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  • Australia, U.S. name finalists in worldwide robotics competition

    Jul 26, 2010

    Six high-tech science and technology teams from four continents have been named finalists in the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge. Teams from the United States, Turkey, Japan and Australia have been selected by the U.S. and the Australian departments of defense to compete this November in Australia in an effort to develop the next generation of fully-autonomous ground robots.

  • 100th F model Chinook rolls out

    Jul 23, 2010

    The 100th F Model Chinook rolled out of the Boeing facility during a ceremony commemorating the milestone and the Army's acceptance of the aircraft at the Boeing plant in Philadelphia, Pa., July 22.

  • Army leaders praise successful network integration exercise

    Jul 23, 2010

    The U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team Integration exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., July 12-16 connected Soldiers, sensors, UAVs, networked vehicles on-the-move, command posts and other nodes over long distances through satellite and software-programmable radios as part of an effort to evaluate the progress of its battlefield network.

  • Army technology expands snake-robotics

    Jul 23, 2010

    Development of snake-like technology underway at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is moving the military toward sending more autonomous systems instead of Soldiers on search-and-rescue missions, a top priority in the most dangerous mission areas.

  • Exercise helps Army plan network's future

    Jul 21, 2010

    Members of several Army technology development offices conducted an exercise on White Sands Missile Range July 12-16 to evaluate the connectivity of various items in the development of a wide-reaching wireless military communications and battle-control network.

  • Army exercise decentralizes network, commander

    Jul 20, 2010

    The Brigade Combat Team Integration Exercise which concluded last week brought together engineers from the Army acquisition community, Soldiers from the Army Evaluation Task Force and the Army's senior leaders who each experienced firsthand the Army's future tactical network at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Vice Chief of Staff views critical mission at Army ammunition plant

    Jul 20, 2010

    The second most senior man in the U.S. Army saw both the dedication and the challenges facing ammunition plant employees and the mission in general.

  • Army officials continue push for system consolidation

    Jul 19, 2010

    Army officials continue to push for a consolidation of network systems to run on a single common operating environment and for network efficiency across the service.

  • NASA, Army collaboration takes gamers to moon

    Jul 19, 2010

    Eight years after the Army Game Studio launched its initial first-person shooter video game, "America's Army Recon," NASA joined in with the release of its prototype game, "Moonbase Alpha," July 6.

  • New site provides best safety practices for privately owned weapons

    Jul 14, 2010

    A new interactive site, called Firearms Safety Techniques, was developed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to help reduce off-duty accidental firearms incidents and is now available online.

  • Trashcan-like UAS useful tool for Stryker team

    Jul 13, 2010

    Short and squat in stature, with spindly legs sticking out underneath and a loud, whiny engine like a leaf-blower on steroids, the gasoline-powered Micro Air Vehicle, or gMAV, won't be winning beauty contests anytime soon.

  • Security changes impact some AKO users

    Jul 13, 2010

    Recent security changes for Army Knowledge Online prevented a small number of users with older browsers from accessing the web-based portal.

  • JRTC roleplay props: Ultimate in special effects

    Jul 9, 2010

    Prior to deployment, units from throughout the Army participate in a rotation, a series of immersive training exercises conducted at the JRTC over the course of several days or weeks.

  • Fort Bliss moving toward 'net-zero' energy compliance

    Jul 8, 2010

    Power consumption at Fort Bliss, Texas, has dropped by three megawatts, and the post is looking to shed even more in its quest to become a "net zero" energy installation.

  • AKO security changes block access for some; users urged to take action

    Jul 8, 2010

    A recent series of beind-the-scenes security changes at Army Knowledge Online has caused some users to no longer be able to access the web-based portal.

  • Army builds early foundations of NASA space program

    Jul 2, 2010

    This was like a base realignment and closure move - only it all happened within the confines of Redstone Arsenal.

  • THAAD nails lowest target, seventh of seven in testing

    Jul 1, 2010

    The Army launched a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile, June 28, from Kauai, Hawaii, which successfully intercepted and destroyed another missile launched just minutes earlier.

  • Corps of Engineers looks below the Earth's surface for green energy

    Jul 1, 2010

    With construction booming and the Army looking for more ways to "green" its construction practices and buildings, the Fort Drum, N.Y., Program Office of the Army Corps of Engineers New York District, decided to look into alternative sustainable energy sources for new construction.

  • Beneficial suggestion wins big with Army, employee

    Jun 30, 2010

    A Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee is enjoying a nice cash bonus for his ingenuity thanks to his suggestion for the Beneficial Suggestion Program.

