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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…)

Managing the Transition: Matching Army Robotics Force Structure and Strategy

LTC Stuart Hatfield Army RoboticsLieutenant Colonel Stuart Hatfield is the Robotics Branch Chief, Dominant Maneuver Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Department of the Army in the Pentagon, where he manages the Army’s $800 million budget for Robotics and Unmanned Ground Systems. LTC Hatfield is the Army Staff lead integrator for Unmanned Ground Systems, and he co-chairs the Joint Staff Unmanned Ground Systems Integrated Product Team to synchronize concepts, requirements, technology, and standards for remote and autonomous systems across the Department of Defense. LTC Hatfield was honored by the National Defense Industrial Association as the 2012 Ground Robotics Champion.

Interview by UTS Editor George Jagels

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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…)

Equipping to Achieve the Decisive Edge

BG Paul Ostrowski, Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier

In January, Armor & Mobility spoke with the head of the Army’s soldier equipment acquisition office, PEO Soldier, about his office’s priorities now and going forward.

BG Ostrowski was interviewed by A&M Editor Kevin Hunter.

A&M: Please speak to your role as Program Executive Officer-Soldier and describe your office’s mission.  

BG Ostrowski: PEO Soldier is ultimately responsible for the acquisition of many of the equipment items worn or carried by the dismounted soldier. We develop, acquire, field, and sustain the best equipment available as quickly as possible so our soldiers can remain protected, lethal, and situationally aware on the battlefield. We are always looking for new innovative technologies to give our troops the decisive edge.

We collaborate with our joint partners to efficiently get the best equipment in the hands of warfighters. The Advanced and Enhanced Combat Helmets, Nett Warrior, M4A1 Carbine, M320 Grenade Launcher, Enhanced Vision Goggle, M110, Pelvic Protection System, helmet sensors, M240B, Thermal Weapons Sights, and Joint Effects Targeting System represent just a small number of the numerous joint program efforts we have established and maintained.

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First Aid: More than Meets the Eye

The Army is now issuing to soldiers the more robust, more streamlined “Individual First Aid Kit II” as replacement for the older kit, which was built inside an ammunition pouch for a Squad Automatic Weapon. (C. Todd Lopez)

 

By C. Todd Lopez, Army Staff Writer, in coordination with DoD Vision Center of Excellence

This article appeared in the Q1 2014 issue of Combat & Casualty Care magazine.

The Individual First Aid Kit II (IFAK II) contains all the supplies of the old kit, with the addition of a second tourniquet, a tactical combat casualty card to annotate what kind of first aid was applied to a wounded soldier, a marker, an eye shield, a rubber seal with a valve for sucking chest wounds, and a strap cutter. The kit fits inside a custom pouch that can be mounted out-of-the-way on the back of a soldier’s Improved Outer Tactical Vest.

“That’s typically low-rent real estate there,” said Major Peter Stambersky, assistant product manager of soldier clothing and individual equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier, Fort Belvoir, VA. “Guys don’t use it too much.”

Pouch Parceled 

The pouch has “US IFAK” printed on its rear, so soldiers may easily identify its contents, Stambersky said. The individual tourniquet pouches also contain customizable removable tabs that allow soldiers to hand write their blood type or unit on the kit.While the new first aid kit can be mounted on a soldier’s back, it is designed to be easily accessible when needed for both right-handed and lefthanded soldiers.

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Electrons to the Lowest Echelon

The Army and USMC Get Power to Dismounted Troops

By George Jagels

Over the past ten years, American warfighters have become increasingly technologically advanced. More and more soldiers and Marines carry GPS, smartphones, networked radios, nightvision systems, and laptops. These devices give Americans an edge on the battlefield few can match; from long-distances to the darkest night, U.S. personnel talk to and see each other remarkably well. Through this interconnectedness and awareness, the dismounted squad, which the Army has been focusing on beefing up, might be able to achieve a major goal: supremacy over adversaries in the same way U.S. armor and air branches face no peer competitors.

This equipment, however, does not come “free.” With more power, so to speak, comes more responsibility—much of which literally ends up on the backs of soldiers and Marines. Though their capabilities are improved, the overall weight carried by warfighters changed little during the last decade (the soldier humps about 16 pounds of batteries, according to the Army). As a result, the DoD must strive for a near perfect balance: lower weight and greater capability.

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Draw Down And Build Up

Brace Yourself. An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, braces himself while his crew’s D-30 122 mm howitzer fires during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013.

An Afghan National Army soldier from 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, braces himself while his crew’s D-30 122 mm howitzer fires during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013.

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TDM’s Brief Retech Recap

In support of DoD Power, Energy & Propulsion, our magazine focusing on the military’s operational energy needs, Tactical Defense Media headed to RETECH 2013. Held annually in the DC area, RETECH works hard to inform the renewables industry on federal government and military energy requirements that they can fill. Here’s a short list of some comments we found interesting.

USAF Perspective

In the conference’s opening session, Douglas Tucker, Senior Facilities Energy Engineer, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, discussed the USAF’s requirements. He reinforced the idea that efficiency is critical—particularly in forward-deployed bases—while noting that in CONUS facilities are so diverse that one renewable energy standard for the whole service is very difficult to achieve. Moreover, he said, renewable energy must be “cost competitive and reliable.”

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Defense Notes: Radios,Smartphones, and Renewable Energy for the Army; Drones Get a Bad Rap

  • The Army has awarded General Dynamics a $5 million contract for 100 MUOS channel kits to upgrade its 100 PRC-155s, reports DoD Buzz. “With a smartphone-like flow of information, the upgraded PRC-155 radios will allow soldiers to access the MUOS communications system wherever they are deployed, on foot or from land vehicles, ships, submarines and aircraft.”
  • Aoptix and CACI recently received a contract from the Pentagon to develop Smart Mobile Identity devices. Aoptix will be integrating its biometric (iris,face, voice) capabilities into smartphones. This should lessen the load of deployed soldiers who now use a device devoted solely to this purpose. “We are pleased to have been selected by the DoD for this important project which will leverage our next-generation Smart Mobile Identity platform,” said Dean Senner, Chairman and CEO of AOptix. “Users of these systems in-field will benefit from a more compact, lightweight, versatile and accurate identity verification device than has previously been available. We are especially pleased to be working with CACI, leveraging its experience deploying sophisticated solutions for government agencies.”
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