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DoD opening new office in Cambridge PDF Print E-mail
The Department of Defense is hoping to tap into the East Coast’s cutting-edge technology by opening a new office in Cambridge.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement Tuesday the new office will create a hub for collaboration between the Defense Department and innovative companies to identify and develop pioneering technologies and business practices.

Carter says the office, known as a Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, will complement the work of a similar unit established last summer in Silicon Valley.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says the decision to locate the office in Massachusetts reflects what he calls the state’s competitive climate and dedication to academic and industrial innovation.

Massachusetts is already home to six military installations with $13 billion in economic activity.
 
Army chief reveals latest laser weapons tests PDF Print E-mail
By 2023, the US Army says it will be able to blast drones out of the sky using lasers. 
 
In a step towards that goal, It recently conducted an early trial of a truck-mounted laser cannon at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Soldiers used the laser system, also known as HELMTT, to successfully destroy a quadcopter drone, completely melting its casing and internal circuit. 

'We did a lot of preparation…seeing if we could track the airborne targets among ground clutter,' Adam Aberle, the program manager in charge of the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck, or HELMTT, said. 'We absolutely blew lots of stuff up.'
 
The team also used the laser to 'completely destroy' a laptop as a demonstration of how the system might be used to disable enemy command and control systems.
'It melts all the plastic, fractures the screen, and basically renders the laptop unusable,' said Aberle.  
 
HELMTT includes a 10-kilowatt laser - equivalent to about 10 million handheld laser pointers.
 
 
The story behind the ‘American Dream’ photo PDF Print E-mail
As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black “cover,” the dress headgear that Army cadets wear.

The photograph of Idrache, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, was published Tuesday on the Facebook page of West Point’s U.S. Military Academy, and it almost immediately went viral. Part of that is Idrache’s background: He worked his way through one of the nation’s most prestigious military schools after immigrating to the United States from Haiti, earning his citizenship and serving for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard, according to Army records.

“I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments,” Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth.”
 
Fanning takes oath as 22nd Secretary of Army PDF Print E-mail
Eric Fanning was sworn in, May 18, as the 22nd secretary of the Army during a small Pentagon ceremony.

Fanning was confirmed, May 17, by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position, Nov. 3, and served briefly as acting secretary of the Army until voluntarily stepping aside in January until the nomination process could be completed.

"It has been a long process to get here," Fanning said, "one that I don't think even the writers from 'House of Cards' could have scripted if they tried."

"But it's worth it," he continued. "This is a tremendous honor for me -- not just the appointment, but the opportunity to be secretary of the greatest Army in the history of the world."

As secretary of the Army, Fanning has overall responsible for organizing, training and equipping Army forces.

"It's a responsibility I take seriously," Fanning said. He defined his job as making "sure you're recruiting the best, that you're training them properly and then equipping them with what they need to do the job right and to get them home."
 
Training deployment in Pacific offers pathway to leader development PDF Print E-mail
A primary benefit to participation in Pacific Pathways, said 1st Sgt. Christian E. Lopez, is that it provides for Soldiers ample opportunity to develop for the future.

"We set conditions at the Soldier level, and going into Pacific Pathways, it helps build future leaders," said Lopez, who serves in 5-1 Calvary Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. "Our Soldiers were able to train on live-fire exercises with the Japanese and Koreans. Noncommissioned officers conducted small-unit tactics with the Japan army, and we were also able to conduct force-on-force operations with both Japan and Korea."

Lopez participated in Pacific Pathways 2015-3. For that Pathways deployment, some members of his unit went to Mongolia to participate in exercise Khaan Quest, while he and others went instead to Japan to participate in Orient Shield, as well as Korea, to participate in Hoguk. He discussed the effects of participation in Pacific Pathways on his Soldiers, May 18, in the Pentagon.

"The reason why this is important is because it accelerates our Soldiers' development," Lopez said. "Those young Soldiers and leaders will be the key principals going forward into Pacific Pathways in the future."
 
 
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