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    Army officials are reminding soldiers who use thermal weapon sights and other high-battery-drain gear to power them with lithium batteries for top performance. Army

    PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear

    While on patrol during one of his four war-zone tours, Staff Sgt. José Salcedo experienced firsthand one of the problems that can come with using alkaline batteries instead of lithium ones in sophisticated military gear.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  1. The omniphobic-coated fabric significantly lowers dirt and dust attraction, and repels water, oil and many liquid chemicals. David J. Kamm/Army

    Army tests super-repellent uniform

    Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army test underground robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    This June 16, 2012, file image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on this, its third mission. The plane is expected to land this week at a Southern California Air Force base. AP

    Up in the sky, a mystery space plane — but why?

    What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. Army

    Army waiting for Hill OK to build upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    Decisions about the Future Fighting Vehicle program could lead to the Bradley, here being driven in east Baghdad, either being replaced or improved. Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki/Army

    Army explores its armored vehicle options

    Nearly a year after the Army canceled the Ground Combat Vehicle, officials defended the program as on-budget and called the decision to scuttle it a pragmatic move to improve further-along armored vehicle programs with available money.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    This image shows what US intelligence officials said was a Syrian nuclear reactor, destroyed in an Israeli strike that is believed to have included a cyber component. AFP

    Army eyes coordinated land-cyber missions

    Seven years ago, the Israeli military's Operation Orchard is believed to have employed an electronic warfare-delivered cyber attack to shut down Syrian anti-air defenses before its jets bombed Syria's Al Kibar nuclear reactor.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Soldiers in Alaska will test new gear this winter to include sleep systems, tentage and a team stove. John Pennell/US Army

    Army to test new jungle, cold-weather gear

    The US Army will launch two extensive gear tests in the coming months in two very different locales: the humid tropics of Hawaii and the harsh Alaskan landscape.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
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    Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, left, and Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, speak at an Oct. 14 press conference at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army Materiel Command chief: Science and tech funding key to technical edge

    There are few sacred cows left in the world of Army acquisition, as the service showed earlier this year in slashing the Ground Combat Vehicle from its list of development programs, even after chief of staff Gen.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  2. The Obama administration is accelerating cybersecurity efforts within federal agencies and in the sectors responsible for critical infrastructure, said Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator. Mike Morones

    White House working around cyber bill impasse

    The White House's top cybersecurity official said it's not more power the Obama administration is after — it's getting organizations involved to head in the same direction.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
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    Testing: The ITEP program seeks to develop a replacement for the General Electric T-700 engines that power AH-64 Apaches, like this one, and UH-60 Black Hawks. Sgt. Harley Jelis / NY Army National Guard

    ATEC Successfully Tests Second ITEP Engine

    The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has successfully completed a second test of its HPW3000 engine, its offering for the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) program.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  3. Staff Sgt. Myles McCadney, 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), highlighted results from psychological operations in Uganda. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army: Messaging leads to mass defections from Kony

    Defections from Joseph Kony's Army spiked in the summer of 2014, in large part due to U.S. messaging from the air and across the radio waves.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Protection Against Booby Traps: A view of Rocky Brands' new Enhanced Jungle Boot. US soldiers are expected to wear-test the boot in January. Tony Lombardo/Staff

    Soldiers to test new jungle boot with booby trap protections

    U.S. soldiers in Hawaii will soon test Rocky Brands' newest jungle boot, a model that company officials say is more comfortable and provides better protection against booby traps.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav / Army

    Next-gen night vision would enable troops to see farther, clearer

    The basic technology behind night vision gear has been in place for decades, though advancements in that technology have allowed soldiers to see farther and clearer in the dark.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  4. U.S. Marines arrive Thursday to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia. Some 90 Marines arrived on KC-130 transport planes and MV-22 Ospreys to support the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic. The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers. John Moore / Getty Images

    U.S. troops build hospital in Liberia in Ebola fight

    The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers as Liberian lawmakers debated Friday whether to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf more power amid the Ebola epidemic.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  5. Sgt. Joel Miick, left, and Spc. Michael Potts don gas masks while training Thursday with the rest of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood on how to put on protective clothing and gloves. The brigade is set to deploy to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance where they will be building temporary medical facilities in helping the country fight the Ebola virus outbreak. Kin Man Hui / AP

    Training changes as US troops head to West Africa

    Forgoing combat rifles and body armor, U.S. troops preparing to fight Ebola in Liberia were instead stepping gingerly Thursday into white germ-proof suits and pulling on thick, blue rubber gloves and gas masks.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  6. An Afghan Air Force G222, designated C-27A by the US government, at Kabul International Airport in July 2011. Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Air Force

    DLA junks multimillion planes for Afghan Air Force, sells scrap for 6 cents a pound

    Sixteen unusable transport aircraft that the U.S. government bought for the Afghan Air Force have been scrapped for pennies on the dollar, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  7. Lynn Tilton is the founder of the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, which owns MD Helicopters of Mesa, Arizona, and dozens of other companies. The Justice Department is investigating Tilton's hiring of a former Army officer who allegedly steered millions of dollars in contracts to MD Helicopters while the pair negotiated his future employment. AP

    Company wins new contracts despite federal probe

    The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  8. Fort Carson seeks deal for helicopter training

    Federal land managers are mulling a request by Fort Carson to use public land for high altitude helicopter training.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
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    Sikorsky hopes to conduct the first flight of its newly unveiled S-97 Raider this year. The helicopter is roughly 11,000 pounds with room for six troops for combat assault missions; if those troops aren't needed, that space Sikorsky

    Sikorsky unveils prototype helo slated to replace Kiowa fleet

    Sikorsky unveiled its first S-97 Raider prototype Thursday, kicking off the test flight phase of the experimental helicopter program.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  9. Suspected US drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

    Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 10 militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  10. U.S. military to put up tent at Liberia Ebola clinic

    Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains have slowed work for the U.S.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  11. World Health Organization workers deal with a 2012 Ebola outbreak. Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon opens Ebola-testing lab in Liberia

    U.S. troops opened an Ebola-testing laboratory in Liberia Thursday, the first of several medical facilities it has sent to battle the virus in Africa.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  12. A Cougar 4x4 Medium Mine Protected Vehicle. Courtesy photo

    Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100M

    The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don't need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
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    Hackers allegedly stole $100 million in intellectual property including software used in training Apache pilots. Here, an Army battle commander operates an Apache flight simulator. Terry Moore

    Hackers charged with stealing Apache training software

    Two members of what the Justice Department calls an 'international computer hacking ring' pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of $100 million in intellectual property — including software used to train Apache helicopter pilots.

    • Sep. 30, 2014

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