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Report: USMC Requests Additional 50,000 M27 Automatic Rifles for Military Troops

The U.S. Marine Corps has requested for an additional 50,000 automatic rifles for the service branch’s riflemen, combat engineers and light armored reconnaissance battalion scouts, Marine Corps Times reported Wednesday. The 5.56 mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, which will replace the service branch’s current M4 assault rifles, feature a 30-round magazine and can fire …

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Doug Wiltsie: Army Rapid Capabilities Office to Expand Operations

The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities Office plans to expand its scope of operations beyond the current cyber, electronic warfare and assured position, navigation and timing focus areas, Army Times reported Wednesday. Doug Wiltsie, director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, told Army Times that the office will look to focus on …

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Air Force’s Updated ‘Frankenphone’ Aims to Facilitate Communications Between Reaper Drone Pilots, Ground Crews

A U.S. Air Force officer has redesigned a device to help address communication difficulties between ground forces and pilots of General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, the Air Force reported Thursday. Capt. Gregory, a flight training commander with the service branch’s 42nd attack squadron, created an upgraded version of …

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Army Seeks Director to Lead Intell CoE for Capabilities Devt & Integration

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is looking for a professional to serve as director of the service branch’s Intelligence Center of Excellence for Capabilities Development and Integration at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. A USAJobs notice published June 5 says the selected applicant will develop and implement a synchronized strategy to determine the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance …

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Air Force Would Defer A-10, U-2 Retirement Plans Under Trump Budget

A fiscal 2018 spending plan released by the Trump administration does not provide  retirement dates for the U.S. Air Force‘s A-10 Warthog and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft fleets, Defense News reported Tuesday. Defense News obtained budget documents that say the Air Force plans to allocate money for its fleet of 283 A-10s; extend the service of U-2 …

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Army’s Universal Mission Simulator Helps Train UAS Flight Crews

The U.S. Army uses a full-simulation platform to augment live flight training for unmanned aircraft system crews and help reduce costs and risks at the service branch’s aviation and missile research, development and engineering center. The Universal Mission Simulator is designed to train flight crews on how to operate Gray Eagle and Shadow functions such as launch, preflight, taxi, flight route, target …

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Army Creates Force Modernization Plan for 2020-2040 Time Frame

The U.S. Army expects to release this summer a maneuver force modernization strategy that describes what the military branch’s warfighters should do to counter potential threats between 2020 and 2040. The service branch said Tuesday it used data from the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s study on Russia’s utilization of artillery, electronic warfare and unmanned aerial systems to develop the strategy’s underlying …

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Capt. Christopher Flaherty Appointed Commodore of Commander Task Force 57

Capt. Christopher Flaherty has taken helm as the Commander Task Force 57’s commodore after a U.S. Naval Force Central Command-hosted change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The U.S. Navy said Tuesday Flaherty has succeeded Capt. Brett Coffey who will report to the Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit …

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