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US Army Interested In Procuring An Infantry Squad Vehicle

September 25th, 2018

In a Sources Sought Notice published on 24 September, 2018 by Product Lead, Ground Mobility Vehicles (PL GMV), they are conducting a market survey for new production of an Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).

According to the notice, the ISV will provide mobility for a 9-soldier infantry squad with associated equipment to move around the close battle area. The ISV is a lightweight, high mobility platform that shall be transportable by all means including vertical lift (via CH47 and UH60) and Low Velocity Air Drop (LVAD).

Polaris DAGOR
Some of this requirement is similar to the DAGORs used by the 82nd Abn Div and GMV 1.1 used by SOF and recently purchased by the Army for as an interim vehicle for five additional Airborne Combat Teams, but Congress has directed the Army to hold a competition for its remaining light ground mobility requirement.

GMV 1.1 manufactured by GD
Neither of these vehicles will accommodate an entire nine-person Squad and equipment into. As both of these trucks satisfy the aerial delivery requirements set forth by the Army, the program is going to be tough to satisfy if the vehicle has to satisfy the large payload as well.

Additional requirements include:

Physical Characteristics: Platform characteristics will be heavily influenced by mobility, payload and by the vertical lift characteristics of the UH60 and internal transport dimensions of the CH47 as defined in MIL-HDBK-1791 and MIL-STD-1366. For purposes of this questionnaire, the ISV shall meet its transportability and aerial delivery requirements at Vehicle Curb Weight (VCW) defined as an empty vehicle with Basic Issue Items (BII), a ¾ complement of fuel, lubricants, coolant, and hydraulic fluid (as applicable). Based on current research and requirements for UH-60 Sling Load capabilities the VCW at a maximum must be 4,800 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) will apply to all other weight requirements. GVW is defined as VCW plus operational payload of Soldiers and their associated equipment and supplies. The GVW will be the VCW with a nine soldier payload (i.e. 3200lbs). The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) will be the VCW plus maximum designed payload.

Military Specific Modifications: Blackout Lights, weapon mounts, Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) paint, 24V electrical, MIL-STD-814/MIL-STD-209K provisions, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Slave and Military Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL)

Mobility: The ISV shall be a vehicle capable of traversing longitudinal grades up to 60%. The ISV shall be capable of meeting the mobility requirements from VCW to GVW on the following terrain profiles:

Survivability: The ISV is envisioned as a lightweight, highly mobile open cab vehicle. Survivability will be achieved through high mobility, a roll cage and occupant restraints.

Transportability: The ISV shall be transportable by the following means: C-17/C-130 airdrop including C-17 Dual Row Airdrop System (DRAS), C-17/C-130 internal transport in roll-on/roll-off (RORO) configuration, CH-47 internal transport, CH-47/UH-60 external transport, rail and sea.

Environmental: The ISV shall be capable of operating in Hot/Basic/Cold as defined in Army Regulation (AR)-38. The ISV shall be capable of saltwater/freshwater fording and operating in adverse environmental conditions as defined in MIL-STD-810 (e.g. blowing rain, blowing dust, salt fog, etc.).

The total number of vehicles is 2,065, procuring 100 per year, beginning in 2020.

Any potential solicitation (and resulting contract) would acquire Government Purpose Rights to associated technical data, logistical and test support, installation kits and ancillary hardware with the vehicles. The ancillary hardware includes, but is not limited to, Basic Issue Items (BII), special tools, new specialty kits, expeditionary field kits, initial support items, self-recovery winch kits, and extended draw bars.

Responses are required by Oct 26, 2018 5:00 pm Eastern. Visit www.fbo.gov for full details.

ITS Tactical – OSS Tradecraft Toolset

September 24th, 2018

[Arlington, TX, 9/24/18] Imminent Threat Solutions is proud to introduce the OSS Tradecraft Toolset, an ultra-concealable and fully-capable covert device, reminiscent of those utilized by America’s WWII intelligence agency. It measures only 2.25” long and features five of the most effective entry/escape tools.

Removing the OSS from its half-length rubber storage sheath allows for rapid deployment of the toolset. Being bound by a rivet enables a quick selection of either the City Rake, Bogota® Triple Rake, Long Reach Hook or Escape Saw to pair with the included tensioner.

