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Army’s Multi-Domain Battle Gains Traction Across Services: The Face Of Future War

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HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: Less than six months after its official rollout, the Army’s new concept of future warfare has gotten traction with all four armed services. In brief, Multi-Domain Battle envisions the military — everything from submarines to satellites, tanks to jets, destroyers to drones, grunts to hackers — working together to overwhelm the enemy with… Keep reading →

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A ‘Highly Lethal’ War Of ‘Fleeting’ Advantages: Multi-Domain Battle

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ARLINGTON: The US Army isn’t counting on airpower in the next war. Without that cover, there won’t be supply drops, recon drones or medevac helicopters picking up your casualties — and you will have casualties. “Land-based forces now are going to have to penetrate denied areas to facilitate air and naval forces. This is the exact… Keep reading →

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Army’s Multi-Domain Battle To Be Tested In PACOM, EUCOM Wargames

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ARLINGTON: Harry Harris has to be the Army’s favorite admiral. The chief of Pacific Command has called for Army-owned anti-ship missiles. He has enthused over the Army’s new warfare concept, and now he is planning a major inter-service exercise to work out what that Multi-Domain Battle concept means in practice. “We are starting to put… Keep reading →

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AUSA Annual Conference Grows For 1st Time In 6 Years

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WASHINGTON: DC’s biggest defense conference just stopped getting smaller. The Association of the US Army’s annual meeting is a cultural touchstone for the largest service and a leading indicator for the health of the defense industry. Like the Pentagon budget, AUSA attendance peaked during the troop surge in 2010, then shrank rapidly with the drawdowns,… Keep reading →

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The Next War? Trench Warfare With Smart Bombs

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WASHINGTON: If you want a glimpse of future war, look back a hundred years to the bloody stalemate of the Somme, the cataclysmic battle of World War I. Instead of machineguns and artillery slaughtering soldiers in no man’s land, imagine smart weapons ravaging the air, land and sea. Instead of biplanes overhead, imagine swarming drones. Instead… Keep reading →

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Rebuilding The M2 Bradley: Same A4 Turret But Most Is New

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WASHINGTON: More horsepower. Higher suspension. A blast-resistant underbody. Safer fuel tanks. A larger hull. Take it all together and this may not just be another upgrade but more like a complete rebuild. The goal is allow the 1980s-vintage M2 Bradley to survive on the battlefields of the 2030s, contractor BAE Systems said. Since there is no money in… Keep reading →

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How Robot Trucks Will Work: Army Roboticist

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AUSA: Google does it. Tesla does it. So why isn’t the Army deploying self-driving cars and trucks throughout the world to save lives and move gear without weighing down soldiers? The Army’s chief roboticist, Bob Sadowski, talked with me about what makes it so challenging for the military to design autonomous trucks that can crawl their… Keep reading →

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For Want Of A Nail: ‘Awful’ Missing Pieces Of NATO

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WASHINGTON: War time is a bad time to run out of gas. If there was a crisis with Russia today, and a German unit needed to refuel from a US Army pump, they couldn’t do it. Why? The goddamn nozzle doesn’t fit. It’s just one of the host of seemingly minor shortfalls, from pontoon bridges to… Keep reading →

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Miserable, Disobedient & Victorious: Gen. Milley’s Future US Soldier

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WASHINGTON: “On the future battlefield, if you stay in one place longer than two or three hours, you will be dead,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says. “That obviously places demands on human endurance.” With units in constant motion far from friendly forces, “being surrounded will become the norm,” continues Milley. There will no… Keep reading →

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Big Gun, Small Truck: AM General Mounts Howitzer On Humvee (VIDEO)

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AUSA: There are almost a quarter-million Humvees (and counting) around the world, from the US to Ukraine to the Philippines, and AM General built them all. The Indiana-based company is constantly finding new ways to upgrade the 1980s-vintage design, but this is the most radical I’ve seen: a cargo Humvee whose flatbed holds a howitzer, the kind of weapon… Keep reading →

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