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  • Army aiming for vehicle-based Common Operating Environment

    Dec 19, 2011

    On the dynamic and complex battlefield, the Common Operating Environment will streamline communications between Soldiers in vehicles and higher headquarters, creating seamless interoperability between the computers, sensors and applications they use.

  • New system delivers water, fuel to Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2011

    The CUBE system promises a more reliable, cost-effective way to sling load vital liquids to the field.

  • Army finalizes STEM vehicle for recruiting trail

    Dec 19, 2011

    The Army will unveil the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle during All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio, Jan. 6, 2012.

  • Net Zero Waste workgroups hold kick-off focus session

    Dec 19, 2011

    Work continues to move forward on the Net Zero Waste program at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Bagram's digital detectives dig in

    Dec 19, 2011

    There is another war in Afghanistan. A war that has no armor or aircraft yet expands well beyond the boundaries of every nation known to man, the vast landscape of the digital realm.

  • CIO aims to consolidate, close 185 data centers by FY14

    Dec 16, 2011

    Before more than 500 information technology business representatives, the Army's chief information officer said Wednesday the service plans to consolidate data centers and close at least 185 by fiscal year 2014.

  • 1000 laser detecting sets ensure aircrew safety

    Dec 14, 2011

    In a Connecticut industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set, Dec. 7, 2011, which happened to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Army sees technology as future training component

    Dec 13, 2011

    As the Army moves into the future, it will continue to concentrate on both humanitarian assistance and building international partnerships, Unified Quest participants said. But the service will also, in an era of downsizing and constrained resources, still need to be trained and ready for conflict or war.

  • Pentagon developing next-generation helicopter equipment

    Dec 13, 2011

    The Army-led effort to design a next-generation vertical-lift aircraft that is faster, more capable and better equipped is heavily focused on leveraging advanced electronic and avionics capabilities, service officials explained.

  • Army Cyber hosts Brazilian delegation

    Dec 12, 2011

    Members of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and Office of the Secretary of Defense hosted officials from Ministry of Defence of Brazil Dec. 5-7, 2011, in Virginia, symbolizing the second official visit from a foreign country since the command stood up over a year ago.

  • Mine rollers designed to blow up, save lives

    Dec 12, 2011

    Albert Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with mine rollers installations.

  • Army activates first-of-its-kind Cyber Brigade

    Dec 9, 2011

    The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command activated the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense, Dec. 1, 2011, at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Pentagon, Army developing future, next-generation helicopter fleet

    Dec 9, 2011

  • Soldier feedback shaping next-generation blue force tracking, handhelds

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Army's next-generation friendly force tracking system that aims to transform communications for dismounted Soldiers is capitalizing on user feedback as it steps closer to deployment.

  • Army developing next-generation helicopter

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology effort designed to engineer, build and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes and payload capacity, service officials said.

  • Tobyhanna cuts costs for TRC-190 radio mission

    Dec 7, 2011

    Employee dedication to process improvement has cut costs for Tobyhanna Depot's AN/TRC-190 radio support mission, which saw its 1,000th system inducted for the repair program called Reset.

  • Engineering unique tastes at West Point

    Dec 6, 2011

    West Point chemical engineering cadets and members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club work in the "West Point Chocolate Factory," exploring the science behind making the most amazing chocolate.

  • M119A2 Howitzer upgrade provides quicker firepower

    Dec 6, 2011

    Soldiers are one step closer to receiving a digitized M119A2 howitzer that will make it possible for them to start firing rounds and evade return fire quicker.

  • Army streamlining network management through NIEs

    Dec 6, 2011

    As it makes major upgrades to its tactical communications network, the Army is also revamping the way Soldiers can monitor and manage network performance in real time.

  • Army evaluates company command posts at NIE 12.1

    Dec 2, 2011

    Soldiers recently finished evaluation of three variants of the "Company Command Post Node" as part of Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • MQ-9 'Reaper' finds training home at Fort Drum

    Dec 1, 2011

    The MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned aerial system can be seen in the airspace above Fort Drum, N.Y., now that Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield has been established as a home base for training missions.

  • Picatinny provides Soldiers with quicker, safer mortar fire control system

    Dec 1, 2011

    The M150/M151 Mortar Fire Control System - Dismounted provides mortarmen with increased speed and effectiveness previously only available to the mounted mortar systems using fire control. It makes dismounted 120mm mortars easier to fire and keeps Soldiers safer.

