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If you haven’t heard about this, it’s a pretty interesting story. A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss’s brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle suppressors, according to prosecutors in a trial that began recently.

“In opening trial statements in Alexandria, Va., prosecutors said the defendant, Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling, had no authority to buy weapons and that the real reason for the contract was to bail out his boss’s brother, who prosecutors said had a failing race-car business.”

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Emdom USA has a new, low-profile wallet that might be just the right touch of tacticool for your business cards, cash and plastic.

The Emdom Slim Wallet is made from the “thinnest and lightest weight materials possible,” Emdom officials maintain.

It features five external card slots on the front and a webbing grid on the back for additional cards. The cash pocket features plastic inserts in the opening for ease of access.

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The swatch of Army uniform fabric on the right has been treated with a special coating, making it super liquid repellent. Three drops of grape juice sit on top. The un-coated swatch on the left could not keep the grape juice from soaking in. (U.S. Army photo) The swatch of Army uniform fabric on the right has been treated with a special coating, making it super liquid repellent. Three drops of grape juice sit on top. The un-coated swatch on the left could not keep the grape juice from soaking in. (U.S. Army photo)

U.S. Army scientists have developed an advanced coating for fabrics that could make soldier uniforms much more effective at repelling water, oil and many other liquid chemicals.

This durable “omniphobic” coating is much more repellent than Quarpel – a water-repellent coating that has been used for the past 40 years, Army officials maintain.

“It’s omniphobic. That means it hates everything,” Quoc Truong, a physical scientist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, said in an Army press release.

Truong and other Army scientist developed the coating to ensure “minimal impact to Army fabrics’ original physical properties and performances, such as comfort, while providing added repellency to water, oil and toxic chemicals,” the release states.

The coating greatly reduces how often soldiers need to clean their clothes and enhances chem-bio protection, according to Army officials.

Uniforms treated with the coating then underwent field testing to assess field durability, performance and user acceptance.

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IWI US, Inc. just announced the release of its expensive new IWI Tavor Tactical Combat Folding Knife.

This exclusive design is produced from the “finest CPM-154 steel and is set into a textured G-10 handle that aids in grip retention. It has all black stainless steel hardware with a black anodized aluminum back spacer, incorporating a silky smooth 16 ball bearing system that ensures a solid lock up and zero side-to-side play,” IWI US officials maintain.

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SilencerCo announced today it will offer a new line of threaded barrels for Glock and other popular pistols.

Rifle barrels can easily be threaded to accept a suppressor, but most pistols require the purchase of a threaded aftermarket barrel to take advantage of the benefits a silencer can offer.

“The only thing better than a normal pistol barrel is a threaded pistol barrel,” SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron said in a press release.  “All pistol silencers require one. We noticed a market need for high quality pistol barrels, and we stepped in to offer them.”

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U.S. Army scientists are trying to show how better-fitting body armor can improve a soldier’s performance.

Members of the Anthropology and Human Factors Teams at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are conducting a range-of-motion and encumbered anthropometry study to better understand the link between fit and performance with the Improved Outer Tactical Vest Gen III.

“We have this belief that if the fit of the body armor is really good, then the performance is going to be maximized,” Dr. Hyeg joo Choi, the principal investigator for the study, said in an Oct. 9 Army press release. “So the question is how can we quantify a good fit so that soldiers’ performance is maximized?”

To help answer that question, Choi and her fellow researchers collected measurements from 23 soldiers at Natick, including 21 males and two females.

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Raytheon Wearable ComputerRaytheon unveiled a 7-inch Panasonic tough pad wearable computer designed to provide dismounted soldiers with information on-the-move such as moving map displays and terrain data, company officials said Oct. 14 at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington D.C.

The seven pound wearable computer is a MCM1 Panasonic Tough Pad mini-computer ruggedized for military use and designed to run digital maps and graphics using Army force-tracking software such as Joint Battle Command – Platform, or JBC-P.

“We’re giving the guy at the edge of the spear the ability to look at intelligence information,” said Brian Murphy, program manager for wearable situational awareness, Raytheon. [click to continue…]

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