Tech & Kit

Hatch Mounted SATCOM


MIRAMAR, CA – Multiple squadrons from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducted a Hatch Mounted SATCOM (Satellite Communication) Antenna System (HMSAS) demonstration at Hangar 0 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Jan. 9. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 373, MWSS-372, Marine Aerial Refueler and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 installed and operated …

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AMEBA: The Underwater Radio

The Mechanically Based Antenna (AMEBA) program could enable radio communication through seawater and the ground. and directly between warfighters hundreds and ultimately thousands of kilometers apart.

Here’s something easy to forget when you are chatting on your cell phone or flipping channels on your smart TV: although wireless communication seems nothing short of magic, it is a brilliant, reality-anchored application of physics and engineering in which radio signals travel from a transmitter to a receiver in the form of electric and magnetic fields woven into fast-as-light …

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Soldiers, Researchers Test Prototype Uniforms During Combined Resolve VII


ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – U.S. Army researchers who are developing a wool-based fabric blend are aiming to improve combat uniforms while also boosting U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Army has developed a fabric composed of 50 percent wool, 42 percent Nomex, 5 percent Kevlar and 3 percent P140 antistatic fiber. The goal is to create a flame-resistant combat uniform made …

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Flexing in the Line of Fire: Lightweight, Flexible Body Armor


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets– defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator could do without. Engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory …

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DDG-1001 Christened, Named For MOH Recipient SEAL Michael Monsoor


BATH, ME – The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, the Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was christened at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Saturday, 18 June.  The ship is named for US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and killed in 2006 while operating in Ar Ramadi, …

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Nimbler, Faster, Smarter Armored Ground Vehicles


Today’s ground-based armored fighting vehicles are better protected than ever, but face a constantly evolving threat: weapons increasingly effective at piercing armor. While adding more armor has provided incremental increases in protection, it has also hobbled vehicle speed and mobility and ballooned development and deployment costs. To help reverse this trend, DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program recently awarded contracts …

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USSOCOM’s “Prometheus” Reconnaissance Satellite


MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL – U.S. Special Operations Command took its operations into orbit Nov. 2013 with the launch of the first eight cube satellites in a project titled, “Prometheus.” The CubeSats were developed in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico and the program was recognized with a Secretary of Energy Achievement …

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Self-Test Kit Warns of Biological Exposure in the Field


A special operations unit goes into an area recently held by insurgents and finds evidence of a biological agent laboratory. Chemical biological experts arrive on the scene in protective suits and determine that they were weaponizing ricin. The special operators in the unit need to know if they have been exposed, and fast. The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s (ECBC) newly …

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New Chips Ease Operations In Electromagnetic Environments


WASHINGTON, DC (DARPA) – Competition for scarce electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is increasing, driven by a growing military and civilian demand for connected devices. As the spectrum becomes more congested, the Department of Defense (DoD) will need better tools for managing the EM environment and for avoiding interference from competing signals. One recent DARPA-funded advance, an exceptionally high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC), …

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