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Marine Corps seeks ideas, information for Optical Communication Transmission System

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

Marine Corps Systems Command released a Request for Information March 5, to identify a non-developmental solution to provide a complete Line of Sight Optical Communication Transmission System.

A U.S. Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa performs a radio check during a training event with German soldiers in Seedorf, Germany, Dec. 6, 2018. Marine Corps Systems Command released a Request for Information March 5, to identify a non-developmental solution to provide a complete Line of Sight Optical Communication Transmission System. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Katelyn Hunter)

According to the RFI, released on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the OCTS system must be capable of providing a high-bandwidth transmission path used for voice, video and data communications.

For program officials, this capability will consolidate capabilities into a complete LOS transmission capability.

“The adage, ‘Move, shoot, communicate’ hasn’t changed, but how we communicate is rapidly changing,” said Maj. Eric Holmes, MCSC project officer. “Given the rapid pace of innovation in technology, the Marine Corps is currently evaluating maturing capabilities.”

Optical communications support greater bandwidth, and provide additional relief for frequency allocations in an already constrained spectrum.

“The Marine Corps is turning to industry to help rapidly develop and field this technology to protect vital command and control emissions from advanced adversaries,” Holmes said.   

Responses to the RFI must be received by 1 p.m. on March 19.

By Maj Kenneth Kunze, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Awards Protect The Force for Development of Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting Fabrics for First Responders

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

An Award Through the Silicon Valley Innovation Program Under the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Protect The Force Inc., a leader in design and technology for military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, has received an award to develop photovoltaic energy harvesting fabrics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

In what is the first award under the DHS S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program’s (SVIP’s). Energy Harvesting Fabrics solicitation, Protect The Force will provide a proof-of-concept of a photovoltaic fiber that can be woven into an energy harvesting fabric. The fabric would be used in first responder garments with a goal to provide reliable power for charging batteries or power electronics.  The award is for the first phase of a four-phase program and is valued at $199,260.

The goal of the Energy Harvesting Fabrics solicitation is to seek new fiber technology that can be integrated into first responder uniforms, such as daily use uniforms, with the ability to charge radios, sensors and other electronics worn on the frontlines by police officers, medical personnel. The scope of the call also includes wildland firefighter uniforms that can withstand the extreme conditions of wildfires and structural firefighter gear used when responding to building fires.

Protect The Force will work closely with Dr. Ramaswamy Nagarajan, Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UML), utilizing UML’s recently unveiled Fabric Discovery Center (FDC) facilities and with Tweave LLC to execute on this first phase of the project. UML- FDC acknowledges the support from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) that provided the funding for the acquisition of equipment that will be used in the fabrication of the photovoltaic fibers. UML-FDC also acknowledges Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), NEXTFLEX and Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) USA Institutes.

“We are honored to be the recipients of this award from the prestigious DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program,” stated Francisco J. Martinez, Protect The Force Chief Technology Officer.

“We would like to thank Dr. Nagarajan and Ms. Claire Lepont at UML-FDC for their relentless efforts in developing a winning proposal. We also appreciate the support of Tweave LLC’s General Manager Ms. Mary Reardon, as a key player in the project. We now look forward to the kick-off and execution of this project and to developing a potentially lifesaving technology to our First Responders.”

“It is estimated that the global market for energy harvesting is expected to reach $4.4 billion by 2021,” continued Mr. Martinez.  “With defense being the second most significant area of application, this segment is expected to reach approximately $845 million by 2019. The US Army is increasingly using energy harvesting in wearable devices.  First responders are also growing their use and need for equipment to aid communications, awareness, safety and improved technical ability in emergencies.”

“Our success in this program creates a great opportunity not only for our work with first responders and DHS, but for developing energy harvesting fabrics for the consumer market place including the outdoor industry, geo-textiles, marine industry and other markets,” concluded Mr. Martinez.

Juggernaut.Case – Ejection-Seat EKB (Electronic Kneeboard) Solution Has Successfully Passed Testing

Friday, October 5th, 2018

After several years of development with US and Coalition Air Forces and Naval Aviation, Juggernaut.Case™ is pleased to announce that the Ejection-Seat EKB (Electronic Kneeboard) Solution has successfully passed ejection-seat blast tests conducted both in the USA and France.

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The kneeboard-mount and tablet case must withstand the violent forces generated when a pilot ejects from a fighter aircraft at speeds of up to 650knts without disengaging or causing injury the pilot’s leg during ejection. This required an entirely new design that deflected the windblast and survives g-forces during the ejection process.

Two separate tests (with multiple blasts) were performed within specialized blast chambers. One by PMA-281 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the other by the French Air Force at a test facility in Toulouse, France. Both tests were successful, and the products are now approved for ejection seat aircraft worldwide.

The new design features a two-strap configuration utilizing the new ITW Nexus GT-Cobra™ polymer buckles and a laminar-airflow mount-base that contours to the pilot’s leg to which the case is fastened to. This design also affords a stable platform on the pilot’s leg for tablet use. Paper maps and aluminum chart holders become an unnecessary addition to the cockpit, except for backup maps that are carried separately.