  • Students challenge, question Watervliet Arsenal techniques, procedures

    Nov 30, 2011

    Students from Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services visited Watervliet Arsenal this month to learn how the Army uses science and technology to help war fighters survive and win on the modern battlefield.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot fulfills urgent Army need

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas turned around ten UH-60 Black Hawk gearboxes in a record ten days to fulfill urgent Army need.

  • Depot completes its 48th Black Hawk

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, achieved an unprecedented milestone, completing a record 48th UH-60 Black Hawk recapitalization. The recap program is the Army's effort to reduce costs of replacing aging helicopters with new ones.

  • New satellite terminal training, fielding facility 'smart' move for Army

    Nov 28, 2011

    As the Army looks for innovative solutions to slim its financial waistline, a new facility for the advanced version of its protected satellite terminal has consolidated centralized production, training and fielding in one location in an effort to save millions of dollars.

  • Rifleman Radio completes key operational test at NIE

    Nov 28, 2011

    An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

  • Army successfully launches Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator

    Nov 23, 2011

    The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully launched an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator Nov. 17, 2011.

  • NASA Goldstone tracked asteroid approach

    Nov 23, 2011

    NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Network facility is playing a key role in tracking an asteroid that approached Earth last week.

  • Space researchers test equipment at Fort Irwin

    Nov 23, 2011

    Fort Irwin Soldiers got a chance to help test equipment last week that they may never have imagined they'd see when they joined the Army.

  • Anniston Army Depot resets 1,000th Stryker

    Nov 22, 2011

    Over a two-year span, Anniston Army Depot, Ala., and General Dynamics Land Systems have reset 1,000 Strykers.

  • HELLFIRE team sustaining fight, cutting costs

    Nov 21, 2011

    HELLFIRE missiles are the primary precision air-to-ground weapon used by joint and coalition services. Having a Forward Test and Repair Facility for them is saving the Army money.

  • Fort Meade launches web app for smart phones

    Nov 21, 2011

    The popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices has changed the way we communicate, and the Fort Meade, Md., Public Affairs Office is taking advantage of those changes.

  • Tripler Medical Simulation Center achieves SSH accreditation

    Nov 21, 2011

    The Tripler Army Medical Center Medical Simulation Center in Hawaii recently achieved the Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditation.

  • Signal School trains using QR codes, latest technology

    Nov 20, 2011

    The signal school at Fort Gordon, Ga., is developing mobile training content which uses technology referred to as "Link Code" to train Soldiers.

  • PEO Ammunition team wins DOD's highest award

    Nov 18, 2011

    A Program Executive Office for Ammunition team at Picatinny Arsenal recently garnered a prestigious award for its acquisition efforts while providing Soldiers with a more reliable and better performing round.

  • Army concludes second Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army has concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, moving closer to deploying an integrated battlefield network after collecting valuable Soldier feedback on the latest tactical communications technologies.

  • Army tests Advanced Hypersonic Weapon over Pacific

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army conducted its first test Thursday of a new weapon designed to fly several times the speed of sound.

  • Army tests new water, fuel bladders for airdrop

    Nov 17, 2011

    Army paratroopers completed two test drops Nov. 10, 2011, to certify a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  • Vice chief visits Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 17, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli met with Soldiers and key leaders of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Nov. 15, 2011, to get an update on the Network Integration Evaluation and first-hand feedback on some of the Army's newest communication technology.

  • Army seeks clean energy with new power station

    Nov 16, 2011

    Army, government and private industry leaders came together last week to celebrate the startup of a system at Fort Benning's landfill designed to capture methane and convert it to electricity.

  • Military researchers discuss finding more bang for buck

    Nov 15, 2011

    Military officials mingled with thousands of industry representatives Nov. 7-10, 2011, for MILCOM 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual event is touted by its organizers as the "premier international conference for military communications."

  • Commanding troops 'on the move' during NIE

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army is evaluating the mission command-on-the-move capabilities that allow Soldiers to communicate vertically and laterally through voice and data in a tactical operational environment.

  • Soldiers test network, shape future of Army

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network.

  • Satellite terminals work in tandem with technology at NIE

    Nov 14, 2011

    Ground satellite terminals are being leveraged in the Army's most recent Network Integration Evaluation highlighting its objective to ensure that new technologies and network improvements work hand-in-hand with presently fielded systems.

