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Meet MRZR X — the Polaris equipment transport ground robot | Defense News

Polaris rolled out its ground robot — the MRZR X, currently in the running for the U.S. Army’s competition for an unmanned equipment transport vehicle — at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week. The MRZR X is one of four unmanned vehicles that may be selected and produced under the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport program. The other teams selected to ... Read More »

FEDS TAKE DOWN A HALF-BILLION DOLLAR CYBERCRIME FORUM AFTER 7 YEARS ONLINE | Wired

WITH THE RISE and fall of dark web black markets like Alphabay and the Silk Road, law enforcement officials have repeatedly warned that even anonymity tools like Tor and cryptocurrencies won’t hide criminals from the law’s long reach. But the most recent takedown of another massive cybercrime forum carries a different lesson: It’s still possible to create an online black market even outside of the dark web’s cover, ... Read More »

Q&A with SOCOM’s New Acquisition Executive, James Smith | National Defense

Special Operations Command has a new acquisition leader, the Air Force announced Feb. 8. James Smith, the former deputy director for acquisition at the command, assumed the role of executive as his predecessor, James “Hondo” Geurts, now serves as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. A former Army officer, Smith joined SOCOM after his retirement from ... Read More »

Fort Bragg soldiers use Ranger training to rescue paratrooper from tree | Army Times

Two Fort Bragg soldiers had just finished a routine training jump and were on chute detail when they heard a radio transmission that one of the paratroopers had landed in a tree. Staff Sgt. Daniel Johan Mackie and Staff Sgt. Valentin Staneata continued their work collecting parachutes. But as the hours wore on, they heard over the radio that the jumper was stuck in ... Read More »

National Intelligence, Special Operations Museum Planned in Loudoun County | The Loudoun Tribune

A Loudoun County site has been selected for a museum that publicly recognizes the efforts of American heroes who served in the shadows. The National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations is planned as part of the Kincora property, a 434-acre, mixed-used development planned along Pacific Boulevard near the intersection of Routes 7 and 28. The museum is a joint ... Read More »

The U.S. Army just made history, opening top position in Airborne Division to women | Rare

Demographics in the United States Army are set to shift in a significant way very soon. Army Times reports that women will now be eligible for assignment at three more posts. The news comes after former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced in 2015 that combat roles in each branch of the military would be open to women. “[Women will] be allowed to drive ... Read More »

Syrian forces capture 2 members of Islamic State ‘Beatles’ | Military Times

The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages, U.S. military officials said Thursday. Air Force Col. John Thomas said that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were captured in early January in eastern Syria. The two men are among four members of the ... Read More »

It’s official: Army unveils brown beret, new patch for military advisers, SFAB | Army Times

Last October, when photos of a colored beret designed for the newly formed Security Force Assistance Brigade first leaked online, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milleyresponded to the backlash by vowing to redesign the cover to an unequivocal shade of brown. Milley and the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade unveiled the new beret Thursday during the unit’s activation ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFAB soldiers ... Read More »

The Best Cities in the United States | National Geographic

The most exciting travel story in America right now? The resurgence of cities large and small. At Nat Geo Travel, we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their Main Streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. For this story, we partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to identify ... Read More »

Navy special ops members discuss need for increased training in Pacific Northwest | Stars & Stripes

The Navy has conducted special operations training in the Pacific Northwest for at least 30 years, but it’s rare for the public to catch a glimpse of the exercises, since they are designed to go undetected. “The nature of the activities is such that they’ll leave no trace,” said Karen Waller, a contractor with the Naval Special Warfare Command. “That’s ... Read More »

Corps Affirms Full Exoneration for MARSOC Unit Rocked by Scandal | Military.com

A senior lawmaker is hailing the Marine Corps for reviewing a decade-old case in which members of a MARSOC company were accused of murdering civilians in Afghanistan, and publicly affirming a full exoneration of the unit. But the commanding officer of the unit in question believes the service should go further to show its support. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican ... Read More »

U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHES BROAD INVESTIGATION OF SEAL TEAM 6 AFTER GREEN BERET KILLING IN MALI | The Intercept

A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION into the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, who was killed last June while deployed in Bamako, Mali, has prompted a broad internal military audit and investigation into SEAL Team 6, according to a military official and two others briefed on the case. Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a Green Beret whose death is being investigated ... Read More »

Passing Combat Endurance Test is no longer required for infantry officers | Marine Corps Times

In a slight change to the grueling initial stage of the 13-week Infantry Officer Course, Marines will no longer be required to pass the Combat Endurance Testto move on. The Corps has come under criticism for what some have claimed to be unnecessarily high standards to graduate from the course. To date, only one unnamed female Marine has successfully completed the entire ... Read More »

Input Solicited for Nat’l Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing | American Security Today

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Through this Request for Information (RFI), OSTP seeks input from the public on ways to improve government coordination ... Read More »