  • Panel discusses technological opportunities, challenges for Army

    Jun 29, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, moderated the panel discussion and asked the scientists from the Army and academia to ask tough questions during the research and development process.

  • Army plans network integration exercise

    Jun 29, 2010

    The U.S. Army is planning a brigade combat team integration exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., July 12-16, which will connect Soldiers, sensors, UAVs, networked vehicles on-the-move, command posts and other nodes over long distances through satellite and software-programmable radio as part of an effort to evaluate the progress of its battlefield network, service officials said.

  • Army awards scholarships to eCYBERMISSION national winners

    Jun 28, 2010

    Sixteen teams of regional eCYBERMISSION winners were on edge as they waited for the national winners to be announced June 25.

  • Agency to launch online voter registration assistant to ease registration process

    Jun 28, 2010

    The Federal Voting Assistance Program, commonly referrer to as FVAP, will launch an online voter registration assistant in conjunction with Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens' Voters Week June 28-July 7, to help more than 6 million military, their voting age dependents, and overseas voters better navigate the registration process.

  • Students learn about Army simulation training

    Jun 25, 2010

    Eager High School students press firmly into a good shooting stance, staring intently at the simulator screen in front of them, not wanting to miss the pop up target they are about to engage.

  • Army begins shipping improved 5.56mm cartridge

    Jun 23, 2010

    The Army announced Wednesday it has begun shipping its new 5.56mm cartridge, the M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, to support warfighters in Afghanistan.

  • eCYBERMISSION finalists tour APG

    Jun 22, 2010

    National finalists in the U.S. Army's eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Education Event that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for American youth, are touring installation facilities beginning a week that will culminate in the presentation of scholarships at an awards dinner Friday evening.

  • Army testing fuel cell technology for Abrams tank

    Jun 17, 2010

    The U.S. Army is testing fuel cell technology for an auxiliary power unit which can bring more electrical power on board an Abrams tank.

  • Army seeks technology development partnerships

    Jun 17, 2010

    The Army's scientific and engineering community showcased research and development contract opportunities during a two-day event June 16-17 at Harford Community College.

  • Army testing new JLTVs

    Jun 16, 2010

    The U.S. Army is using the newly built government prototypes of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to refine program requirements through rigorous ballistic, performance and reliability testing.

  • Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

    Jun 15, 2010

    The Army christened the new Ground Soldier System June 14 with a name that honors World War II Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert B. Nett.

  • Army directs global inspection of armor plates

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.

  • Army sensors research leads to Soldier protection advances

    Jun 10, 2010

    Just months after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory launched an aggressive, innovative research project that has been instrumental to the development of low-cost, lightweight sensors capable of providing novel approaches to the detection of manmade threats to Soldiers, including biological agents, small arms fire, and missile plumes.

  • Bliss hosts inaugural 'energy rodeo'

    Jun 9, 2010

    With the goal of reaching "net zero" by 2025, the inaugural Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium swept through Fort Bliss Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9, leaving in its wake the ideas, tools and innovations ready to make the installation the Army's Center for Renewable Energy.

  • Webmail 2 brings major improvements to AKO e-mail

    Jun 8, 2010

    Members of the Defense community who use Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online webmail now have better ways to communicate online. A new interface, "Webmail 2," upgrades AKO secure e-mail messaging with improved calendar and task functions, enhanced address book access, and one gigabyte of mailbox storage for common access card users.

  • High-tech radar maps defeat camouflage

    Jun 7, 2010

    To the untrained eye, U.S. Army radar-generated maps may look like a bird's-eye view of a city at night; however, these images contain useful intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information that reveal concealed objects by penetrating foliage, buildings and some terrain while overcoming camouflage, concealment and deception techniques.

  • Army researchers explore laser detection techniques

    Jun 4, 2010

    As the need for chemical, biological and explosive detection becomes more relevant in today's world, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is leading the effort in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, which is capable of highly advanced materials analysis.

  • Army tests new tactical vehicle

    Jun 4, 2010

    The Army is testing a new vehicle looking to eventually replace the iconic Humvee.

  • Army astronaut completes stay at ISS with Expedition 23

    Jun 3, 2010

    NASA Astronaut flight engineer and Army Col. T.J. Creamer landed along with Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Soichi Noguchi in Kazakhstan, June 1, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

  • West Point explores science of camouflage

    Jun 3, 2010

    Over the years, West Point has served as a sort of proving ground for improved camouflage. In the Engineering Psychology program within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, faculty and cadets have done their part to advance the science of how not to be seen.

