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Defense intelligence chief: ‘A lot of technology remains untapped’ | Space News

Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Joseph Kernan, a retired Navy vice admiral, is rarely seen or heard at public events. But he decided to step on the stage and address the nation’s largest gathering of geospatial intelligence professionals to relay a message that the military is in the market for cutting-edge technology. “The reason I agreed to speak is that ... Read More »

New airborne ruck for paratroopers goes to the 82nd this year | Army Times

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division will be the first soldiers to field a new rucksack designed specifically for airborne operations. The ruck borrows from both the ALICE and MOLLE systems. The Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment 4000 was designed for airborne but can be used by ground pounders as well, said Rich Landry, with load carriage systems for the product manager that oversees soldier clothing and ... Read More »

Army unit retracts memo touting VA benefits for soldiers due to bad anthrax vaccines | Army Times

In the past week, a memo has been circulating online about possible 100 percent VA disability benefits for a particular group of soldiers. The April 10 tasking order called on the unit to identify which of its soldiers had deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, or Fort Drum, New York, between 2001 and 2007, in case they had been ... Read More »

Airborne units getting new vehicle this year; legs will have to wait | Army Times

The Army’s five airborne infantry brigade combat teams are slated to begin fielding 300 Ground Mobility Vehicles in use by special operations forces troops this year. The legs? They’ll get theirs next year, if the funding request is approved. Thirty non-airborne Army IBCTS are slated to receive 1,700 GMVs, beginning in 2019. Lt. Gen. John Murray and Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski told members of the House ... Read More »

Colonel demoted, immediately retired from Air National Guard over dinosaur puppet video | Air Force Times

The Tennessee Air National Guard colonel who led a re-enlistment ceremony in which a senior noncommissioned officer recited her oath using a dinosaur puppet has been immediately retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, the adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, also announced in a Facebook post Wednesday that Master Sgt. Robin Brown, the ... Read More »

US Army Figures Out How To Do Facial Recognition in the Dark | Defense One

New method uses machine learning to extrapolate features from thermal images. It’s no mean feat for a computer to identify an individual’s face in daylight. The process involves precisely measuring a photograph — eye size, distance from nose to mouth, etc. — adjusting the distances for three dimensions, and searching a database for a match. But to do it at night, when ... Read More »

6 Essential Pieces Of Gear T&P Readers Swear By (And 1 You Can’t Get In Stores) | Task & Purpose

Every grunt and their mother has that one piece of equipment they cannot live without. Forget ultra complicated or batshit insane everyday carry kit: that one essential piece of gear that U.S. military veterans rely on is, as Tim O’Brien put it in The Things They Carry, is “largely determined by necessity” — and typically the best tool to accomplish those necessary challenges is the simplest one. ... Read More »