Army scientists are looking to vacuum microwave drying, or VMD, technology to create new, quality items for rations that may also reduce the warfighter’s carrying load.

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center researchers hope to acquire the pilot scale equipment to develop items that meet the stringent requirements of military rations that must be shelf stable for years in extreme climates with no access to refrigeration, according to a recent press release.

The rapid drying technology would enable the creation of lightweight, nutritious, inexpensive shelf-stable foods, including cheese, fruits, vegetables and meats. Such items could be incorporated into the following rations: Meal, Cold Weather; Food Packet, Long-Range Patrol; and Meal, Ready-to-Eat.

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A 101st Airborne Division soldier fires a Sig Sauer pistol during weapons training May 29, 2015 at Tactical Base Gamberi in eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons)

If you haven’t already done so, check out my colleague Matthew Cox’s story about the U.S. Army finally kicking off its Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program.

One of the big takeaways is that the service isn’t just looking to buy a new 9mm pistol. It also wants to lock in an ammunition supplier. [click to continue…]



Militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, may be trading their Russian-made AK-47 rifles for American-made M-16 rifles.

That’s according to video analyzed by Flashpoint Intelligence, a closely held company that focuses on monitoring illicit activity through use of the “Deep & Dark Web.” The video, posted below, appears to show a dozen or so militants training with and shooting M-16s, as first reported NBC News. [click to continue…]


The U.S. Army Reserve just awarded a $1.3 million contract for Engagement Skills Training (EST) 3000 virtual training systems for its leader training program.

The EST 3000, which is made by Cubic Global Defense, is a small arms training device that is portable, multipurpose, multilane and can be used indoors to train marksmanship, offensive and defensive collective and “shoot-don’t shoot” judgmental firing skills.

The Army Reserve is combining Cubic’s EST 3000 system and Virtual Battlespace 3 laptop trainers into a Mission Leader Trainer containerized configuration, according to a Cubic Global Defense press release. The command will then leverage the modified MLT containers to support “three core training functions: EST 3000 for marksmanship; VBS3 laptop trainers; and tactical operations or leadership training.”

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Magpul has a new sight post upgrade for its MBUS Pro front-sight line that allows the shooter to choose between standard and match-level shooting.

“Featuring a rectangular cross-section, the MBUS Pro Enhanced Front Sight Post offers the user the option of a .040” Match profile for precision shooting or a standard .060” profile for visibility without changing posts,” Magpul officials maintain.

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The U.S. Army is reminding soldiers that they’ve got two years to buy the new physical fitness uniform.

The service’s Future Soldier Center on Monday tweeted that the mandatory possession date for the Army Physical Fitness Uniform, or APFU, is Oct. 1, 2017. [click to continue…]



Kudos to the three Americans who are rightly being hailed as heroes for subduing an Islamist gunman Friday while riding on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Spencer Stone, an airman in the Air Force, was the first to make contact with the gunman, who was wielding an AK-47 rifle, a Luger pistol and a box cutter. The gunman, known to French authorities as a security risk, slashed Stone with a box cutter in the head and neck and hand (some reports indicated his thumb was nearly cut off). [click to continue…]