Posts Tagged ‘US Army’

Gen. Craddock Says: Leave Troops, Nukes in Europe

January 21, 2009

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NATO Supreme Allied Commander – Europe (SACEUR) General Bantz Craddock has endorsed recommendations by a special Pentagon commission which confirmed the need to retain US nuclear weapons in Europe.

General Craddock, who previously served as Commander, US Army Europe, also said the U.S. command needs to retain four Army brigades, instead of cutting to two as has been proposed, and needs to retain current Air Force and Navy force levels.

Read more on Gen. Craddock’s remarks at Government Executive

Greener US Army Leases Electric Vehicles

December 15, 2008

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The US Army will lease 4,000 electric vehicles to use for on-post transportation at bases in the Continental United States. The electric vehicles are not only “green” as in environmentally friendly; they will also save the Army some “green”. The yearly energy bill for each electric vehicle is slated to be only $ 400, compared with $ 2,000 for gasoline or diesel vehicles in the current Army motor pool.

Composites key to lighter, more mobile vehicles

December 14, 2008

 

 

The future of the Army’s land vehicles is taking shape on a cement slab in a grassy field at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Maryland) where a medium-caliber gun blasts away at point-blank range at an aluminum hull hung with pads of exotic new armor plate.

After the murderous fire pierces, bends and shreds the protective materials, Army engineers study the damage and draw lessons for the next try.

It’s all part of the high-stakes effort to develop lightweight composites that outperform traditional steel.

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Boeing and Creative Technologies Train US Soldiers for War

December 13, 2008
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Boeing has announced a teaming arrangement with Creative Technologies Inc. (CTI) of Hollywood, Calif., to explore new training solutions for the military and law enforcement. The agreement brings together Boeing’s expertise in aviation training systems and CTI’s experience in game-based simulations for ground forces training.

“This agreement allows us to take what we do well and translate it into new possibilities for Boeing in the ground training and simulation arena,” said Mark McGraw, vice president for Training Systems and Services, a division of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Global Services and Support. “We are committed to finding new ways to use the talents of both companies to expand the services we’re able to offer the military.”

The agreement formalizes an ongoing relationship — CTI is a contributor to the Boeing Future Combat Systems program, and Boeing and CTI are partners in the U.S. Army’s Fires Center of Excellence integration effort at Fort Sill, Okla. The Army approached Boeing and CTI to offer guidance in developing an organization and a training strategy to consolidate the Army’s Air Defense Artillery School and Center, previously based at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the Field Artillery School and Center based at Fort Sill. The Boeing-CTI team is making recommendations for potential synergies and long-term training strategies while developing a technology plan to support current and future Fires Center of Excellence missions.

“We’re excited to combine Boeing’s industry leadership and broad range of capabilities with CTI’s know-how, relationships and agility,” said CTI President and CEO James Korris. “Simulation for ground forces and law enforcement is still, in many ways, in its infancy; we look forward to helping shape this evolving market. We’ve had a great run with Boeing. We’re thrilled to be their teammate.”

One possible area of growth is deployable field-artillery training for soldiers who are either in-theater or home between deployments. “These trainers would be designed to travel to a soldier’s home base or directly to the front lines to keep our warfighters current on their artillery skills,” said McGraw.

John McCain Foresees Afghanistan Surge Success

December 9, 2008
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“Here in Afghanistan and in neighboring Pakistan we’re at a tough place, but we have confidence that working with our allies here, working with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the new effort and the new resources that will be brought in we can conclude these fights as successfully as we’re progressing in Iraq,” US Senator John S. McCain said while touring war-torn Afghanistan. Read the complete article.

Army May Look to ‘Modular’ Future Carbine

December 8, 2008
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The  U.S. Army is starting to shop around for a new weapon to replace the M4 carbine, writes Danger Room’s Noah Schachtman. Earlier this month, the service held an invitation-only expo in Arlington, Va., for small arms manufacturers to get a feel for what kind of small arms technology is currently on the market.

Several major gun manufacturers took part in the industry day, including Heckler & Koch, FN Herstal, Colt Defense, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson. But smaller outfits like Precision Reflex (a maker of accessories for the AR15/M16) and Barrett Firearms (best known as a manufacturer of a .50-caliber sniper rifle) also took part.

Iraqis make progress on logistics

November 24, 2008

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For a long time, the shortcomings of Iraqi security forces were glaringly obvious in an often underappreciated aspect of war fighting: logistics.

Without a ready supply of spare parts, fuel for vehicles, trained mechanics and ammunition chiefs, combat operations can come to a grinding halt. That’s what happened in 2007, for example, when a group of Iraqi soldiers, en route to a raid on suspected terrorists in the country’s north, got stuck on the roadside. They simply ran out of gasoline.

Logistics are “the lifeblood of any operation,” said U.S. Army Col. Edward Dorman, chief logistician for Multi-National Corps–Iraq.

Dorman has spent the past year trying to eliminate the Iraqi security forces’ weakness in logistics, a shortcoming that has hindered efforts to turn them into a self-reliant military.

Read the full article at S&S

radar soon to be operational in Israel

November 24, 2008

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The U.S. radar recently deployed to Israel to help it defend against a potential missile attack from Iran is in the midst of final tests and will soon be operational, according to a spokesman for the U.S. European Command mission.

The radar was delivered to Israel in September and is reported to be capable of tracking a baseball-size object from a distance of 2,900 miles. It is intended to help Israel by enabling it to more rapidly activate its missile defense system in the event of an attack.

Army Maj. Bryan Woods, a spokesman for the U.S. military team in Israel, said the radar should be operational by mid-December.

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‘Right-Sizing’ Top Challenge for the Army

November 24, 2008

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Figuring out the proper end strength for the Army ranks at the top of several short- and long-term challenges facing the service as a new administration prepares to take control early next year, Inside Defense cites the Army secretary.

Will Army Drop M-4?

November 24, 2008

 

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After pressure from Congress — and a scathing cover story in Army Times — it looks as if the Army may finally part ways with the M4 carbine — or at least consider the alternatives, writes Nathan Hodge at Wired.com.

Last week, the service held an invitation-only expo in Arlington, Va., for small arms manufacturers. The event, according to an Army news release, allowed top brass “to get a look at what technology is available from weapons manufacturers in the way of small arms — in particular, for something that could be a follow-on to the M4 carbine.”