Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 1, January

Afghan Mission Network
THE Afghan Mission Network is filling a void and facilitating communication between the U.S. and key allies in Afghanistan. Until 2010, the 45 coalition nations fighting in Afghanistan were essentially speaking 45 different electronic languages. With...
Armor Solutions for Medium, Heavy Tactical Trucks Prove Useful
AS the primary means of transporting warfighters and logistics throughout the theater of operations, tactical wheeled vehicles have been under increasingly destructive and lethal attacks. At the onset of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,...
Brigade Combat Team Integration Exercise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DURING the Brigade Combat Team Integration Exercise--a demonstration that took place in July 2010 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.--a team of Soldiers, engineers and Army senior leaders...
Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications: A Convenient, Flexible Approach
WHETHER you're tech savvy or not, you will like what Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications can do for you. The CSDA concept is to explore and leverage potential smart phone technologies to support and access Army functions in a portable, hand-held...
GCV Designed for Protection, Flexibility to Adapt
THE Army is on a mission to provide a new infantry fighting vehicle to the warfighter. In 2010, the Army matured the requirements for a new Ground Combat Vehicle to replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Lessons learned from more than nine...
Infantry Brigade Combat Team Modernization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CAPABILITY packages are a key element of the Army's infantry brigade combat team modernization strategy, designed to significantly improve the Soldier's knowledge of the...
Insensitive Munitions Saving Lives
Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., hosted a Soldier home on mid-tour leave from Afghanistan in October 2009. Te Soldier, the son of a Picatinny employee, was a mortarman with the 10th Mountain Division. While at Picatinny, he spoke with Project Manager--Combat...
Javelin and CCWS: Responding to Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Javelin began as a man-portable, anti-armor missile in 1985, and continues to evolve. There have been major upgrades to the Command Launch Unit, featuring greater magnification, increased surveillance time, and increased...
JTRS: The Soldier's Networking Backbone
THE Joint Tactical Radio System, or JTRS, is transitioning from research and development, to production and delivery to Soldiers in the field. Providing cyber-hardened Internet Protocol networking on fluid, rough terrain battlefields, JTRS radios seamlessly...
Key to Energy Security: Renewable Energy Projects
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Army has implemented a broad range of projects to meet its goals for 7.5 percent substitution of renewable energy by 2013. The projects listed are examples of the Army's continuing effort to improve energy security. ...
Lighten Up: New Tactical Vest
THE Army's Program Executive Office Soldier places an emphasis on lightening the Soldier's load by reducing the weight of required equipment, both to enhance mission effectiveness and, most important, to improve Soldier survivability. The Improved...
Look, Up in the Sky ... It's the Gray Eagle
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Army is continuing production of the Gray Eagle Extended Range/Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aircraft System with the first unit to be equipped in fiscal year 2011. In support of a secretary of defense directive to surge forces...
Mortar Systems for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARMY commanders have long relied on their organic mortar systems to provide rapid and accurate fires. They own their mortars and understand their basic capabilities for providing responsive suppression, illumination and obscuration--and...
New Camo Enhances Soldiers' Capabilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AUGUST 10, 2010, Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan became the first to be issued uniforms in the newly designed Operation Enduring Freedom Camoulage Pattern, or OCP. The decision to develop and field an alternative camoulage...
New Fuel Cells Provide Expanded Mission Capability
RESEARCHERS have developed two fuel cell solutions that will allow Soldiers to run longer missions with more flexibility and greater safety and security. Engineers from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at...
New Weapons: Lighter, Better
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR years, the Army has been addressing Soldier load using both materiel and non-materiel approaches. For its part, Program Executive Office Soldier's Project Manager Soldier Weapons division continues to make progress...
One System Remote Video Terminal
THE One System Remote Video Terminal was born from an need for tactical commanders to leverage data collected from Unmanned Aircraft System and increase situational awareness on the battlefield. The UAS Common Systems Integration Product Office received...
Precision Guidance Kit Increases Artillery Accuracy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARMY artillerymen will soon have a new weapon that will allow them to provide more accurate fires. The XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit, or PGK, is a global positioning system guidance kit with fusing functions, scheduled...
Showers Reducing Water Delivery Burden
THE Force Provider Team, part of the Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems office, has designed and developed a state-of-the-art Shower Water Reuse System. The SWRS is a rapidly deployable, mobile, self-sustaining system, capable of recovering...
Solar Technology for Soldiers
THE Army has developed a lightweight solar rucksack kit that enables Soldiers to harvest energy from the sun and multiple battlefield power sources. The Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System, or REPPS, uses a foldable, anti-glint, 65-watt solar...
SUGV Puts Eyes on the Enemy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle allows Soldiers to send robotic "eyes and ears" into potential danger areas while minimizing risk. The SUGV is a small, man-packable robotic system weighing about...
The LAW Is Back
WARFIGHTERS now have an improved shoulder-launched weapon system that lightens the Soldier's load and improves his mobility on the battlefield. An upgraded M72 Light Assault Weapon is back and actively supporting Soldiers and Marines in the fight....
The Network: Centerpiece of Army Modernization
THE network is the centerpiece of Army modernization efforts. It will provide robust digital connectivity down to the Soldier level, and enable Soldiers to access information at the right place and time to achieve a decisive advantage over any enemy....
TOW: Combat-Proven Weapon of Choice
ORIGINALLY intended as an anti-tank weapon, the Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided missile remains an extremely effective weapon system. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the last seven years of conflict, the Army has fired more than 7,600...
UH-72A Lakota: Expanded Roles, Missions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter is the Army's newest helicopter. On June 30, 2006, the Army awarded a contract to EADS North America to deliver and support the Lakota. It is replacing aging UH-1 and OH 58A/C aircraft...
Value of Intelligence Expanded by DCGS-A
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GATHERING information on the battlefield presents challenges for Soldiers and commanders. Pulling together multiple sources of information to develop a complete understanding of the battlefield, as well as providing an enterprise...
Winning Wars with the Power of the Sun
IN the summer of 2009, para-troopers from the 82nd Airborne Division's reconnaissance company, Charlie Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, discovered 25 solar-powered water filtration machines locked up in an old hangar at Forward Operating Base Hammer,...
WIN-T Increment 2 Brings On-the-Move Communications to Soldiers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR the first time, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 will bring mobility to the Army's tactical network down to the company level. It will eliminate the need to stop to communicate, increasing maneuver speed...