warfighter technology

June 1, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A scientist at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) holds a demonstration battery built in the shape of an Army star. This new battery technology, constructed with a water-based electrolyte, is lightweight, flexible and safe from explosive reactions, making it more suitable for battlefield applications than conventional batteries. Army Research Laboratory photo

The proliferation of soldier electronic devices may be powered by a new generation of batteries based on substances as exotic as water. Other technologies are part of the mix as scientists strive to eliminate the need for individual soldiers to carry power-supply bricks in their kit.

The new power sources may take the form of conformal constructs that are shaped to fit on a soldier’s body. Even vest straps could be power sources that support a host of different electronics technologies essential to infantry operations.

August 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Data-rich 3D maps would let soldiers spend time viewing terrain from a variety of perspectives to gain an intuitive sense of the battlespace before megacity operations. Courtesy photo

Some U.S. Army officials and other experts warn that the nation’s military may one day have to do something militaries throughout history have tried to avoid: fight in major cities. Urban combat, in many ways, neutralizes any technological advantage, but some technologies, such as robots and 3D learning maps, could still provide an edge.

Urban combat, even in smaller cities, is the most complicated, chaotic, brutal and bloody form of warfare. But experts increasingly caution that it is only a matter of time before warfighting in megacities—cities with populations of 10 million or more—becomes necessary.

August 10, 2011
 

The U.S. Army has linked military radios and chat systems with cell phones, instant messaging and other commercial products that can facilitate communications among the U.S. military and NATO allies. Using Lync 2010, a Microsoft collaboration product, the capability will enable warfighters in command posts or on patrol to know who is online and the best way to reach them-either by computer, radio, chat or phone.