  • Army testing rugged, autonomous robot vehicle

    Jun 2, 2010

    The U.S. Army's Autonomous Platform Demonstrator, is a 9.6 ton, six-wheeled, hybrid-electric robotic vehicle currently undergoing developmental and mobility testing at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.

  • Cyber command to unite network defense efforts

    Jun 2, 2010

    A new Army command will soon be responsible for defending Army information networks from threats around the globe.

  • Army to test smartphones for offices, battlefields

    May 27, 2010

    The Army is considering the use of smartphones in an effort to increase effectiveness and efficiency in both the administrative and operational environments.

  • Army uses floating bridge to help with oil spill cleanup efforts

    May 27, 2010

    The Louisiana Army National Guard has deployed a 380-foot, boat-powered floating bridge to the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to assist authorities working to contain the oil spill.

  • Army hits 1 million flight hours with unmanned aircraft

    May 27, 2010

    The Army recognized a milestone of 1 million hours of flight for unmanned aerial systems, May 25 at the Pentagon.

  • Army inspires next generation rocket scientists

    May 26, 2010

    The Army is inspiring the next generation of rocket scientists through the world's largest rocket design contest.

  • Pentagon UAS display celebrates Army milestone

    May 25, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the Army Unmanned Aircraft System interactive display at the Pentagon, May 25. The outdoor display in the courtyard celebrated the surpassing of one million flight hours of Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

  • Wharf project modernizes munitions shipments at critical ammo port

    May 24, 2010

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) in Southport, N.C., signifying the completion of construction and modernization on the terminal's Center Wharf that will improve how ammunition reaches deployed troops.

  • Army, race team prove to be winning combo

    May 24, 2010

    A car racing icon and the Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center here have continued to collaborate to support the warfighter.

  • Official explains approach to climate change, energy

    May 24, 2010

    Developing a deliberate approach to energy and climate change is an important platform to national security and the U.S. military mission.

  • Expo offers glimpse of future gear

    May 21, 2010

    One part "Star Wars" and one part "Call of Duty," tables and booths were filled with top-of-the-line tactical gear such as socks and gloves that remain dry even when immersed in water, a robot helicopter capable of using ground-penetrating radar, and a chemical test that can tell if a captured enemy carried a specific weapon and how long ago it was fired.

  • Army takes lead in clearing low-level airspace

    May 21, 2010

    Operating in deconflicted airspace and having a joint air picture of all low-level flying activity is as critical as the missions the military conducts every day.

  • Chicago school leaders learn lessons from Army

    May 18, 2010

    In a virtual Afghan village, the American Soldier approaches the local leader aggressively, gripping his weapon diagonally in front of him. The leader turns his head sharply to the side, pushing his hand forward to signal for the Soldier to stop.

  • West Point cadets invent Statue of Liberty evacuation device

    May 14, 2010

    On May 5, a team of civil and mechanical engineering majors visited the Statue of Liberty for a live demonstration of their capstone project, a device which makes evacuating casualties inside the national monument safer and faster.

  • Senate confirms Army general to lead new Cyber Command

    May 11, 2010

    Defense officials are lauding the Senate's confirmation of Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, to also lead the new U.S. Cyber Command.

  • Army, Morgan State University sign research agreement

    May 10, 2010

    The Army expanded its partnership with higher education today creating a formal research agreement with Morgan State University.

  • XM25 lets Soldiers eliminate targets they can't see

    May 7, 2010

    The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center.

  • FORSCOM launches Web-based tool to support Army Force Generation

    May 5, 2010

    As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, along with numerous requirements worldwide, the Army's largest command recently launched a Web-based tool to enhance the synchronization of Soldiers, equipment and resources with the requirements of combatant commanders.

  • Army pilots take to skies for first time in Lakota helicopters over Europe

    May 4, 2010

    After a long wait, five new UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters arrived Wednesday at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

  • Corps of Engineers trains for earthquake response

    May 4, 2010

    Earthquakes in Chile, Haiti, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Mexico, Indonesia and Italy have shaken the world's awareness with tremors of destruction in the past five years.

  • NEC urges users to beware of scareware

    May 3, 2010

    The Network Enterprise Center is experiencing a spike in virus-infected computers as machines are corrupted by a new type of Internet scam: Scareware.

  • General seeks better ways for defeating IEDs

    Apr 29, 2010

    The three-star general directing the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization wants to listen to intermediate-level officers' ideas for pushing information and technology into Afghanistan.

