Outcome of Future Battles Rests with New Army Command

Image
Title
Outcome of Future Battles Rests with New Army Command

The U.S. Army Futures Command is the service’s “scout into the future,” and what it does “will determine victory or defeat on future battlefields,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said Aug. 24 as the new organization was activated in Austin, Texas.

Agility Drives Global Logistics Mission

Image
Title
Agility Drives Global Logistics Mission

Agility will be the key to meeting the logistical challenges of providing for the warfighter on a more dispersed battlefield, DoD’s chief logistician says.

Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, director of the Defense Logistics Agency, said support for the U.S. military’s global mission has moved from that of a regional static supply chain to one that can respond more quickly through strong partnerships with all the services across the globe.

Biggest Army Challenge Is a Really Big Fight

Image
Title
Biggest Army Challenge Is a Really Big Fight

The Army needs to think big when preparing for future combat, a former DoD policy and force structure planner told a House committee.

“We need to field armed forces that possess depth and resilience, to be able to fight, accept damage and recover,” said Tom Mahnken of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, who worked on the 2006 and 2010 Quadrennial Defense Reviews and on the National Defense Strategy Commission. “Today our forces lack readiness and are in dire need of modernization.

AUSA 2017: Event Spotlights Soldier Protection

Image
Title
AUSA 2017: Event Spotlights Soldier Protection

New industry designs to enhance soldier protection are one of the key exhibit hall themes during this week’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Saab Defense and Security, for example, is displaying its new Barracuda Mobile Breakaway camouflage system. According to Brian Keller, president and general manager of Saab Barracuda, the new system is already being fielded to U.S Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The system combines some mobile camouflage elements with traditional static camouflage designs.

Smaller Chain of Command Might Aid Soldiers

Image
Title
Smaller Chain of Command Might Aid Soldiers

March 17, 2017

A former Army strategist and current defense consultant says the U.S. military needs to largely forget the past so it can prepare for the future.

Army Must Develop New Ground Combat Vehicles

Image
Title
Army Must Develop New Ground Combat Vehicles

One of the Army’s chief strategists warns of “urgent” need to upgrade Army ground combat platforms due to increased lethality of the modern battlefield.

Army Should Host ‘Swarm Games’

Image
Title
Army Should Host ‘Swarm Games’

It would bear no resemblance to the Olympics, but a new report suggests that the Army set up and host an annual “swarm games.”

The idea took root last fall when Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall asked the Defense Science Board to ruminate on the potential combat implications of “swarming” large numbers of simple, low-cost, “disposable” objects against small numbers of complex, high-cost, multifunctional objects.

Building a Better Trigger Finger

Image
Title
Building a Better Trigger Finger

Army researchers are hoping to figure out how stimulating arm and hand muscles with vibrations might help soldiers become steadier, more accurate marksmen.

The research is in its early phases and practical applications may be years away, but scientists say the effort could lead to devices that might someday be built into combat weapons to enhance trigger control and improve firing accuracy.