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  • Next generation technology helps keep Soldiers safe in Afghanistan

    Aug 4, 2009

    The next generation of the 'Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station' offers an updated version with more options to potentially protect servicemembers and defeat insurgents across Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi border posts testing wind, solar power

    Aug 3, 2009

    Two border outposts near Badrah, Iraq, are now using solar panels and a large wind turbine to generate electrical power.

  • Fort Benning Soldiers evaluate redesigned buttstock for M-240B, M-249

    Jul 30, 2009

    The Army wants to make the M-240B and M-249 automatic weapons easier to handle for U.S. military forces, particularly in urban areas.

  • Europe-based Soldiers get chance to test-fire, train with Army's newest howitzer

    Jul 30, 2009

    Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment FIRES Squadron became the first unit in Europe to fire the Army's new M777 Howitzers at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 24.

  • Utah Guard enlists help from 'A Few Good Goats'

    Jul 29, 2009

    When it comes to fighting wildfires, most people immediately think of water or fire retardant dropped from helicopters and other aircraft, or soot-covered firefighters using hoses and foam to battle back towering blazes.

  • New vehicles help reduce fossil fuel emissions

    Jul 28, 2009

    The implementation of two electric vehicles will help reduce fossil fuel emissions and save on fuel costs, one piece of material movement equipment at a time.

  • Computer engineer mentors students on virtual careers

    Jul 27, 2009

    While most people can play computer games only after work or on the weekends, Picatinny computer engineers have made computer animation their full-time careers.

  • Vice chief pleased with insights toward new combat vehicle

    Jul 23, 2009

    A month after Army experts first gathered to discuss requirements for a new ground combat vehicle, their insights from that forum were presented to the Army's vice chief of staff -- and were met with approval.

  • Soldiers test Improved Outer Tactical Vest

    Jul 23, 2009

    Prior to any deployment, Soldiers learn the ins and outs of every piece of their equipment and gear they have.

  • Army colonel completes first spacewalk

    Jul 21, 2009

    Army Col. Tim Kopra participated in the first space walk of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, STS-127, on Saturday.

  • Digital University helps keep Soldiers aware on battlefield

    Jul 21, 2009

    Digital University, Europe's premier training site for digital systems used in theaters of operation, offers training such as the Blue Force Tracker course.

  • Paratroopers bring combat perspective to Army scientists

    Jul 20, 2009

    It can be a long road from the laboratory to the battlefield, but the Army is forging a more direct path. Thanks to a U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering program, experienced combat Soldiers get direct access into Army labs to give scientists and engineers face-to-face feedback about the equipment they have and the capabilities they need.

  • Soldiers praise new .50-cal machine gun

    Jul 17, 2009

    More than a dozen Soldiers test-fired an enhanced .50-caliber machine gun that allows troops to rapidly change the barrel without having to check or reset headspace and timing.

  • Soldiers develop tactics for use of possible future technologies

    Jul 17, 2009

    Advanced systems in development at White Sands Missile Range have been handed over to Soldiers who will develop the tactics to employ the new war fighting tools.

  • 'Beans, bullets and BTUs' reminds Soldiers of energy security

    Jul 16, 2009

    The Army will soon be the largest fleet owner of both low-speed electric vehicles and hybrid-electric vehicles.

  • Pilots crash, survive in flight simulator

    Jul 16, 2009

    Pilots with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade from the 3rd Infantry Division, are spending time in the aircraft simulators at Hunter Army Airfield.

  • Command Post of the Future program nears fielding of 6,000th unit

    Jul 13, 2009

    With nearly 6,000 systems currently fielded, the Command Post of the Future empowers warfighters to visualize the battlespace and synchronize the elements of combat power while simultaneously collaborating and sharing data in near-real time.

  • Humphreys opens only overseas Army Traffic Safety Training Facility

    Jul 13, 2009

    The doors to Humphreys' Army Traffic Safety Training Facility opened here in June, making this the only overseas Army installation to have such a facility.

  • Fort Riley fields hybrid vehicles

    Jul 9, 2009

    "We got the signs for going green hybrid just to get the word out to everybody so they can see the Army is trying to save the environment and do whatever they can..."

  • Deployed Soldiers can now order new uniform items online

    Jul 9, 2009

    The flame-resistant Army combat uniform and the improved physical fitness uniform can now be ordered by deployed troops through a Web-based program.