  • Army releases 2010 modernization strategy

    Apr 29, 2010

    The Department of the Army released the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy, commonly referred to as the AMS, Wednesday.

  • Top Army scientists gather at West Point

    Apr 28, 2010

    The Army's best and brightest senior scientists gathered for a science and technology conference April 27-29 at the U.S. Military Academy.

  • Tobyhanna sharpens Talon armament

    Apr 26, 2010

    Tobyhanna is meeting a short suspense to provide an installation kit that offers armored protection for a mine-detecting robot.

  • Army's newest helicopter now flying in Europe

    Apr 23, 2010

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command paved the way for another first when it facilitated the acquisition and receipt of five UH-72A Lakota helicopters - the Army's newest aircraft. The cutting-edge helicopters received at Ramstein Air Base April 13 are the first ones to reach the U.S. Army in Europe.

  • Network kits, vehicles prepare for limited-user test

    Apr 22, 2010

    At Boeing labs in Huntington Beach, Calif., engineers are integrating the equipment and software that forms the backbone of the Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization effort: the network.

  • C-130 touches down at Fort Lee load training site

    Apr 22, 2010

    Fort Lee moved one step closer to its goal of creating a first-rate, 21st century training facility for transportation troops when an actual C-130E fuselage was placed at the Multi-Mode Load Training Site on the east side of post.

  • Elite force takes fix to fight, aids warfighters around world

    Apr 21, 2010

    Tobyhanna Army Depot -- warfighters rely on an elite team of professionals who take the fix to the fight repairing battle-damaged equipment in the combat zone.

  • Army leverages private industry, academia to advance robotics research

    Apr 21, 2010

    Developing smart robots with the ability to work for and alongside Soldiers is the ultimate goal of the Army's $63.2 million investment in a new robotics cooperative agreement with industry and academia over the next five years.

  • Army networks MRAPs, M-ATVs

    Apr 21, 2010

    The U.S. Army has outfitted a handful of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with Network Integration Kits designed to give the bomb-defeating vehicles the ability to share real-time information such as sensor data from robots and UAVs while on-the-move in combat.

  • Army achieves major program milestone

    Apr 19, 2010

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced that it completed its mission to destroy all non-stockpile materiel declared when the U.S. entered into the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty mandating the destruction of our Nation's chemical warfare stock.

  • Soldier sets wing-suit world record

    Apr 16, 2010

    As excitement grew Staff Sergeant Ben Borger soared through the gleaming blue skies over the fields of Altus Air Force Base breaking the current world record for the distance flown in a wing suit flight.

  • G-8: Little risk in proceeding with technology

    Apr 16, 2010

    While in agreement with other government agencies that "plenty of work" is still needed on robotics and sensor equipment to be fielded as Aca,!A"Increment 1 capabilitiesAca,!A? to infantry brigade combat teams, the Army disagrees on the way ahead with that program.

  • UAS Roadmap, full-spectrum CABs hot topics at Army Aviation convention

    Apr 15, 2010

    Day one of the annual Army Aviation Association of America convention in Fort Worth, Texas, included an announcement by the Army's vice chief of staff that the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap would be a "game changer" for the next 25 years.

  • Army technology blog gains features

    Apr 14, 2010

    Finding information on the latest and greatest technology researchers are developing for American Soldiers is part of the daily news at the official Army Technology Live blog.

  • Solar furnace could save Earth

    Apr 14, 2010

    White Sands Missile Range test facilities are being used by scientists to develop methods for saving the world.

  • Army preparing for mountainous, battalion-sized test

    Apr 14, 2010

    The U.S. Army is planning a rigorous, large-scale Limited User Test of its Increment 1 Early Brigade Combat Team technologies at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., later this year. The evaluation will test robots, sensors, UAVs and a battlefield network in Afghan-like mountainous terrain.

  • Army to showcase innovation at technology show

    Apr 12, 2010

    Army technology is set to dazzle visitors to the SAE International 2010 World Congress and Exhibition this week at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich.

  • Pentagon buys MRAPs with improved suspension

    Apr 9, 2010

    The Pentagon has ordered more than 1,300 new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with newly built independent suspension systems designed to improve the vehicles' off-road performance in Afghanistan.

  • Gaming technologies improve Soldier readiness

    Apr 7, 2010

    The U.S. Army is implementing the latest in computer simulation and gaming technology to train soldiers in counter-insurgency, detecting roadside bombs and treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Army science, technology command refines role

    Mar 30, 2010

    In an effort to refine the role of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command in a continually transforming Army, Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general, and his board of directors recently approved a new command vision, mission statement and organizational objectives.

