Natick Soldier Systems Center

Practical & Tactical: Form Follows Function to Undermine Threats

"Form following function" is the modernists' principle that the shape of something should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Unfortunately, that is not always the case when it comes to warfighter uniforms. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Chemical and Biological Technologies Department is changing that with their
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Evolution to AMCOM: The Formation of the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command (ATCOM) Part III: Field Operating Activities, 1961-1975

y Dr. Kaylene Hughes, Historian In the 15 years between 1961 and 1975, during which ATCOM's predecessor aviation and troop support commands experienced significant alterations, both organizations acquired new missions involving acquisition, research and development, sustainment and testing. Also, between 1962 and 1968, the aviation portion of ATCOM's lineage i
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Portable Memorial Stand Simple, Dignified and Respectful

Story by Troy Rolan on 10/12/2017 A lonely pair of sand colored boots to the left and right of a combat helmet on top of an M-4 rifle balanced on its muzzle; while twenty-four painful notes play a simple melody, which expresses our gratitude when words fail. A chaplain deliver
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Deputy commanding general visits laboratory

Story by David McNally on 10/06/2017 ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 6, 2017) The deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, met with officials, scientists and engineers while touring Army Research Laboratory facilities at APG, Oct. 5, 2017. Brig. Gen. Anthony (Tony) Potts,
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Army's talent management opportunities open career potential

Story by Kari Hawkins on 09/29/2017 Professional growth and career advancement are goals for a series of civilian training opportunities offered through an Army development program that includes Enterprise Talent Management and Senior Enterprise Talent Management. Both ETM and SETM are obvious ways to further civilian careers. But they are
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Prototype exoskeleton suit would improve Soldiers' physical, mental performance

Story by Joyce Conant on 07/14/2017 ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Thanks to a new "suit" being developed by the DOD-funded Warrior Web program, future Soldiers will be able to march longer, carry heavier gear and improve mental sharpness. The suit has pulleys and gears designed to prevent and reduce
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Lightening the Load: Losing Weight, Gaining Protection

The threat of chemical weapons is one of the biggest concerns in modern combat, resulting in the need for our warfighters to don bulky protective gear that limits mobility. To address this issue, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Science and Technology Office developed the Chemical and Biological Lightweight Improved
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Army Acquisition official visits PEO Soldier

Story by Debra Dawson on 02/22/2017 FORT BELVOIR, Virginia The Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT) visited Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) Nov. 29, 2016, and learned how the organization is improving integration, reducing Soldier Load, and increasing Soldier protection and
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Natick civilian takes giant leap to learn more about Soldier equipment

By Jane Benson, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Why would an Army civilian jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Jennifer Hunt did it to find out more about Soldier equipment and the Soldiers who use it. Hunt is a textile technologist/materials engineer on the Aerial Delivery Engineering
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Starting from scratch: PBA begins textile production

Story by Rachel Selby on 02/02/2017 Known for expertise in the areas of ammunition manufacturing, and chemical and biological defense product development, refurbishment and sustainment, Pine Bluff Arsenal is now in the industrial sewing business. In 2015, the Arsenal was contacted by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and
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Meals Readily Explained: The untold 'true' story of the modern MRE

Story by TSgt Brandon Shapiro on 12/02/2016 It was Groundhog Day in one of those waiting rooms where time stands still and your olfactory system is bombarded by an unsettling smell of unknown origin. There was no amount of new posts on my phone that would relieve the tedium, or
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