  • New ammunition combines four artillery cartridges into one

    Nov 14, 2011

    The Program Executive Office for Ammunition has started testing a new artillery round that will provide Soldier's with superior performance as well as lighten the military logistics burden.

  • JIEDDO working to reverse trend for larger IEDs in Afghanistan

    Nov 10, 2011

    The amount of explosives used in improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan is increasing, while at the same time, the number of attacks are at "historic highs."

  • World War II vet still serving

    Nov 9, 2011

    A World War II veteran's memories may help the U.S. Army save millions of dollars while protecting people and the environment.

  • Howitzer program helps strengthen Afghan self defense

    Nov 7, 2011

    Picatinny Arsenal is helping the Afghan National Army develop their indirect fire capability to bolster self-defense.

  • Army step closer to enabling self-aware network

    Nov 7, 2011

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center has developed cognitive wireless networking capabilities that employ network-wide learning and reasoning algorithms that share information that enable nodes to make decisions.

  • New light machine gun aims to 'SAW' Soldiers' load

    Nov 4, 2011

    A series of tests under battlefield conditions were conducted to see how a prototype light weight machine gun and its distinctive ammunition impact Soldier effectiveness in battle

  • Umatilla facility destroys last ton of mustard blister agent

    Nov 2, 2011

    Nearly 50 years of chemical agent storage came to an end Oct. 25, 2011, with the destruction of the last ton container of mustard blister agent in the Metal Parts Furnace at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

  • Army networking radios improve communications at tactical edge

    Nov 2, 2011

    Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical awarded a $66 million contract Sept. 30, 2011, for the procurement of eight Brigade Combat Teams worth of AN/PRC-117G radios.

  • Army rolls out first Apache Block III aircraft

    Nov 2, 2011

    The first Apache Block III helicopter was delivered to the Army today during a ceremony at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Ariz., in which the aircraft was rolled out on stage under bright lights.

  • NIE pushes major network upgrade closer to field

    Nov 1, 2011

    The Army's on-the-move, satellite-based communications network is getting its first field tryout with Soldiers this month as the service moves closer to deploying the capability next fall.

  • Multinational test supports coalition battle network integration

    Oct 31, 2011

    Coalition members have come together at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., this month to test the compatibility of their countries' network and communications systems.

  • Army kicks off second Network Integration Evaluation

    Oct 28, 2011

    The second Network Integration Evaluation begins Oct. 31, as nearly 3,800 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, evaluate dozens of systems in realistic operational scenarios.

  • Army sees cyber threats as imminent

    Oct 28, 2011

    U.S. Army Cyber Command experts and other think tank specialists came together at Unified Quest 2012, Oct. 25-28, 2011, for a series of annual seminars where members of academia, and U.S. and foreign militaries examine critical issues to current and future force development.

  • Army testifies to Congress on acquisition, technology

    Oct 27, 2011

    By this time next year, the Army will have a good idea about alternatives for the ground combat vehicle program, Army leaders told Congressmen Wednesday. They said the GCV will be the first combat vehicle developed to operate in an improvised-explosive device and hybrid-threat environment.

  • CREW: helping defeat IEDs

    Oct 26, 2011

    Counter Radio Electronic Warfare systems are helping Soldiers in Afghanistan to defeat deadly improvised explosive devices by blocking radio signals that can be used by insurgents to detonate the devices remotely.

  • Army gears up for NIE 12.1

    Oct 26, 2011

    With less than two weeks to go until the second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, the Army is immersed in round-the-clock integration and training activities, incorporating both successes and key lessons learned from NIE 11.2.

  • Manned Unmanned Systems Integration: Mission accomplished

    Oct 24, 2011

    Army Aviation's first ever "hybrid" aviation exercise, designed to prove out new technology concepts, surpassed any and all expectations. Now, the task is to make modifications and improvements needed to field the technologies to forward deployed Soldiers.

  • Picatinny Arsenal sweeps 6 of 10 Greatest Inventions

    Oct 20, 2011

    Picatinny teams swept six of the 10 Army Greatest Inventions during the 2010 Army Top Ten Greatest Inventions awards ceremony Oct. 11, 2011, in Washington, D.C., making this the installation's most bountiful AGI ceremony to date.