  • Defense Travel System to modify reservation process

    Jul 9, 2009

    Minor changes are scheduled to take place within the Defense Department's travel reservation system later this summer to support the Transportation Security Administration's new pre-flight screening program.

  • NCO tackles difficult, sensitive job in hopes of providing better protection for Soldiers

    Jul 9, 2009

    As an Army NCO, she had been wearing the uniform for 16 years and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project that could only be described as formidable, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish.

  • Army announces eCybermission national winners

    Jul 7, 2009

    More than 100 sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders along with their families from across the country spent last week here preparing their entries for final judging in the Army's seventh annual eCybermission National Showcase where the national winners received $5,000 each in savings bonds.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers first to field new grenade launcher

    Jul 7, 2009

    The barrels were hot in the Army's charter fielding of the new M-320 grenade launcher as Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division fired the weapons for the first time.

  • Safety Center adds two Web-based tools for deployed Soldiers

    Jul 7, 2009

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center has launched two new Web applications to better assist leaders and Soldiers in mitigating risk while forward deployed to areas with limited internet connectivity.

  • New engineer excavator stands up to anti-tank mine

    Jul 7, 2009

    The Army's new High Mobility Engineer Excavator saved the life of a Soldier in Iraq May 29, when an anti-tank mine exploded as he was digging a culvert trench near South Balad Ruz.

  • Fort Lewis Soldiers harness new skills

    Jul 6, 2009

    An infantryman's long education isn't over when he graduates from his One Station Unit Training. There are a multitude of special skills unique to certain units that must be learned and practiced.

  • Army 'deadly serious' about replacement ground vehicle

    Jul 2, 2009

    After cancellation of its Future Combat Systems program, the Army continues to focus on modernization of the force and a replacement for the canceled Manned Ground Vehicle.

  • Space technology assists Iraqi irrigation inventory project

    Jun 30, 2009

    Soldiers from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team's geospatial intelligence section are playing a role in helping Iraqi leaders prepare to expand irrigation and farming throughout Iraq.

  • Army announces test of wikis to revise TTPs

    Jun 30, 2009

    The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has launched a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures via a wiki environment.

  • Army launches new water-safety tool

    Jun 30, 2009

    To prevent water-related deaths and injuries, the Army has launched a new interactive, Web-based, multimedia water safety tool.

  • Army lab works to improve Soldier health, performance

    Jun 26, 2009

    Nestled in the shadows of the Boston skyline, scientists and soldiers in a one-of-a-kind Army laboratory work quietly behind the scenes to improve the health and performance of today's troops.

  • Army likely to play key role in new U.S. Cyber Command

    Jun 25, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed a memo June 23, establishing a subcommand focused on cyber security, which Gates reportedly plans to recommend Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, to receive his fourth star and take on the additional responsibility of commanding the cyber command.

  • Network-based field tests underway for BCT modernization

    Jun 24, 2009

    The U.S. Army is now conducting a series of high-tech network and equipment verification tests at its massive White Sands, N.M., test range as part of brigade combat team modernization.

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    Jun 22, 2009

    Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors tested months of planning and preparation, June 18-20, with a major U.S. Northern Command air defense exercise.

  • Camp Taji depot to supply Iraqi Army

    Jun 20, 2009

    A refurbished supply depot at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, will serve as the Iraqi Army's new central distribution point for everything from vehicles to clothing.

  • Army seeks nominees for outstanding electronic warfare unit

    Jun 19, 2009

    The Army Electronic Warfare Division at the Pentagon is currently soliciting nominations for the 2009 Army Outstanding Unit Award.

  • Army exhibits advanced technologies to top students in nation

    Jun 18, 2009

  • Soldiers can find housing online

    Jun 18, 2009

    Soldiers looking for an easy way to find safe, reputable housing at their new duty station -- before they arrive -- can visit their local housing office and ask for information about the Automated Housing Referral Network.

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Jun 18, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • Army taking first steps to replace cancelled manned ground vehicle

    Jun 17, 2009

    The Army is committed to providing Soldiers with a ground combat vehicle, despite the recent cancellation of the eight manned ground vehicles from the Future Combat Systems program.

  • FCS transitioning to BCT Modernization Strategy

    Jun 17, 2009

    The Army's Future Combat Systems program is transitioning to a Brigade Combat Team Modernization Strategy, according to officials testifying before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday.

  • 'America's Army 3' brings new features to game

    Jun 16, 2009

    Thousands of gamers will be able to play "America's Army 3," the newest version of the Army's popular video game, beginning today.

