that would need to be sourced internationally (whereas British coal was plentiful).(1) In hindsight a smart and inevitable decision, at the time many experts argued against the shift. Today, similar to the Royal Navy’s decision point a hundred years ago, any shift away from liquid fuels must undergo intense scrutiny to ensure such a transition increases the U.S. military’s capability.

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Fielding Readiness Through Training

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An interview with Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army CBRN School, Colonel Jeffrey Brodeur.

By Kevin Hunter

CST & CBRNE: Please speak to your role and functions as Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army CBRN School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

COL Brodeur: As Assistant Commandant, my role is to continue to implement the vision of the previous Commandant and Chief of the Chemical Regiment, Brigadier General Peggy Combs. The task is both simple and complex. She articulated a clear vision; however, there are many challenges in trying to program resources to increase our capabilities over the next seven to ten years.

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An Evolutionary Vision

Army Special Ops Looks to the Future Armed with Lessons Learned from the Past

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By USASOC Public Affairs

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) is the Army component of the Joint Special Operations Command. Among the most diverse organizations in the U.S. military, USASOC brings a broad range of competencies and disciplines to support geographic combatant commanders and ambassadors worldwide. Established in 1989 to enhance the readiness of Army special operations forces, USASOC’s mission is twofold: organize, train, and equip Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) units and soldiers and deploy them worldwide to meet the requirements of war plans, geographic combatant commanders, and ambassadors.

Over the past 12 years, the lessons USASOC learned from Iraq and Afghanistan led to the creation of a strategic framework for change called ARSOF 2022. This blueprint focuses on specific areas that needed improvement to better enable theater special operations commands and joint force commanders to conduct SOF campaigns worldwide.

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The Army’s Evolving Network Backbone: The Benefits of WIN-T Increment 2

By Amy Walker, PEO C3T

This article was originally published in the March 2014 issue of Armor & Mobility.

To meet the Army’s new strategic priorities for readiness, responsiveness and regional engagement, ongoing advancements in the Army’s tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), are aiding the service in becoming more mobile, modular and adaptable.

“Future military operations will require reliable communications capabilities that can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world,” said Col. Ed Swanson, project manager for WIN-T. “WIN-T provides the tactical communications equipment and services to support the Army now and in the future. We are continually taking user feedback to enhance the network, while making it easier for soldiers to operate and maintain.”

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Soldier Weapons Review: 2013

By Kevin Doell, Public Affairs Specialist, PM Soldier Weapons, PEO Soldier

This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Armor & Mobility magazine. 
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There was significant activity on the Army small arms front in 2013. Leaders “pulled triggers” on decisions covering everything from which service rifle soldiers will carry for years to come, to new applications of remote weapon stations that make soldiers even more lethal on the battlefield. What follows are program updates provided by PEO Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) out of Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. PM SW leads the charge on Army small arms to ensure that soldiers on the battlefield have overmatch capabilities in individual and crew served weapons.

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The M4A1 Carbine Program

PM SW fielded approximately 9,000 M4A1 Carbines to the 101st Airborne Division early in the year and is in the process of procuring components that will enable the Army to convert existing M4s into M4A1s starting in the second quarter of FY 14. Compared to the M4, the M4A1 has a heavier barrel for greater barrel life, improved sustained rate of fire, fully automatic trigger and selector switch, consistent trigger pull, ambidextrous controls, and improved ergonomics. The Army is also conducting a forward rail competition that is exploring the feasibility of further improvements to zero retention.

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Operational Energy by the Numbers

Take a look at the DoD’s energy use by the numbers. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Sharon Burke has worked diligently over the past few years to make energy a greater consideration in acquisition and strategy. (Graphic courtesy of OASD OEPP)

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Weekly Defense Notes

In the interest of not being like every site and giving you a daily news round up, each Friday Guns Over Butter will try to publish a list of stories that interested us over the past seven days. The following is a shorter list than we expect in the future. Here’s to new beginnings…

-Army approves participation in AUSA Annual meeting in D.C.

-John Kerry is in Afghanistan to discuss a security pact with President Karzai. The Afghan president is interested in a mutual security treaty—much like a NATO obligation—but he has been notoriously difficult to deal with in the past. The agreement will be critical to U.S. and NATO planning over the coming years.

-Want more realistic combat training? Here’s a pilotless F-16 that will be used for target practice.
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Today’s Links

  • At Fort Sill, the Army holds a meeting to discuss Anti-UAS measures:

U.S. ground forces detect an enemy unmanned aircraft performing reconnaissance  over their forward operating base. Now the soldiers must determine how to  neutralize the Unmanned Aerial System threat: whether to jam the electronic  signal from its ground controller, kill the ground controller or shoot down the  Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS.

  • The Afghan Army is not retaining its soldiers too well these days, but at least they’re not joining the Taliban:

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