  • Pentagon fair spotlights energy-efficient technology exhibits

    Oct 20, 2011

    Propane and methanol fuel cells, solar-panel collectors and wind turbines are just a few examples of alternative-energy sources on display this week in the Pentagon courtyard.

  • REF striving to save energy, lives on battlefield

    Oct 19, 2011

    Meeting the energy needs of Soldiers at the "tactical edge" of the battlefield is a top priority for the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, said its director.

  • Assessing brain injury: Virtual reality may hold answer

    Oct 18, 2011

    Participants at a national workshop on the biological assessment of brain dysfunction held in spring 2011 discussed recent advancements in neurocognitive testing, including the use of virtual reality.

  • Demo Humvee burns 70 percent less fuel

    Oct 18, 2011

    The Army temporarily halted its testing of a unique fuel-efficient tactical vehicle so the "FED Alpha" could be shown to senior leaders and displayed in the nation's capital.

  • 'Ironman' a game-changer on battlefield

    Oct 14, 2011

    After a 2 1/2 hour firefight in Afghanistan Iowa National Guard Solders started wondering how they could carry loads of crew-served weapon ammunition over rough terrain like Jesse Ventura did in the movie "Predator."

  • Testing in progress - Soldiers help researchers develop, refine gear for warriors

    Oct 14, 2011

    Four times a year 30 Soldiers report to the Natick Soldier Systems Center to help researchers conduct medical studies and equipment testing to determine where to spend, or not spend, millions of taxpayer dollars.

  • The ultimate kitchen remodel

    Oct 13, 2011

    The Integrated Logistics Support Center at Natick Soldier Systems Center has saved the Army refurbished more than 1,300 Mobile Kitchen Trailers, more 100 Containerized Kitchens and about 100 Laundry Advanced Design Systems returning from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.

  • Army modernizing, networking its future force

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army must provide Soldiers with the best equipment possible, while ensuring affordability and the ability to network everything together, top Army acquisition and equipping officials said.

  • LandWarNet implementing common operating environment

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army is working to establish a common operating environment for the network, supported by network integration evaluations and capability set management, that will be fully integrated and will support the Soldier in real-time, officials in the "LandWarNet: Powering America's Army" forum explained Tuesday.

  • Missile Defense Agency opens doors to future

    Oct 12, 2011

    On display outside the new Von Braun III on Thursday were two pieces of hardware; a training model of the Ground Based Interceptor and a THAAD Launcher Model, which represent the advanced missile technology that the Missile Defense Agency is known for.

  • New app to spotlight Army exhibits, forums at AUSA

    Oct 11, 2011

    A new app for smartphones will allow Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Washington Convention Center Oct. 10-12.

  • Army leaders cite acquisition improvements

    Oct 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army is making substantial progress with numerous ongoing efforts designed to improve the acquisition process, service leaders told reporters Oct. 10, 2011, at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

  • Army honors top inventions of 2010

    Oct 11, 2011

    U.S. Army officials honor the scientific contributions that led to superior equipment and technology in support of Soldiers.

  • XM25 feedback demonstrates lethality

    Oct 7, 2011

    Feedback from warfighters in Afghanistan testing the XM25 highlights the lethal effects of the counter-defilade weapon.

  • Army unveils new science, technology approach

    Oct 7, 2011

    The Army science and technology community has unveiled a new engagement strategy which seeks to further collaboration and dialogue with its laboratory, academic and industry partners by articulating a host of relevant S&T challenges in need of specific solutions.

  • Outfitting Soldiers head to toe

    Oct 6, 2011

    From their heads to their toes, if Soldiers wear it these days, the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., likely had a hand in developing it.

  • Robots give Soldiers the advantage

    Oct 6, 2011

    Soldiers with the Joint Program Office Robotics at the Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, Afghanistan, help field the robots that are saving Soldiers lives.

  • Soldiers to get first glimpse of on-the-move network at next NIE

    Oct 6, 2011

    The Army is preparing to deploy a secure wireless network that can support vehicles traveling on the move. This major upgrade to the tactical network backbone will extend satellite communications to the company level, allowing Soldiers to communicate seamlessly through voice, data, images and video -- even in complex terrain.

  • Deploying Soldiers to receive ballistic briefs

    Oct 6, 2011

    Deploying Soldiers will have several new items in their kit when they deploy, including ballistic underwear designed to mitigate some of the effects of an improvised explosive device blast.