  • PEO Soldier showcases gear at Pentagon

    Jun 16, 2009

    A water-cooled vest can take the heat off in Iraq -- making Soldiers more comfortable, and extending mission times.

  • Procurement changes lead to more effective munitions in Afghanistan, Iraq

    Jun 15, 2009

    The Army has made significant changes to the processes used in procuring non-standard ammunition that have resulted in improved reliability and quality.

  • Army, U.K. forces successful in future network interoperability testing

    Jun 12, 2009

    Both representatives of the U.S. Army and the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence have said recent Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization network interoperability tests between the two partner nations have proven successful.

  • Web standards order opens some social networking sites in CONUS

    Jun 12, 2009

    Soldiers at some Army installations can now view their Facebook pages as well as select other social media Web sites from Army networks.

  • Army astronaut heads for International Space Station, embraces social media to share story

    Jun 11, 2009

    Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven astronauts, including Army Col. Timothy Kopra, lifted off on the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station, July 15, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Army anthropologists apply science to uniform fit

    Jun 11, 2009

    The Army and Marine Corps are surveying their populations to better design clothing to fit warfighters for the next 10 to 15 years.

  • Army divers in Hawaii hone skills during deep-water exercise

    Jun 9, 2009

    The Soldiers of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment are back on dry land, following 10 days of a dive recertification training exercise, May 11 through 22, in the coastal waters off the big island of Hawaii.

  • Army exhibits advanced technologies to top students in nation

    Jun 9, 2009

    Capturing teenagers' attention wasn't a problem for the U.S. Army as it showcased cutting-edge technologies, May 28, during one of the nation's top high school's Symposium to Advance Research in Alexandria, Va.

  • Water bottling plant opens, begins production in southern Iraq

    Jun 9, 2009

    Leaders from the 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary and Oasis International Waters, Inc., opened a water bottling and purification plant during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, June 8.

  • Bamberg's solar panel implementation supports DoD, Army goals

    Jun 5, 2009

    Bamberg's installment of solar panels at the energy plant costs around $250,000. Stadtwerke Bamberg, the company that operates the energy plant on Warner Barracks and supplies its utilities, made the investment. The company will receive incentives from the German government and the installation receives credit toward onsite-produced power.

  • CERDEC and Microsoft share research for multi-touch technology

    Jun 4, 2009

    The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center recently signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Microsoft to share research in support of developing multi-touch technology for the Warfighter.

  • Army deploys scientists to study Iraqi culture

    Jun 4, 2009

    From the first day of Basic Combat Training, Soldiers are trained not to ask the question 'Why'' Maybe 'Where'' or 'When'' - but never 'Why'' However, in today's battlefield, 'Why'' is more important than ever.

  • Humvee still made in America

    Jun 3, 2009

    The military's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, also known as a "HMMWV" or a "Humvee," will continue to be made in the United States, by an American-owned company.

  • Paratroopers learn battlefield forensics

    Jun 3, 2009

    Using computers and enormous databases, information analysts are better than ever at weaving together a flow of biometric data-mostly fingerprints-collected from the field to identify individual insurgents.

  • Gates meets Soldiers on front lines of U.S. missile defense

    Jun 3, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stepped down inside a missile silo Monday to get an up-close look at the system he says will protect the United States from an intercontinental ballistic missile threat.

  • Soldiers, local engineers provide megawatts for Iraq

    Jun 1, 2009

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division teamed up with Iraqi engineers and through their collaborative efforts brought an additional 200 megawatts per hour of power to the al-Qudas power plant located 25 miles north of Baghdad.

  • Illinois families benefit from Web cast from Afghanistan

    May 29, 2009

    Families of deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers had a unique opportunity to get some questions answered about their loved ones serving in Afghanistan.

  • Army, Marines boast two new vehicle programs

    May 28, 2009

    During a joint roll-out ceremony May 14, Department of Defense program managers commemorated the production of two vehicles intended to help the U.S. military travel in battle at a faster, safer rate.

  • Internet forum helps NCOs share information

    May 28, 2009

    NCOs are communicating about issues ranging from combat operations to physical fitness - all on one internet forum developed by the Army.

  • Documentary highlights success of Land Warrior system

    May 27, 2009

    Aca,!A"Keep Up the Fire,Aca,!A? a new documentary produced by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office Soldier, tells the story of the first infantry unit deployed to Iraq with the Land Warrior system.

