In the News

March 9, 2020

Top SMDC officer uses drone-zapping lasers, says missile defense remains top focus

A wrecked drone sits on the desk of the Army's senior air defender after being shot down during a test at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, a few weeks ago. The pile of vaporized plastic is evidence of the firepower behind the Army's cutting-edge, drone-blasting laser technology.

March 8, 2020

178th Security Forces Squadron leads security execution in domestic operations exercise

When disaster strikes, chaos can easily ensue. Protecting life and property can be a daunting task for local law enforcement when their own communities are decimated by a natural disaster. That is why members of the National Guard train to assist at a moment’s call and support local law enforcement. A commitment to training and readiness brought 30 members of the 178th security forces squadron to train for and lead a security execution during a simulated hurricane for the domestic operations exercise known as Patriot South, February 7 to March 7.

Feb. 28, 2020

Train-the-trainer course challenges U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center security guards

The course, the first of its kind at ERDC, was designed not only to train guards in their duties, but also to teach them the skills necessary to pass that knowledge on to their peers. “It was a multi-pronged approach,” said Rick Maillet, chief of security and law enforcement at ERDC. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters came to us with the opportunity to do some Department of the Army Security Guards training, and we asked if we could do train-the-trainer.”

Feb. 18, 2020

Farragut Sailors complete OC certification course

Twenty Sailors completed the Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) certification course on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) on Jan. 18 to qualify for shipboard watches. To graduate the course, the Sailors had to complete a five-station fight-through drill involving the employment of the baton to include strikes, blocks and retention, threat assessment, Mechanical Advantage Control Holds involving subject control, takedowns and compliance, and OC contamination and decontamination.

Feb. 11, 2020

Camp Lejeune Provost Marshal’s Office conducts law enforcement tactics training

U.S. Marine and civilian military police officers with the Provost Marshal’s office (PMO), Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune conducted a law enforcement defensive tactics and sustainment training session on MCB Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 11, 2020.

Feb. 3, 2020

NUWC Division Newport engineer serves as brigadier general in RI National Guard

Javier “Alex” Reina, country manager for Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s Foreign Military Sales, spends his off-duty hours in service to another branch of the military – the R.I. Army National Guard. In May, Reina, a resident of East Freetown, Massachusetts, was promoted to brigadier general.

Jan. 24, 2020

The law of land warfare handbook is now available as a ‘pocket guide’

The Army has issued a new 200-page handbook for general officers and judge advocates in the service as it looks to update a more than 60-year-old guide for ground-pounders that may find themselves wading through complex legalese. The manual, called the Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Land Warfare, is a fraction of the Defense Department’s 1200-page Law of War manual and a necessary update to the 1956 volume it replaces, according to service leadership.

Dec. 16, 2019

NATO renews pledge to strengthen training on International Humanitarian Law

Last week in Geneva (9-12 December 2019), a NATO delegation attended the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in an observer capacity. The Organization formally pledged to continue a substantive dialogue with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to identify areas where training and education provided by NATO on international humanitarian law may be further enhanced.

Dec. 14, 2019

435th SFS bolsters global security

The 435th Security Forces Squadron hosted a security forces specialty training course to enhance defenders’ skillsets at the Ground Combat Readiness Training Center, Dec. 6 to 14. The Leader Led Training Course allowed defenders from around the Air Force to receive instructor certification in ground combat skills. Newly certified instructors returned home, creating a force multiplier for a standard training baseline across the security forces career field.

Dec. 13, 2019

US Marines, sailors aboard MCB-Camp Butler take part in Security Augmentation Force Training

U.S. Marines and sailors aboard Marine Corps Base-Camp Smedley D. Butler took part in the Security Augmentation Force Training from Dec. 2 to Dec. 12 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

Dec. 3, 2019

Army pursuing improved realism in live and virtual training

One conundrum to providing a realistic and immersive virtual training experience for Soldiers is portraying computer-generated people and objects behind real things, and doing so in real time from multiple perspectives as actors and objects move around. Addressing this challenge, known as dynamic occlusion, is one focus as the Army works with industry and academia partners to build the Synthetic Training Environment.

