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Army Is Seeking a Few Good Tech Partners PDF Print E-mail

Lt. Gen Bruce T. Crawford, the Army's CIO, came to AFCEA and asked for our assistance organizing key industry participants in a conversation with his top leaders. This is in keeping with the Army's sincere interest to involve industry early and often in the modernization of its network. We have done this in the coming event. There is much to discuss. For the last year, the Army has been intensely reviewing the network and communication systems it has and the one it truly needs to meet the demands of a new Army strategy. This strategy moves the Army away from fixed forward bases and returns to austere environments, expeditionary operations, and near peer threats.

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Potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers PDF Print E-mail
US warplanners are going to have to deal with an increasing drone threat, both from off-the-shelf hardware today to possibly more intelligent dangers.

The increasing power and sophistication of "hobby drones" is making them attractive to insurgents, according to a report drafted by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, for the US Army. In the future swarming technologies for such drones could arrive much sooner for warfare and will pose a dangerous threat to infantry units.

“Hobby drones are easy to buy, their performance is improving dramatically, and their cost has dropped significantly; now with millions of them around the world, they pose a growing threat to the U.S. warfighting forces if used for nefarious intents,” said Albert Sciarretta, chair of the committee, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and president of CNS Technologies, an independent consultancy company based in Virginia

“The threats could be consumer items like hobby drones, modified consumer items such as could be assembled with online components, and customized ones, like built-from-scratch aircraft."
 
Army tanks get futuristic shields PDF Print E-mail
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks are being upgraded with a sort of invisible shield that will destroy incoming antitank missiles and other threats before reaching the tank.

Known as Trophy, this cutting-edge technology will provide M1 Abrams tanks with 360 degree protection from threats.

Since the 1950s, the Army has been determined to give tanks something called “active protection systems.” The goal of these sorts of systems is to stop incoming projectiles before they reach the tank – creating a sort of invisible shield around them.
 
First female general in U.S. armed forces, dies at 97 PDF Print E-mail
As a small child, Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays bandaged legs of tables and chairs. Later, in seventh grade, she wrote that she was going to be the best nurse.

“I was always talking about smiling a great deal, of being happy and doing the very best that I could,” she said many years later.
 
With that drive and sense of purpose, the Allentown High School graduate worked as an Army nurse overseas during World War II, led the Army Nurse Corps at the height of the Vietnam War and in 1970 became the first woman in the U.S. armed forces to wear the star of a general.
 
If I had it to do over again,” the retired brigadier general said of her three decades in the Army, “I would do it longer.”

Hays, who came to Allentown as a youngster with her Salvation Army parents and always identified with the city, died Sunday at Knollwood Nursing Home in Washington, D.C., according to her niece, Doris Kressly of Danielsville. Hays was 97.

Prior to moving to Knollwood, Hays had lived in Arlington, Va., for more than 50 years.

“She was an amazing woman who accomplished some great things and lived life on her terms,” Kressly said Sunday. “In the sense of feeling a loss, I don’t. She lived a magnificent life and I’m glad she got to live it the way she did.”
 
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Letter from a cadet Louis Welch USMA 1845 in which he 'explains the injustice and arbitrary nature of the Military Academy's demerit system to his father who perhaps had received a report of his son's "spirit of insubordination." Welch points out that his "conduct [which] was so awfully subversive of military discipline" included a having a rusty musket, unbuttoned coat, improper forage cap, inattention at parade and drill, and smoking (which "is so common that no importance is attached to it".) In a further effort to trivialize his infractions, Louis reports that the father of one of the academy's most honorable cadets, was "nearly made sick" by an unfounded report that his son was "in the habit of visiting dirty grog shops."'

 
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