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Warrior EAST 19 – Wild Things Andinista

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Made from Composite VX-21 pack fabric (200 p.s.i and waterproof), the Andinista is a mountaineering pack. It’s available in three harness sizes and the bag can be configured to carry between 1800 to 5500 inches thanks to straps, compression zippers and spindrift. The pack weighs just 56 ounces. The Andinista is in the BARS and BAMS templates. It is offered in Black and Coyote.

-Padded, angled shoulder straps
-2 gear loops on padded, removable hip belt
-Compression zippers
-Removable compression straps
-Whistle-lock on sternum strap
-Hydration system compatible
-Bullet pocket
-Ski slots
-2 daisy chains
-4 haul points
-Contour-cut removable lid
-Removable back pad
-Roll-up snow skirt
-Tool attachment points

One of the coolest features is that the Andinista can be used as a bivy bag. It serves as an elephant foot, keeping the legs out of the snow and ice. The foam padding can be removed and configured to suit the terrain.


Here is Wild Things founder Marie Meunier demonstrating the bivy capability of the Andinista.

Warrior EAST 19 – Silent Tactical Energy Enhanced Dismount by Hendrick Motorsports

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

The Silent Tactical Energy Enhanced Dismount or STEED, by Hendrick Motorsports is an all terrain, electric power card. It has zero emissions and can carry up to 500 lbs over complex terrain. STEED will even climb stairs and can be used in water.

This is not a robot. It is simple to use. STEED is a two wheeled cart and not gyro stabilized, requiring at least one person to balance and operate the STEED. It features forward and reverse along with a thumb pedal to control speeds from 0-6.5 mph. The two wheels make it easy to maneuver into tight spaces.

STEED began as a USSOCOM mobility project but was temporarily shelved due to other, pressing requirements. It was picked up by Asymmetric Warfare Group for use by squads to transport Subterranean operations equipment. STEED has successfully completed a Combat Validation with SOFWERX.

STEED is also a participating technology in the 2019 Advanced Expeditionary Warrior Experiments.

Although it is envisioned for use in subterranean operations, it handles the transit across rough terrain quite well and would greatly enhance the capability of a squad to move bulky equipment such as weapons along with bulk fuel, food, water, and ammunition as well as casualties.

For more information, contact or Christiana Caudill, SWX Communications/Public Relations

Warrior EAST – Mechanix Wear Covert M-PACT Gloves Now Have NSN

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

You can now order five packs of Mechanix Wear’s most popular glove, the Covert M-PACT via National Stock Number. These are TAA Compliant.

X-small 8415-01-610-7322

Small 8415-01-610-7325

Medium 8415-01-610-7323

Large 8415-01-610-7324

X-large 8415-01-610-7326

XX-large 8415-01-610-7327

For more information, contact

Warrior EAST 19 – MacroTrac I-Trac Pallet

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

MacroTrac took their I-Trac system, a modular infrastructure system, and created a pallet by adding feet. Once it reaches its destination, it can be used as component parts for a larger matting system. If multiple pallets are used, the entire system can be raised off the ground, or it can be cannibalized for parts. Naturally, it can also be used as a highly durable pallet.

I-Trac has a load capacity of up to 86,400 lbs/sq ft and can be emplaced at a rate of 500 sq ft / man hour.

Warrior EAST 19 – LBT 2586 – GIII Chest Rig

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Hot off the press is the LBT 2486-GIII Chest Rig. It’s the Chest Rig counterpart to the new GIII Light Modular Plate Carrier unveiled at Warrior WEST. It follows the same lightweight, modular design philosophy.

Capable of accepting 1″ and 3/4″ buckles, it is compatible with the same placards as the GIII.

Warrior EAST 19 – Paragon Force

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Paragon Force specializes in transport cases. Their latest innovation is a new modular foam system. They use a closed cell cross linked foam. It’s dual density with a 2lbs material as padding and a 4 lbs face material for durability.

Not only do they cut inserts for different weapons, they add the ability to add or subtract foam, based on what accessories are mounted to the weapon.

Warrior EAST 19 – Benchmade Mini SOCP

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Debuting today is the Mini SOCP. designed by Special Operations Combatives Program founder Greg Thompson and profuced by Benchmade, this is a more compact version of thr popular dagger.

The 440C stainless blade on the Mini is 2.22″ for enhanced concealability.

Greg showed me another grip for using the knife. Despite the shorter blade, it can still be inserted up to 5″ and pulled out via the ring. If you twist while doing this, it opens the wound channel even more.

On the sheath, they’ve modified the clip to lock into PALS webbing, pockets and belts and added a leather sweat pad to combat abrasion caused by the ring. This sweat pad can be retrofitted to existing SOCPs.

2019 Warrior East Keynote Address by ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo.

The subject was 21st Century Leadership, with particular emphasis on challenges.


He began by saying that challenges will be unexpected, move with gravity, emphasis and change. He demonstrated that by discussing the 9/11 attacks. On that day, he was a brand new One-Star in the Pentagon. He looked out his window and watched the aircraft fly into the building, striking it not far from his office. He was in one of the safest places on earth and yet, it was attacked. The world is still feeling the consequences of that day with the challenge of countering Islamic extremism.

ADM Stavridis went on to discuss current and future challenges in the Middle East which include Iranian expansionism and the Syrian humanitarian crisis. This latter conflict ties into Russian manipulation and its incursion into the Ukraine.

The next challenge he discussed is drug trafficking. While he feels that drug use is a personal decision, his concern is the proceeds of that trafficking and its effect on fragile democracies. He should know, as the Commander of US Southern Command he saw how drug trafficking undermined the government of Colombia.

ADM Stavridis went on to mention pandemics. Based on his story, we are due another. A century ago, Spanish influenza affected 40% of the world’s population.

He feels we can negotiate with China to deal with the issues of trade and intellectual property. Interestingly, he believes the US and China will work together to deal with North Korea.

Cyber security keeps him awake at night. Multiple countries have been victims of significant cyber attacks. Our power grid is particularly vulnerable, as is our personal information.

Here at home, he believes political gridlock is a major concern. Our political parties and even branches of governments rent working well together.

ADM Stavridis went over tools for the 21st century leader. He believes that the most significant tool for a 21st century leader is the ability to listen, to both subordinates and adversaries.

Second is education, with reading as a means of self-education. Books and reading matter deeply. He suggested everyone read, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media” by Peter Singer.

Next is innovation. One form of innovation he used at SOUTHCOM was engagement. In particular, he used sports outreach across Central America and the Caribbean, with military team members. In Afghanistan, his technique was literacy programs for the ANA, with a goal of bringing basic trainees to a third grade reading level. His experience is that only one in four innovations works, but it’s imperative to reward innovators and to share the stories of success.

Good leaders are also good communicators. He sees communication as a bridge, with information going both directions. What he refers to as alignment is key; how the information will be received by the audience. Communication is most of all, personal.

He moved on to collaboration. It’s complicated and hard. It might be with current partners. It might involve non-traditional partners. It might be a form of outreach.

Finally, he mentioned values. Leaders must uphold values. He suggested we all list our heroes and next to their name, put the reason why. Then, conduct a self-assessment of how we are doing compared to those we look up to.

Good leaders believe in hope. Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” The Admiral said, “that sums up a leader.”

No matter the attribute he listed, across the board, all of his points were intertwined.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.