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Mattis’s Infantry Task Force: Righting ‘A Generational Wrong’

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Retired Maj. Gen. Bob Scales is the former commandant of the Army War College, a Vietnam veteran (and recipient of the Silver Star for valor) turned military historian and futurist. He’s also one of the fathers of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force to reform the infantry. In this op-ed, Scales goes… Keep reading →

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Grunts To Get High-Tech Targeting Goggles In 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This kind of effort to get fighter-jock technology to ordinary grunts — who do most of the fighting and dying — has enjoyed some high-profile attention in the last 12 months. The efforts cover everything from developing a new, more powerful longer-range rifle to buying off-the-shelf quadcopters, from adding VR training simulations to eliminating tedious safety lectures.

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Virtual Training Will Save Real Army Lives: Close Combat Task Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: Of all the technologies and tactics that the defense secretary’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force has looked at, I asked one battle-hardened noncom here this morning, what’s the one thing you personally think has the most potential to save lives? His answer wasn’t a bigger gun or a new drone. Instead, Sgt. Major Jason… Keep reading →

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Smart Rifles For Foot Soldiers: Army NGSW Prototype Contracts Out In June

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The Army is just weeks away from awarding contracts to begin buying prototypes of new infantry weapons, with live-fire tests next year.

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Lockheed, Army To Test Exoskeleton In December

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Lockheed Martin ONYX doesn’t seem particularly high tech when it’s surrounded by displays of mini-drones, wheeled robots, and VR simulators here. But lean in close and listen as the soldier bends his knee.

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HASC Endorses Mattis Infantry Task Force – With Some Suggestions

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act came from freshman Congressman Jimmy Panetta, son of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and a Navy Reserve veteran of Afghanistan.

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Stop Wasting Infantry’s Time: Mattis Task Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“All too often when we bring things up inside the Beltway, it immediately devolves to material and programs and technology,” said Scales. “What we hope comes out of this is not just new machines but new ways of thinking about warfare at the tactical level.”

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Guns, Drones, & Augmented Reality: Army Seeks Infantry Revolution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The catch, of course, is that the Army’s tried to field all these things before — and failed. Why would things go any better this time around? Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue has an answer for that.

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War Games: Army Replacing 1980s Simulators With Gaming Tech

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The first phase of the Synthetic Training Environment initiative replaces existing simulators for vehicles. The second phase aims to create — in just two years — something the Army’s never had before: an “immersive” virtual training environment for troops on foot.

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Mattis Upguns Infantry: Task Force To Invest Over $1B

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a former Marine Corps rifle platoon leader, wants better technology and training to keep frontline foot troops alive. He sent a Feb. 8 memo (below) to the Joint Chiefs, service chiefs, combatant commanders, and other top officials to create a Close Combat Lethality Task Force, applying the kind of top-level… Keep reading →

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