Agility Drives Global Logistics Mission

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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.

Battlefield 2050: Attack of the Robots

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Battlefield 2050: Attack of the Robots

The battlefield of the not-too-distant future is likely to be crowded with “all manner of robots” that “greatly outnumber human fighters,” a new Army report predicts.

Flesh-and-blood troops remaining in the fight will be “super humans” who are “physically and mentally augmented with enhanced capabilities” to heighten their senses, improve situational awareness, and boost interaction with fellow soldiers, according to the U.S. Army Research Laboratory workshop report, “Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050.”

Wanted: Minidrone for Combat Troops

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Wanted: Minidrone for Combat Troops

The Army wants to invest in a new type of personal drone kit for use by combat soldiers on the battlefield. The Common Light Autonomous Robotics Kit, or CLARK, is envisioned as a pocket-sized system designed to give troops on the ground a way to conduct close reconnaissance and investigate threats from safe distances.

Milley: DCGS Falls Short Tactically

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Milley: DCGS Falls Short Tactically

The Army’s primary battlefield system for improving visual and situational awareness is performing “reasonably well” at echelons above brigade but remains problematic at the tactical level, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A.