  • Demonstration showcases new force protection equipment

    May 26, 2009

    The 2009 Force Protection Equipment Demonstration was held May 19-21 at the Stafford County Regional Airport to educate and demonstrate new capabilities and products.

  • PEO Soldier unveils lighter, more lethal weapons systems

    May 21, 2009

    Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., serves as the organization responsible for virtually everything a Soldier wears or carries opened its doors recently to give the media a look at some new gear in development that will lighten a Soldier's load while improvimg survivability, lethality and comfort.

  • Army migrating computers to Vista

    May 20, 2009

    The Army is migrating all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft's Vista operating system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems.

  • Engineers dazzle students with technology

    May 19, 2009

    The Far East District Corps of Engineers held an Engineers Day at Seoul American High School May 15, bringing more than a dozen engineering experts to introduce students to the changing impact of new technology and science.

  • Army displays draw crowds at Armed Forces Day event

    May 18, 2009

    The Army displayed technology, community and opportunity this weekend at the 57th annual Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

  • Army embraces social media at conference

    May 13, 2009

    More than 500 military and civilian public affairs operators from across the Army met May 4-6 for the 2009 Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium. The goal of the forum was to operationalize information engagement.

  • Army unveils new force generation tool at conference

    May 12, 2009

    More than 215 senior Army commanders, general officers, and their staff members from 33 states and territories met recently to discuss readiness and were introduced to the Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool, a new database designed to help military planners manage sourcing requirements.

  • Army fields new MRAP rollover trainers

    May 11, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The U.S. military is fielding a new vehicle rollover simulator to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Army saves fuel and lives by bringing new life to an old technology

    May 7, 2009

    The Army is taking steps now to save fuel by revitalizing a 40-year old insulation method. But this method does more than decrease fuel consumption; it also helps save lives.

  • Partnership with NASCAR team brings technology benefits to Soldiers

    May 7, 2009

    The Army has a partnership with NASCAR team Roush-Fenway Racing to discover and test technologies that can transfer from the race track to the battlefield.

  • Army war games for future conflicts

    May 6, 2009

    The year is 2018 and North Korea has just crossed the DMZ, its Army camouflaged among refugees forced across the border into South Korea. It has nuclear weapons and has launched cyber attacks against the U.S. and South Korea.

  • Students team with Army for unique research opportunity

    May 4, 2009

    After four long days of testing highs and lows, a Texas Tech University team of students, research associates, and professors met their objective of demonstrating high power microwave generation with an explosive-driven compact system outside the laboratory.

  • West Point cadets create bionic foot

    May 1, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Patrick King, who lost his foot in Iraq to an explosively formed projectile, is experimenting with a bionic foot created by U.S. Military Academy Cadets Ian Jones, Sarah Goss, Joe Marshall and Jonathan Kralick as a capstone project in the academy's Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department.

  • Stateside clinics switch to battlefield medical recording system

    Apr 30, 2009

    This month, the 3rd Infantry Division expanded its use of the Army's battlefield electronic medical recording system to two more garrison aid stations at Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Fort Carson deconstruction effort recycles 93% of material

    Apr 30, 2009

    By recylcing old buildings, Fort Carson is saving money and helping the Army reach sustainability goals by reducing trash output.

  • Army destroys 60 percent of U.S. chemical weapons

    Apr 28, 2009

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency officials announced the destruction of 60 percent of our country's declared chemical weapon stockpile.

  • Army takes lead in social media networking to reach families, American public

    Apr 27, 2009

    The new Online and Social Media Division of Army Public Affairs, formed in January, hosted an afternoon 'meet and greet' event for 21 Milbloggers at the Pentagon prior to their weekend conference in Virginia.

  • Army employees set new standard, save DOD millions

    Apr 27, 2009

    Logistics Support Activity and Defense Logistics Agency employees teamed up to win the 2008 Defense Standardization Program Achievement Award for helping the Department of Defense save millions of dollars.

  • Wounded Warrior first to use next-generation powered legs

    Apr 24, 2009

    Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, stood in bright sunlight on the patio of Walter Reed's Bldg. 88, April 17. A pack of reporters pointed mini-audio recorders, and a clutch of television cameramen rolled tape. The Wounded Warrior's prosthetic legs looked, with their composite construction and gray-on-silver design, like futuristic science fiction movie props.

