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Kudos on Esper confirmation

  NDIA welcomes Mark Esper as the new secretary of defense ARLINGTON, VA — The National Defense Industrial Association offers this statement on the confirmation of Mark Esper as the next U.S. defense secretary:NDIA congratulates Mark Esper on his rapid … Continue reading

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SIG SAUER Receives Award from DoD for Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) with MCX Rifle System

Newington, N.H. (August 7, 2018) – U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the selection of the SIG SAUER MCX System for the Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) for the existing M4A1 Carbine. The SIG SAUER MCX SURG System will … Continue reading

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The proliferation of hobby and commercial sUAS represents a significant threat to commercial aviation and domestic critical infrastructure. DHS, FAA and DOD are the principal drivers behind the recent Draconian restrictions placed on commercial and hobby sUAS flight.  The Federal … Continue reading

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What The Hell Happened?

It’s  Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. This week we saw Iran nab 2 U.S. Navy patrol craft and hold 10 of our sailors. Fortunately, all hands were safely returned; we should rejoice that moment but what the hell … Continue reading

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Brownells Recognized by U.S. Defense Department Veterans Group

CEO Pete Brownell (holding plaque) accepts the ESGR Appreciation Plaque from Mark Hennessey (left center) while joined by a group of Brownells’ employee/veterans. Brownells Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve Members Grinnell, Iowa (November 5, 2015) – Iowa … Continue reading

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Washington Times Says: “Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine”

The M4 complaints are based on two factors. First is lethality. When the Army moved from the M16 to the M4 they reduced barrel length from 18 inches to 14.5 inches. The decrease in barrel length reduced projectile muzzle velocity, … Continue reading

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FY 2015 Budget and Pro Forma Plan Through FY 2019

It looks like the worst may be over for the DoD budget wise. For fiscal year 2015, the services will have a base budget of $496 billion and an overseas contingency (war money) of $79 billion. Moving into 2016 and … Continue reading

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In A Move To Cut Expenses, DoD May Do Away With Base Commissaries

It looks like Department of Defense planners may target base Commissaries to reduce annual operating expenses by $1.4B. The DoD’s support for that decision is a 2012 survey in which active duty personnel and military retirees were surveyed to assess … Continue reading

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iPhone Approved For Military Networks Connectivity.

  Last Friday, 17-May-2013, the DoD announced that DoD issued iPhones are approved for use on military networks. The approval comes from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for all DoD issued iPhones and iPads using the iOS6 operating system. … Continue reading

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PM Soldier Weapons Gets A Little Help From Alion

Alion Science and Technology, a defense contractor, based in Northern, VA. was awarded an engineering research and development task order from the US Army to support its project manager soldier weapons (PM SW) programme. The task order is estimated to be worth … Continue reading

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Surviving The Coming Austerity

By: Sal Palma I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and discuss business conditions with a few small businesses operating in the industry this Blog serves. It is clear there are concerns. Some have been in business for a relatively … Continue reading

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New Regs Call For No Tattoos On Italian Soldiers…

Ministero della Difesa (MDD), Italy’s Ministry of Defense would like to see less ink on Italian Soldiers. In a Telegraph  article by Nick Squires, Italian soldiers will no longer be permitted to have visible tattoos. The regulation specifically targets art that … Continue reading

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USSOCOM Looking To Get Into Desktop Manufacturing

3D printing is starting to catch on in a big way and USSOCOM wants to get in on the action. The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) issued a solicitation, on 11-Aug-2012, (Solicitation Number: H92244-11-T-0234) expressing their interest in a 3D printer, specifically SOCOM … Continue reading

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Congress Doesn’t Think The Pentagon Needs So Many Bands.

The United States Congress has approved an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill authored by Rep Betty McCollum (D-MN) to limit DoD funding of military bands to $200 million. If it makes it through Congress, it could save $188 million. … Continue reading

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Somber Moods At Eurosatory 2012

Moods are more somber at Eurosatory as the reality of EU’s economy unfolds. Aggravating things further is the looming prospect that budget sequestration for the DOD may be unavoidable.  

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A Look At The Industry Into 2012…

Iraq is over, and Afghanistan is winding down. We’ll soon have all of our folks back home and as they assimilate into society so to will some of the catalyst driving our industry dissipate. This is the natural order of … Continue reading

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Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

The long-awaited Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011 was finally delivered to Congress. A classified and unclassified version of the DoD report was authorized by Section 1246, “Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving … Continue reading

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Having An Italian Running The DoD Is A Good Thing

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Sensors and Lasers

A month or two ago, PEO Soldier posted an interesting video on their site, and since sensors and lasers are part of the C4ISR schema that I’ll be talking about throughout the year, I thought it would be appropriate to … Continue reading

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SWR Brings Back Its Highly Successful Specwar 5.56mm Supressor.

SWR (Southeastern Weapons Research) Laurens, SC brings back its highly successful Specwar 5.56mm suppressor. The new design incorporates SWR’s Active Spring Retention (ASR)™ mounting system that guarantees a solid and secure mounting arrangement on any carbine. The Specwar is made … Continue reading

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