  • Saving Soldier lives with unmanned systems

    Mar 26, 2010

    When it comes to unmanned systems, the Army's scientists and engineers along with program managers and contractors have given Soldiers on the battlefield tools designed to save lives and complete the mission against ever-changing threats.

  • Army extends deadline for bids to improve Humvee fleet

    Mar 24, 2010

    The U.S. Army is extending its Request for Information to industry as part of an effort to recapitalize its fleet of up-armored Humvees, improving survivability, mobility and payload capacity for the vehicles.

  • CID warns of Internet romance scams

    Mar 23, 2010

    Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are warning the American public to be vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud -- especially those promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.

  • Army, Apple meet to discuss hand-held solutions for Soldiers

    Mar 22, 2010

    Leaders from the Army's technology command visited Apple, Inc. to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations.

  • Electric vehicles help post go 'Army Green, Army Strong'

    Mar 19, 2010

    Fort Sam Houston acquired 20 low-speed electric utility vehicles in January - known as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles - as part of a larger Department of Defense order for 4,000 electric cars and trucks tagged for worldwide usage.

  • ATEC teams assess effectiveness of systems in combat

    Mar 16, 2010

    The Army Test and Evaluation Command has been deploying teams to the Iraq and Afghanistan theater to assess new systems under combat conditions.

  • Army developing new Ground Combat Vehicle

    Mar 16, 2010

    The U.S. Army's Feb. 25 release of a formal Request for Proposal to industry marks a significant step forward in the effort to build a first-of-its-kind, highly versatile Ground Combat Vehicle.

  • Army secretary tours research, development facilities

    Mar 15, 2010

    Army Secretary John McHugh toured research and development facilities and received briefings and hands-on time with high-tech gear, including night vision devices, next generation batteries, extremely accurate mortar rounds, explosive device detection gear and the latest recipes for Soldier cuisine in the field.

  • Soldiers look for better reaction time, increased lethality with modernization

    Mar 12, 2010

    Soldiers from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, used the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle and unmanned aerial systems in defensive and offensive training scenarios to improve awareness of hostile targets and increase reaction time and lethality of their fighting vehicles.

  • Congress hears Army won't field ineffective gear

    Mar 12, 2010

    There's still room for improvement with equipment that will be fielded to Soldiers as part of enhanced brigade combat team modernization, but equipment will not go to the field if it is ineffective.

  • New parachute integrated at Airborne School

    Mar 11, 2010

    The students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, exited the 34-foot training tower twice as many times as normal, March 3, on Fort Benning, Ga. The change is one of several resulting from the integration of the new T-11 parachute.

  • Army debuts new tool to defeat IEDs

    Mar 9, 2010

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's tank and automotive center is set to unveil its newest technology to assist Soldiers in finding and disarming improvised explosive devices during a Florida conference later this month.

  • Efficient irrigation method holds promise for Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    Even as the U.S. hands more and more responsibility for the future of Iraq back to the Iraqi people, projects continue to ensure that the people are set up for success in every possible way.

  • Army realigns technical analysis functions

    Mar 8, 2010

    Army officials announced a realignment of its technical analysis operations last month, returning the Army Material Systems Analysis Activity, or AMSAA, to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

  • Army approaches million unmanned flying hours

    Mar 5, 2010

    The Army is fast approaching one million hours of unmanned aviation flight with its unmanned aerial systems.

  • New Army Black Hawk succeeds in combat

    Mar 4, 2010

    The Army's new high-tech UH-60 Black Hawk M-model helicopter -- equipped with a stronger engine, a digital cockpit and composite rotor blades -- performed exceptionally well in Afghanistan during its first major combat deployment, according to a recently completed After Action Review at Fort Campbell, Ky., service officials said.

  • Sniper rifle improvements to see testing this spring

    Mar 4, 2010

    Candidates for an improved version of the Army's sniper rifle -- the M-24 -- are expected to go into testing this spring after industry reveals their efforts this month.

  • New training in Europe brings reality to virtual worlds

    Mar 2, 2010

    The Army's newest virtual training device is open for business to U.S. Army Europe Soldiers at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

  • Army solicits proposals for new combat vehicle

    Mar 2, 2010

    The Army released a request for proposal Feb. 25, for the Ground Combat Vehicle -- marking an official start for defense contractors to begin competing for the right to build the service's next combat vehicle.

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