Nov. 21, 2019

Promising new tool protects Ships, Sailors

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is developing another way to protect naval assets and Sailors at the pointy end of the spear.

Nov. 14, 2019

Air Force Takes Lasers, Microwave Weapons for a Spin at Army’s MFIX

A recent set of experiments with laser and microwave weapons in Oklahoma is shaping how the Air Force moves forward with its plan to protect bases from drones using directed energy. Five systems participated in the Air Force portion of the Maneuver and Fires Integrated Experiment, an Army-run demonstration at Fort Sill, Okla., that ran from Oct. 15 to Nov. 6.

Oct. 29, 2019

Directed Energy Weapons Move Closer to Prime Time

The US military has doubled its spending on directed energy weapons over the past two years, and the investment is bearing fruit. Earlier this month, the Air Force successfully tested five prototype systems and is preparing to deploy at least two of them overseas by the end of 2020.

Oct. 25, 2019

Air Force Research Laboratory Hosts Directed Energy Futures 2060 Summit

The Directed Energy Futures Summit, held on Oct. 16, was led by Dr. Richard Joseph, Air Force Chief Scientist, to chart a course for the future of Directed Energy (DE) technologies.

Oct. 24, 2019

Do microwave cones have a place in the counterdrone zone?

With a cone pointed at the sky extending from an uncannily familiar barrel, the form factor of the microwave weapon was unmistakable. The Time Integrated Gigawatt Electromagnetic Response, or TIGER, developed by Leidos, made its public debut at the 2019 meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. Melding the stylistic choices of a 1950s sci-fi reel with color schemes and lived reality of the forever war, Leidos bills the TIGER as part of a balanced counterdrone diet.

Oct. 21, 2019

Navy ’20-something’ Civilians Develop Power Solution for Electric Weapons Aboard Warships

Burg was among six Navy junior engineers and scientists who interacted with Sailors over the course of seven days last spring to see how the ship’s power was monitored, distributed, and controlled at sea. Along the way, they sought answers to one follow-on question after another: how much power is available aboard ships with directed energy weapons? How much power will be required? What can done to resolve power gaps for electric weapons?

Oct. 15, 2019

Non-Lethal Weapons? Will Marines ever use this capability?

I used to believe that a question had an obvious answer. The United States military is the world’s most feared and lethal fighting force with the Marines being among the most aggressive warriors within that force. Beyond crowd control during peacekeeping in lieu of (ILO) operations, considering the tactical employability of non-lethal weapons (NLW) as a young combat arms officer seemed irrelevant and impractical. As a tank officer, and more recently as an acquisitions program manager, I spent the majority of my career enhancing the lethality of the Corps. Given the importance of strengthening warfighting capabilities with limited time and resources, the significance of NLW, even for kinetic and potentially lethal operations, was not immediately intuitive. However, once I moved beyond conceptualizing NLW as essential equipment for only Marine Security Guards and military police, it did not take long for me to understand their utility, relevance, and importance across the spectrum of conflict.

Oct. 11, 2019

JBSA partners with UTSA, Southwest Research Institute to address Electromagnetic Defense Strategy

Joint Base San Antonio, along with research partners from the National Security Collaboration Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southwest Research Institute, had their inaugural Domestic Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, or DEMSO, Working Group meeting Sept. 27.

Oct. 2, 2019

Navy, Marines express interest in ‘stackable’ modular offensive grenades for the future

The Crane, Ind.-based Naval Surface Warfare Center issued a request for information about the modular grenades last month, along with several other early-stage procurement notices about several flash-bang grenade variants. The Marine Corps also has expressed interest in the stacking grenades. The notices come as the military looks to expand its nonlethal-weapons capabilities for a complex, modern battlefield, where troops might encounter more low-intensity conflict scenarios or situations in which civilians and enemy combatants are intermixed.