  • Cavalry reunion highlights changes, technology

    Oct 6, 2011

    Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Wash., hosted the 110th anniversary and reunion of the U.S. Army's 14th Cavalry Regiment, Sept. 30, 2011.

  • Sky's the limit for airdrops

    Oct 5, 2011

    Solutions to problems don't usually fall from the sky. Exceptions to this rule come in the form of good ideas generated by the airdrop professionals at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts, whose best answers to tough questions normally float gently to earth. With Soldiers fighting in remote areas of Afghanistan where resupply often must come from the air, that won't change anytime soon.

  • Repair team keeps robots on the road

    Oct 4, 2011

    Soldiers in the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, are members of an elite program trained specifically to repair robots that are used for route clearance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

  • Third Army holds 10-mile run

    Oct 4, 2011

    Hundreds of servicemembers and civilians braved a pre-dawn wake-up call, treacherous course conditions, and the physical and mental hurdles of running a great distance to compete in the sixth annual Camp Buehring 10-miler here Oct. 2.

  • Fort Campbell's new helicopter simulator provides virtual training

    Oct 3, 2011

    The Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module came to post last week to be used for the first time beyond the testing stages. The module is a simulator that was created to train helicopter crews on the rear of both the CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.

  • Army, Pentagon seek small, 'throwable' robots

    Sep 30, 2011

    The Army, Marine Corps and the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization are working to procure and deliver thousands of small, easily transportable "throwable" robots equipped with surveillance cameras designed to beam back video from confined spaces, buildings, tunnels and other potentially dangerous locations, service officials said.

  • New Lakota variant packs punch for Guard

    Sep 29, 2011

    Army National Guard pilots from four states are now training on the new Security and Support variant of the Lakota helicopter, equipped with long-range electro-optical sensors and recording devices.

  • AEWE brings 4G smartphone technology to virtual battlefield

    Sep 28, 2011

    The same technology that powers high speed commercial cellular networks will be driving the voice, video and mission command capabilities for Spiral G during the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Students delve into science, investigate Army technology

    Sep 28, 2011

    Eight Army organizations from Aberdeen Proving Ground's Edgewood Area hosted the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Educational Outreach Day Sept. 23, 2011.

  • Army's new approach to communications security produces efficiencies

    Sep 28, 2011

    Army units may no longer have to purchase their own equipment to secure and encrypt data on the service's tactical network under a new effort to streamline the procurement and distribution of such devices.

  • Mission command platform enables freedom of maneuver on battlefield

    Sep 27, 2011

    To increase the accuracy and speed of decisions made on the most critical points of the battlefield, the Army is providing Soldiers with the same mission command capabilities in a mobile platform that they have at their home base.

  • New mobile-ready guide for medical recording released

    Sep 27, 2011

    A new interactive guide to aid deployed medics, nurses and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices, according to the Combined Arms Center-Training.

  • Popular Science names Army lab one of the "25 Coolest College Labs in the Country"

    Sep 26, 2011

    The September issue of Popular Science Magazine, known online as PopSci, has named the Army Research Laboratory as one of the top 25 "awesome" labs for college interns to work. They based their decision on "groundbreaking research, undergrad access and sheer awesomeness."

  • Chinook marks 50 years of service

    Sep 26, 2011

    The CH-47 Chinook helicopter was recognized for its 50th year in service during an anniversary ceremony Sept. 21, 2011, exactly 50 years since the Army's first flight of the aircraft.

  • Exercise integrates manned, unmanned aircraft

    Sep 22, 2011

    The systems on display at the Manned-Unmanned Systems Integration Capabilities exercise, which concluded last week at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, are expected to make their way to Afghanistan within the next two years.

  • Chinook turns 50, looks toward future

    Sep 21, 2011

    For most individuals, change can be harder with age. Not for the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter--an aircraft originally designed and built to haul missiles that the U.S. Army no longer uses.

  • 'Refresh, Refurb': Doing more with less, liking it that way

    Sep 20, 2011

    Logistics Task Force-4, part of the 401st Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, is working with the Marine Corps on a new, one-of-a-kind maintenance program that will keep Marine Corps vehicles in the fight for an additional two years.

  • Army preparing to produce JLTVs, recapped Humvees

    Sep 19, 2011

    After refining requirements during a two-year technology development phase for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Army developers are poised to conduct full and open competitions geared towards recapping Humvees and producing JLTVs, as part of a synergized Light Tactical Vehicles strategy.

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