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Green Berets assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), enter and clear a room during a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) training exercise near Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 16, 2017.  The SFAUC exercise tests the Green Berets’ ability to lead direct action strikes in urban areas.  Urban combat is a skill 10th Group routinely trains on with multinational Special Operations partners. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Stevenson)

New Army, Marine Corps Manual Lays Out Plans For Future Urban Combat

With half the world’s population living in cities, both the Army and Marine Corps foresee intense urban combat as a likely element of future wars, leading to the publication of a new manual on how to fight those battles. In megacities, which will be home to 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050, the […]

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor achieves first flight at Bell Helicopter's Amarillo, Texas, facility. (Bell Helicopter photo)

Bell V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype Achieves First Flight

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor lifted off Dec. 18, marking a first for Bell Helicopter’s offering in the Army’s Joint Multirole technology demonstration (JMR-TD). The company did not immediately provide information about the duration or other characteristics of the V-280’s first flight. Video and still images from the company show the aircraft lifting off from […]

Commanding General of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence Maj. Gen. John Morrison. Photo: Army.

Army Pursuing Rapid Prototyping Of Integrated Electronic Warfare-Cyber Capabilities In FY 18

As the Army begins moving its electronic warfare (EW) components over to its cyber branch, officials are shifting focus to rapid prototyping of integrated tools meant to enhance the capabilities of its maneuver commanders and cross-functional teams. Army officials see FY ‘18 as an important year for developing tools that remove stovepiped requirements for EW […]

A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge on Sept. 3, 2017 in preparation to support hurricane relief efforts. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Juan A. Soto-Delgado.)

GAO: DoD Needs Better Tracking Of Climate Change Costs To Bases, Operations

The Defense Department knows its overseas bases are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but it does not track the estimated cost of those impacts, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Climate change could disrupt training, testing and operations at various overseas installations in areas susceptible to sea level rise and inclement weather, […]

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, chief of U.S. Special Operations Command

SOCOM Chief: Offensive Cyber Hindered By Slow Acquisition, Outdated Policy

Offensive cyber operations could be a powerful weapon for U.S. Special Operations Command and the conventional services, but its potential is hindered by outdated policy and sluggish acquisition, according to SOCOM chief Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas. “We have the technology. We just have to embrace it as an essential weapon in our arsenal,” he said […]

Col. William Hartman, deputy commander of Army Cyber Command’s Joint Force Headquarters.  Photo: Army.

Army Cyber-Electromagnetic Spectrum Program Needs Industry Engagement, Training Center Testing

The Army is seeking further engagement with industry and more opportunities to test new equipment at combat training centers as it moves ahead with its pilot program to integrate cyber and electromagnetic capabilities. The cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) initiative aims to improve training environments for offensive kits and cyber resilient capabilities to combat rapidly changing […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Army Missile Defense Brain Passes Complex Test Of Threat-Tracking Capability

The Army’s open architecture missile defense brain recently demonstrated its ability to track and defend against an array of aerial threats during the most complex test of the system to date. Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla., used Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS), to direct Army air and […]

A Soldier assigned to Train Advise Assist Command-East pulls security with an Afghan National Army troop from 201st Corps during a partnered force protection patrol in Laghman province, Afghanistan, Sept. 23, 2015. (Photo Credit: Capt. Jarrod Morris)

Army Announces Second Advise-And-Assist Unit Based At Fort Bragg

The Army on Friday announced the creation of its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), specially trained units that focus on advising and assisting partner and allied militaries. The second SFAB will be stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and will be formally activated in January. It is the second of six planned SFABs, which are […]

Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle
Photo: U.S. Army

Army Seeking Stryker-Mounted Air Defense System

The Army is seeking proposals for short-range air defense (SHORAD) capabilities aboard a Stryker wheeled fighting vehicle to protect units from enemy aircraft, especially the proliferating threat of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). A request for information (RFI) released Dec. 7 outlines the Army’s need to “defend maneuver formations and other tactical echelons from low-altitude air […]

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.

Army Aiming To Dramatically Reduce Requirements Process For New Weapons

The newly confirmed Army secretary is determined to shorten the time it takes to develop and field new technologies to soldiers. Mark Esper intends to shrink the time it takes to develop requirements for a weapon system from an average five years to just 12 months, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee Dec. 7. […]