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Cyber Has a New Look in the U.S. Army

September 23, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.

Cool App-titude: America's Army Comics

April 16, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

America's Army iPad Android appThe America's Army comics from the U.S. Army, designed to highlight the reality of being a soldier, are now available for the iPad and Android tablets. The free app features the first two issues of the comics, which follow the saga of courageous U.S. soldiers deployed to the fictional war torn region of Czervenia.

Readers can enjoy the story through animated panels, authentic sound effects and musical scores.

The app was developed by the same team that created the successful America's Army PC game—the Software Engineering Directorate of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. While the America's Army game is more than a decade old, the app is a relatively new offering and will continue to be updated with new issues and features.

"Comic books and the Army have been around for a long time," Marsha Berry, Army Game Studio public game director, explains. Both the game and the comic include the latest Army technology and emphasize that there is more to being a soldier than just guns.

Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Googly Play.

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U.S. Army Issues First NIE 14.1 Request for Proposal for Vehicle Tactical Router

December 27, 2012
SIGNAL

The U.S. Army recently announced that it is seeking mature solutions supporting the Vehicle Tactical Router gap to participate in the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.1 event, scheduled to take place in October - November 2013 at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. This marks the first request for proposal (RFP) to support the NIE events. The Army will use the RFP method to seek capability for targeted capability gaps, while also relying on Sources Sought notifications to target vendor solutions for broad capability gaps. The RFP will result in an NIE support contract award.

Researchers Whip Up 
Antenna 
Technology

December 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Army officials

 seek to replace the

 commonly used 
device.

For decades, the U.S. Army has relied on the ubiquitous whip antenna for an array of air and ground communications, but those antennas often interfere with one another and are plainly visible to enemy soldiers in search of a target. Now, service researchers are using a wide range of technologies that could begin replacing the pervasive whip, providing more efficient, effective and reliable combat communications. Options include antennas embedded with vehicle armor, transparent antennas integrated into windshields and smart antenna technology capable of determining the optimal direction to focus transmission power.

The rule of thumb on the battlefield is that the more antennas sticking off of a vehicle, the more likely the vehicle is a high-value target with a high-ranking occupant. But this situation could change as officials at the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, investigate technologies for short- and long-term replacements for whip antennas, whether for dismounted, mounted or airborne communications.

“The antenna is the intermediary between the radio and the network. You can have a state-of-the-art radio and a very substantive network, but if you don’t have the antenna, the whole thing falls apart,” says Mahbub Hoque, acting director of CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate. “We have programs in this directorate—in the antenna division—starting from basic research to develop prototypes to technology ready to transition to the program managers and program executive officers.”

Mobile Network Amps Up Army Modernization

July 13, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Select U.S. Army brigade combat teams headed to Afghanistan will soon receive components from the service's first integrated mobile network. The equipment package, known as Capability Set 13 (CS 13), could revolutionize combat operations and help the Army in its overarching modernization efforts.

Fundamental Change Requires Strategy

March 28, 2012
By George Seffers

One of the most critical pieces of the U.S. Army's Baseline Information Technology Services (ABITS) effort is measuring data, including customer satisfaction data, said Brig. Gen. Frederick Henry, USA, deputy commanding general of the service's Network Enterprise Technology Command. Gen. Henry made the remarks while addressing the audience at TechNet Land Forces Southwest 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.

Army Report on Enterprise Email Due Soon

March 28, 2012
By George Seffers

The U.S. Army's mandatory report to Congress on the migration to the Defense Information Systems Agency's Enterprise Email could be approved by the secretary of the Army any day now.

Cool App-titude: U.S. Army Launches App Store

March 27, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Soldiers can now purchase 12 mobile training apps from the newly launched Army Software Marketplace. The apps, developed through the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative, are approved for Army-wide use and available at www.marketplace.army.mil.

Cool App-titude: Army OneSource

February 22, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A series of free Army OneSource apps provide users with resources on the go. Developed by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the apps make it easy to find local services, manage money and stay up-to-date on the Army Family Action Plan.

Austin Appointed Army Vice Chief of Staff

October 3, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, USA, has been nominated for assignment as vice chief of staff, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

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