Juggernaut.Case™ currently offers two tablet Ejection-Seat EKB Solutions; the Samsung Tab Active 2 and Tab S2 8.0. The development for the iPad Mini 3/4 generation is also pending. The Tab Active 2 EKB also features an active S-Pen storage and tether in the top door of the SLEEV case. All EJ-SEAT EKB Solution Kits retail for $400 USD and are available on the Juggernaut.Case™ webstore: shop.juggernautcase.com/products/mount-ejection-seat-ekb-solution

All EKB Solutions are based on 8-inch (diagonal) touchscreen platforms for HF (human factors) approval within the cockpit as to not interfere with flight controls, ejection seat or interfaces/displays.

The Tab Active 2 Ejection-Seat EKB Solution will also be on display at AUSA in the Samsung Electronics Booth #1966, taking place 8 Oct-10 Oct 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.

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For more information visit: www.juggcase.com or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JuggCase/ and Instagram: www.instagram.com/juggernautcase

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F-16 Test Photos Credit – DALO

MDM 18 – Black Diamond Advanced Technology Bare Kit

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Black Diamond Advanced Technology exhibited their full line of tactical C4 systems. They have created many different cables to mate communications and computing devices together.

Their BARE Kit 1-Port Hub Systems connect a Harris AN/PRC-152/A, AN/PRC-117G, or L3 Technologies TacE directly to your Android or Windows End User Device (EUD). The Bare Kit Systems allow for POWER + DATA between connected peripherals and EUD devices such as the Panasonic FZ-M1, GETAC MX50, or Samsung phones. Operators can also recharge EUD’s from the Radio. The Bare Kit’s minimalist design allows users to integrate onto any vest with little to no impact to existing kit setup. The CB-0516-00 is DATA only and a bi-directional EUD cable is required for use.

www.bdatech.com

New DoD Policy Prohibits GPS Tracking in Deployed Settings

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan recently issued a memorandum prohibits the use of GPS enabled personal devices while deployed. These include physical fitness aids, applications in phones that track locations, and other devices and apps that pinpoint and track the location of individuals.

During a media event last week, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III told reporters, “Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features and functionality on government and nongovernment-issued devices, applications and services while in locations designated as operational areas,” adding they, “potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.”

Commanders may apply the rule to other areas as well but may also make exceptions, but only after conducting a thorough risk assessment.

The concern is that the data collected by these devices is vulnerable to access and exploitation by unauthorized personnel. These could be criminal threats as well as enemy.

SOFWERX – Combat Ready Utility eXoskin

Friday, July 13th, 2018

SOFWERX, in partnership with Elysian Labs, has innovated the Combat Ready Utility eXoskin (CRUX). The CRUX is a Bluetooth device designed to allow the user to rapidly switch between user-defined Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) integrated capabilities.

The CRUX is fully programmable, can be set up in minutes, and is easy to operate between commands. The next step is to have the CRUX work with the Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) Personal Area Network.

SOFIC 18 – Radio.Holster by Juggernaut.Case

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Juggernaut.Case is offering their Radio.Holster. It’s PALS compatible and works with any bottom battery as well as APX-series Motorola radios. This allows easy access to all of the connectors and the radio runs a lot cooler due to the smaller footprint. Additionally, the Boa attachment strap tightens it right up.

www.juggernautcase.com

Chassis Plans Company To Demonstrate Military Cross Domain Solution at SOFIC

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Cross Domain Solutions provide high levels of security for military, intelligence and law enforcement
San Diego, CA – May 10, 2018 

Chassis Plans, (www.chassis-plans.com) along with its partner Mission Solutions Group, will be demonstrating their new Cross Domain Solution at Booth 2019 at the upcoming Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) May 21 to May 24, 2018 in Tampa, Florida

“A cross-domain solution (CDS) provides the ability to manually or automatically access and/or transfer information between two or more different security domains,” explains Steve Travis Co-Founder and VP at Chassis Plans. “Our CDS solution is an integrated system of hardware and software that enables the efficient, secure transfer of information among incompatible security domains or levels of classification.”

At the SOFIC exhibition, in addition to the Cross Domain Solution, Chassis Plans will be featuring a wide assortment of its new ruggedized products for military, defense and industrial applications. This includes handheld touch-screen tablets, rackmount triple screen displays, rugged portable computers, rackmount 4U computers, portable storage systems, large 27” square panel mount displays, and 24” on rack, touch screen LCD displays, all ruggedized and tested for use in challenging military and field environments.

Chassis Plans’ rugged computers, tablets, storage and display technologies are utilized in a wide range of shipboard, land based and aircraft applications. Applications include navigation systems, fire control, C4ISR, telemetry, persistent surveillance, UAV ground control, etc. These products are generally purchased by leading defense prime contractors (Lockheed, Northrop, Raytheon, etc) and integrated into their products which ultimately end up in systems provided directly to the military.

www.chassis-plans.com

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