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MDM – Elite Defense

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Elite Defense is offering the FirstSpear Hybrid Helmet Cover in an ACH cut. It’s offered in all of the color options and is a great choice for those using the ACH. Not only is it the standard for the the US Army and Air Force, but lots of LE agencies are starting to get the ACH and its making its way to foreign armies as well.


Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Legged Squad Support System is sponsored by DARPA and manufactured by Boston Dynamics. MCWL will begin to conduct a series of Limited Technical Assessments later this year to begin to learn more about how this technology works with the Squad. This model weighs about 1200 lbs and carries 400 lbs. It’s also smarter and quieter than previous technologies.


The real win here is the Tactical Robotics Controller. Finally, there’s a common, government defined architecture that will control all tactical ground and some small unit air vehicles. Since the interfaces are nonproprietary, there will be one controller and all robotics vendors will build to this standard. The project has been so successful that both the Army and Marine Corps are teaming up to produce a CDD to turn this into a program of record.

The benefits are huge. TRC lowers cost, streamlines training and logistics and offers increased utility. For example, if a ground robot’s controller goes down, any other TRC can be used to take over.

Future developments include dual screens to allow the simultaneous control of two robots.

A.D.S. Ventures And The 132 Group Announce New Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A.D.S. Ventures, a public policy, communications and business development firm based in Boston, MA and Washington, D.C., has announced a strategic partnership with the 132 Group, a Virginia Beach based defense consulting group that opens new channels to market for clients, identifies key suppliers, and brings new products to the field.

I’m very familiar with both companies and they have a lot to offer on their own. I’m actually excited to see how this new partnership will benefit industry. You are combining the experience of A.D.S. Ventures specializing in legislative and business engagement with technical expertise of the 132 Group. For companies looking to engage the market in new ways this is a dynamite combination.

A.D.S. Ventures and the 132 Group will leverage their unique skill sets for current and prospective clients, giving them access to new services, and assisting them on virtually every aspect of the product development, funding and market fielding process. Together, they can help companies with product testing, end-user feedback, solicitation responses, grant opportunities, public-private partnerships, business introductions, public policy analysis, coalition building, strategic communications plans and will have spokesperson capabilities available if appropriate. This unique model draws upon the existing strengths, backgrounds and reputations of both organizations.

“It’s a truly unique model that brings together the best of what our companies offer. In a tight economy with uncertain defense budgets, our clients need consultants who understand every aspect of their business and can be fully integrated as part of their team if they hope to develop new technologies, and leverage DoD, federal, state and most importantly, end-user support,” said Chet Atkins, Founder and President of A.D.S. Ventures.

“Our work is complimentary, and this partnership enhances the offering we present to clients within this space. Our goal of providing top quality services to companies working with federal agencies and the DoD remains at the forefront and will only be strengthened by this relationship.” said the 132 Group Founder and President, Bill Jarvis. “Beyond that, it helps us all to better understand the dynamics and challenges clients are facing. I look forward to working with the A.D.S. Ventures team to bring great companies into new markets and get top-quality products into the field. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a new and very productive relationship.”

The 132 Group was founded in 2011 by Bill Jarvis, a former member of the US Special Operations Community, with the goal of increasing capabilities for our men and women in uniform and enhancing opportunities for those industry partners striving to better serve them. The company helps clients navigate through Department of Defense (DoD) product testing, development and contracting protocols, and utilizes an extensive network of specialized former end-users to ultimately field technologies prioritized by various service branches with the DoD.

A.D.S. Ventures was founded in 1993 by former Congressman Chet Atkins. While in office, Chet was actively engaged in working with DoD to support the needs of soldiers and professional users through investment in improved equipment and uniforms. Over the last 20 years, A.D.S. Ventures has developed a core public policy, communications and business development competency in the fields of domestic manufacturing, personal protective equipment, uniforms and technologies for the DoD, as well as other federal agencies.

“This joint effort will make the value proposition for A.D.S. Ventures and the 132 Group that much stronger,” said Spokewoman for A.D.S. Ventures, Alissa Southworth. “It will enable us to assist in nearly every significant stage of a company’s process as they work to integrate a technology into the field.”

Wheelers4Warriors Custom Skin Competition

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Local Motors is hosting a graphic design contest sponsored by Wheelers4Warriors, a non-profit organization that helps Wounded Warriors by restoring, modifying, and repairing any vehicle to the best of their capabilities, and beyond the original manufacturer, so an injured warrior can get back to his or her daily life. The Jeep below was their latest undertaking.

They want you to come up with a custom paint job that captures what they are all about. A Local Motors Rally Fighter will receive a custom wrap with the winning design to be viewed in the world’s largest aftermarket convention to help raise awareness of this great cause.

To help inspire you, they give this guidance –
We would like our wrap to reflect our organization. This means that it must reflect our appreciation of military service and promote W4W itself. The design should breath confidence and capability in a harsh combat-like environment. Tactical brown, black, and green colors are encouraged, but keep in mind our logo is red and yellow. We want a modern day warrior to feel like they could drive this into combat and draw looks from both sides, because it inspires, while being aggressive. We want to have a skin that shows confidence like a lion, but masterful like a rattlesnake.

Full info at

And Now A Special Announcement

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

DK sends his congratulations to RE and AS!

Smith Elite Has You Covered For EOY

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Smith Optics Elite Division has a wide range of protective eyewear in
stock and ready to ship.

Give them a call at 1-800-635-4401 ext. 8 or visit

Elzetta Introduces ZFL-M60 Flashlights in Green

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012


Elzetta is offering a very limited number of their ZFL-M60 Flashlights in a dark GREEN hard anodized finish (this is true no-compromise Type III hard anodizing – the same process used on their standard black parts).

The Lights are available in their two best-selling configurations:
ZFL-M60-CS2D (Crenellated Bezel, Standard Malkoff M60 LED Module, 2-Cell Body, & High/Low Tailcap) and
ZFL-M60-CS2S (Crenellated Bezel, Standard Malkoff M60 LED Module, 2-Cell Body, & High/Strobe Tailcap)

Custom laser engraving from the Elzetta Custom Shop is available on these Lights.

Supply is extremely limited. Orders may be placed at