Imminent Threat Solutions provides indispensable skill-sets and products to explore your world and prevail against all threats.

For more information on ITS Security products, please visit store.itstactical.com/collections/security.

Max Talk Monday – Buddy Pair Fire & Movement: Assault

September 24th, 2018

This is the sixth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

An instructional session buddy pair fire and movement (assault), including a live fire demo. This is a follow up to the ‘Why the Lone Wolf Operator will Die’  Max Talk Videos, designed to show the advantages of the correct application of fire and movement at the basic building-block of a two-man buddy pair. This video is followed in series by a buddy pair break contact demonstration.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Navy Announces Updates to Uniform Policies

September 24th, 2018

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy announced updates to uniform policy, grooming standards and the launch of a uniform working group in NAVADMIN 233/18, Sept. 21.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik.

Highlights of the changes include:
• Completion of fittings and wear tests for new, improved female officer and chief petty officer slacks and skirts, scheduled to be available for purchase by the end of 2018
• Announcement of the improved general safety boot (I Boot 4) with enhanced comfort and durability features, expected to be available for purchase in October 2018
• Commanding officer’s (CO) approval for the wear of coyote brown ball cap with coveralls and flight suits
• CO authorization of command logos on t-shirts worn with Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II and III, coveralls and flight suits
• Fingernail grooming standards for men and women, including guidance on length, shape and color of nails
• Lock hairstyle standards for wear, size, length and guidance for wear in uniform
• Wear guidance and changes to the allowed material for rings and bracelets
• Announcement for Sailors assigned to Marine Corps units, who must now abide by Marine Corps grooming standards when wearing Marine Corps uniforms
• Authorization and wear guidance for the optional simultaneous wear of the Post-Tour Command at Sea and Command Ashore/Project Manager insignia

Navy has launched a uniform policy working group to provide a forum for direct Fleet feedback on uniform wear and regulations. Commands interested in having a crew member participate in a future working group can submit a command endorsed request with the name, rank, rate and availability of the Sailor to the “Ask The Chiefs” email list at umo_cmc@navy.mil.

Sailors can provide feedback and recommendations on Navy uniforms and the Navy Uniform App at any time via the “Ask The Chiefs” email, on the Navy Uniform Matters Office website at www.npc.navy.mil, or a link available on the Uniform App.

Read NAVADMIN 233/18 in its entirety for details and complete information on all of the announced uniform changes, updates and guidelines at www.npc.navy.mil.

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Prometheus Design Werx – Roam Jacket

September 24th, 2018

The Finest in American Made Leather Outerwear

Prometheus Design Werx debuts the Roam Jacket as part of their new Fall 2018 line up. Each jacket is individually handmade in San Francisco in partnership with a long established leather shop specializing in motorcycle police to biker club jackets. Using the finest premium grade, heavyweight suede hides sourced and tanned in the USA, lined in MILSPEC 5050 NYCO ripstop, and industrial grade brass snaps, the Roam Jacket is part trucker, cruiser and chore coat. Classic and timeless American styling, this suede jacket is made to be worn for a lifetime, and can be passed on to your kids. From open range to open road, the Roam Jacket has 7 pockets for all your EDC, will take on the patina and stories of the owner, and become a well worn, familiar friend. Goods that are built to last. Buy it for life.


The Roam Jacket represents the best in American made goods and is a part of their Built in USA CORE-Line of products by Prometheus Design Werx. Available in sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“Our company Founder Patrick has been designing outerwear for over 20 years. Jackets of many varieties have been a part of his design portfolio from almost the beginning of his career. And as an avid fan and rider of vintage motorcycles, he has been designing and using his own custom leather jacket designs for even longer. The personal relationship Patrick has had with the custom leather shop that makes PDW’s leather jackets extends to over 3 decades, and professionally for almost 2 decades. American made outerwear made by these legacy shops operate with a different ethos; wearable goods that are crafted and built to literally last a lifetime or more. The Roam Jacket is our first suede hide style and was inspired by the trucker and ranch styles made in the 1950s and 60s. Unlike the big box, mass market, thin-flimsy suede jackets, ours are made with all US materials, and of a quality and hide weight above all others. Each Roam Jacket is literally handmade with great pride in our home city. Beyond the classic heritage styling, this jacket has an updated cut for the modern man, and can be easily worn over a sweater-hoodie to a wool shirt. You can see in the photo the Roam Jacket being worn with our Fall ’18 wool Melton Woodsman Shirt and an upcoming version of our popular Raider Pant made in WWII dungaree-style USMC cotton herringbone twill.”