  • Army wins three Department of Defense awards for environmental stewardship

    Apr 23, 2009

    Army installations earned three Department of Defense Environmental Awards for fiscal 2008, recognizing progress in environmental quality, natural resources conservation and cultural resources management.

  • U.S. Signal Center wins distributed learning award

    Apr 23, 2009

    The Signal Center and LandWarNet eUniversity were selected by an Army Training Support Center panel to receive the TRADOC distributed Learning Champion Award for 2008.

  • New unit looks to defend Army in Cyberspace

    Apr 22, 2009

    Providing protection and centralization of the Army's computer network system while also making connectivity and information accessible to the war fighter is crucial in supporting military objectives.

  • Automation saves Army time, money while also helping environment

    Apr 22, 2009

    Automating the Army's forms-based business processes is saving time, money and trees.

  • CAC-enabled kiosks coming to armories, reserve centers

    Apr 21, 2009

    Information security has become an increasing concern in the military. Hackers attempt to crack into the Department of Defense global information grid daily. While the active-duty military responds with new security measures, such as the requirement to log in to government computers with a Common Access Card (CAC), traditional Guardmembers with no CAC reader find themselves locked out and unable to do their jobs.

  • Hybrid-Electric Humvee: 'Green Mobility'

    Apr 20, 2009

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center National Automotive Center Director Paul Skalny discuss an XM-1124 Hybrid-Electric Humvee at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2009 World Congress in Michigan April 20.

  • Army speeds testing of robotic systems

    Apr 20, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army has traditionally acquired weapon systems through a process that can take several years, but the ongoing fight in Afghanistan and Iraq has shortened the time frame considerably.

  • Army Training Network set to launch

    Apr 17, 2009

    The Army Training Network goes online today with the mission of becoming the one-stop shop and information source for Army training.

  • Integrated Technology Demo to be largest of its kind

    Apr 13, 2009

    U.S. scientists, engineers and technology developers from government, industry and academia gathered at Fort Dix, N.J., March 31-April 2, to finalize plans for an Army-sponsored integrated technology event.

  • Simulators always valuable in military training

    Apr 13, 2009

    Video games have been popular since the 1970's and the U.S. military has tried to capitalize on this trend by creating a training program for their military members after realizing the gamer culture has become ingrained into this and future generations of citizens.

  • Obama announces joint virtual lifetime electronic record

    Apr 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced plans Thursday to create a joint virtual lifetime electronic record that will improve care and services to transitioning veterans by smoothing the flow of medical records between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.

  • Officials break ground on Defense Media Activity headquarters

    Apr 8, 2009

    With shovels in hand under a brilliant sunlit sky, federal, state and county officials, along with business and military personnel, broke ground on the Defense Media Activity's new headquarters and production building April 8 on Fort Meade.

  • Army offers practical, career-related student experience programs

    Apr 7, 2009

    Like most college students, the thought of an internship where he collated copies and fetched coffee was enough to make Michael Zalewski want to explode -- or at least vent. But thanks to a series of student experience programs sponsored by the Department of Defense, he gained pragmatic engineering experience doing both: exploding and venting.

  • Learning the NBC's of Toxic Industrial Chemical Protection Equipment

    Apr 7, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - The door flies open and floods the dark room with a blast of light. Two Soldiers are standing in the doorway geared up in hazardous material suits ready to identify nuclear, biological and chemical contaminants in an abandoned building using toxic industrial chemical protection equipment.

  • Momentum increases for going green

    Apr 6, 2009

    Cars pass James Jefferson as he putts along at 20 mph down the East Range's Higgins Road, but he doesn't mind.

  • Army aims to reduce greenhouse gases, 'carbon bootprint'

    Apr 6, 2009

    WASHINGTON -- The Army has embarked on a service-wide effort to measure its "carbon bootprint," with the aim of reducing the effect it has on the environment while at the same time optimizing its use of fossil fuels.

  • JRTC Ops Group trains on long-range surveillance system

    Apr 6, 2009

    Night vision systems, laser-guided munitions, mobility and firepower have converged in the 21st century to allow U.S. forces to "own" the battlefield both day and night. The Long-Range Advance Scout Surveillance System, now in its second generation, has been fielded with units across the Army. Joint Readiness Training Center's Operations Group conducted training on the system March 16-18.

  • LTG Campbell speaks at National Space Symposium

    Apr 3, 2009

    LTG Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was the featured dinner speaker at the 25th National Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel International Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. on March 31.