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Marine veteran invents new lightweight body armor

By David Louis Rawlins Times RAWLINS, Wyo. — The host of successful companies that began in a garage is impressive: Amazon, Apple, Disney, Harley Davidson and Mattel to name a few. Add one more to the list, RMA Armament, Inc., one of only a few companies manufacturing lightweight body armor. Now based in Rock Island, Ill., with manufacturing facilities in Monticello Iowa, it all began in 2011 in the garage of a former Rawlins Police officer Blake Waldrop. Waldrop had been on the Rawlins force ... More

What is Military Procurement?

Military procurement is the management of a nation's investments in technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve its National Security Strategy and support its Armed Forces. The goal is to rapidly acquire quality products that fulfill user needs with improvements to mission capability at an equitable price.  The US Defense Acquisition University (DAU) defines procurement as the act of buying goods and services for the government. DAU defines acquisition as the conceptualization ... More

PAPR Filter System is designed for CBRN hazardous environments

CBRN C420 PAPR Filter System meets National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) standard at 15-minute classification level (CAP1). PAPR respiratory protection system combines CBRN CAP 1 filter, CBRN protective mask, and C420 blower to protect user's face, eyes, and gastro-intestinal tract against known chemical and biological agents in aerosol, liquid, and vapor form.  Designed and engineered th ... More

From Iron Man to Batman: The future of soldier suits

By Sharon Weinberger When the first Iron Man movie was released in 2008, defense companies rushed to capitalise on the sudden public interest in exoskeletons – armour-like suits that can provide superhuman powers – similar in theory to what Tony Stark wore. If exoskeletons evoke images of super soldiers flinging cars, the reality could be equally as dramatic, hoped defence companies. “The exoskeleton is essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s strength, endurance ... More

Case study: A radioactive IED

By Lina Kolesnikova During the summer and autumn of 1995, Shamil Basayev, one of the most notorious Chechen guerrilla commanders, repeatedly threatened the government of the Russian Federation with new terrorist acts if various military operations of the federal forces continued. He also claimed that he had possession of seven containers of bacteriological weapons and five artillery shells containing binary munitions and radioactive materials. He stated the intent to use them against the civil population of Rus ... More