The PDW Roam Jacket will be available for purchase on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12:00 Noon Pacific via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

CRO Pelvic Binder

September 24th, 2018

CRO Medical was started to identify, design and develop medical devices for combat medics. In January 2017, the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) introduced pelvic binding into the protocols due to the high instance of pelvic fractures from common battlefield injuries. 26% of service members that died in OEF/OIF had a pelvic fracture. If you follow the principles of good medicine, carrying a dedicated pelvic binder is an absolute necessity. With this kind of data to support routine pre-hospital pelvic binding, it goes as far as negligence if you don’t carry a binder.

The CRO Pelvic Binder, now FDA approved for commercial sale, went through at least eight versions before arriving at the production model. This design is based off a 5” wrap with a BOA dial for mechanical advantage. We decided to go with BOA due the extremely high tolerances on their hardware and proven track record of reliability. The binder can be placed by a single operator. Binding occurs over the greater trochanters and requires 33 lbs of force at a minimum to “close the book” on an open book pelvic ring fracture, but studies show that over-tightening with the BOA dial is not possible, so there is no risk of causing harm to the patient.

Recently, a third pary medical research group completed the first part of a multi-stage pelvic binding study focused on pelvic binding at point of injury for DoD medical providers. The study shows on a cadaver model, that the CRO binder is the fastest to apply and the preferred option compared to the SAM Pelvic Sling II and the T-POD pelvic binders for special operations medics. Data will be submitted to the Journal of Special Operations Medicine when complete. The CRO Pelvic Binder will be available on GSA and other DoD contract vehicles in the coming weeks. For more information please visit cromedicalgear.com or email operator@cromedicalgear.com

USSOCOM Awards Contract To Hardwire, LLC For Soft Armor

September 24th, 2018

Back in January of last year, the Unites States Special Operations Command released a requirement for soft body armor in support of the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) program.

For those of you who are fixated on price being the government’s number one factor for selection of a solution, this isn’t always the case. For this solicitation, they were intent on the best value with appropriate consideration given to the major factors listed in descending order of importance: Technical/Management, Past Performance, and Price. Technical/Management is significantly more important than Past Performance, which is significantly more important than Price.

Specifically, the Technical/Management Factor (Factor 1) is significantly more important than the Past Performance Factor (Factor 2), which is significantly more important than the Price Factor (Factor 3). With regard to Factor 1, Subfactor 1 is significantly more important than Subfactor 2 which is significantly more important than Subfactor 3 which is significantly more important than Subfactor 4:

Subfactor 1: Weight?Subfactor 2: Soft Armor Limited User Evaluation?Subfactor 3: Technical Approach and Independent Ballistic Test Data
Subfactor 4: Delivery Schedule and Production Capacity/Capability


Factor 3 – PRICE

They cancelled this initial solicitation at the end of April of this year because none of the offerors could meet the spec, which remains classified.

The solicitation was re-released in July of this year and an award was announced on September 20th to Hardwire, LLC of Pocomoke City MD. The award is a five-year, IDIQ, Firm Fixed Price contract for a minimum of $100,000.00 and a ceiling of $8,000,000.00.

Tom Cruise Spotted With MAWL/GIGN

September 24th, 2018


Last July, while on a promotional tour through France for Mission Impossible: Fallout, Tom Cruise paid an unplanned visit to the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) in Versailles. These photos from the GIGN’s Twitter account showcase Cruise on the range with GIGN operatives, shooting various weapons from their arsenal, including their primary weapon, the CZ Bren 2 equipped with the B.E. Meyers & Co. Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action (MAWL®-DA).


The MAWL®-DA is the most end –user centric high powered NIR/VIS aiming and illumination laser available for individual weapons. It was designed from the ground up to provide improved ergonomics, interface, and performance for night fighters across the globe. After rigorous testing, the GIGN selected the MAWL®-DA as the superior choice for formal procurement and deployment within the unit.


Known for missions including counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime, it makes sense that the Mission Impossible star would want to meet with the elite unit that helped inspire the action in Fallout, and try their gear firsthand.