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US Army Develops TITAN System To Tie ‘Deep Sensing’ To Long-Range Fires

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Army plans to use one of the largest exercises in Europe since the Cold War to pilot new tactical space technology that will help Soldiers carry out mission command on a multi-domain battlefield.

An initial prototype of TITAN — Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node — will be tested during the Defender-Europe 20 exercise next spring. The exercise is set to have about 37,000 U.S. and European troops training in 10 nations across the continent.

The TITAN system, which is a scalable and expeditionary intelligence ground station, leverages space and high altitude, aerial, and terrestrial layer sensors to provide targetable data to fires networks. It also provides multi-discipline intelligence support to targeting, and situational awareness and understanding for mission command.

Today, the Army has roughly 100 tactical ground stations, 13 operational ground stations and a few other dissemination vehicles to inform battlefield commanders, said Brig. Gen. Rob Collins, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, or PEO IEW&S.

But “some of those are more specific to the echelon,” he said Oct. 16 at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. “They’re not necessarily tailorable, easy to use or expeditionary as we want them to be.”

TITAN aims to consolidate much of those capabilities to better provide “deep sensing” information from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors from all domains.

It also ties deep sensing to long-range precision strike options to defeat enemy anti-access/aerial denial environments, officials said.

An industry day is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, to further discuss the way forward with TITAN.

A TITAN space prototype is expected to be delivered by early fiscal year 2022.

“How do you bring those ground stations together in one platform, or a series of platforms, that are modular, scalable and [with] open systems architecture,” said Willie Nelson, director of Army Futures Command’s Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing Cross-Functional Team.

Collins said they are looking for a modular “Lego approach” for the system that will go through an iterative testing process, starting with the Defender exercise.

It is then expected to be rolled out in another exercise in the Pacific region to get additional user feedback later next year, Nelson said.

TITAN will fit into the Army’s Multi-Domain Task Forces being built up in the Pacific and in Europe. The system will work with the task force’s unit called I2CEWS, which stands for intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space.

It will “absolutely be part of that task force to be able to see deep and target deep,” Collins said. “It’s going to be a key capability, key enabler.”

TITAN will also play a large role in the Army’s space strategy, in which one of its main areas is battle management command and control.

“It’s leveraging both commercial and military capabilities to be able to provide eyes and ears on the battlefield for our Soldiers and our platforms,” Nelson said.

Since the sensors will compile massive amounts of data, TITAN will need to rely on artificial intelligence and machine learning to sift through it.

“As we start pulling in all this data, there’s going to be a significant and overwhelming amount for our intelligence Soldiers to be able to process,” Collins said.

The goal will then be to quickly deliver easily-digestible data to Soldiers in combat and to their systems.

“We just don’t collect this data for the sake of collecting it,” Collins said. “We collect it so that we can distribute that to kinetic, non-kinetic weapon systems and for commanders to be able to make decisions on the battlefield.”

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

Garage Built Gear – Bockscar Bomber Hat

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

I’m off to Bozeman today and I took a look at the forecast. With a high of 15 degrees and a low of -5, I realized I may be underdressed. Too bad I don’t have a Bockscar Bomber Hat.

They’re made from 500D/1000D Nylon and Polartec Stretch Fleece/ Mountain Pattern Fleece. Unfortunately, they won’t be available until November 5th, but you can sign up for alerts.

SKD Tactical’s New Ultimate Tactical Warminess: FDT Cold Weather Gloves!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

SKD Tactical has released a new cold-weather version of their FDT (Full Dexterity Tactical) gloves for chillier climes and/or decreasing temperatures. They’re currently (as of this writing) in stock and available now in white and black, with additional colors to come.

28 1015S OCT 2019
Coldsville, USA

It’s a cold day at the local range, but not cold enough to dissuade the hardest among your crew. Everyone knows that you wear PIG FDT Alpha Gloves to shoot, but this time you pull the ALL-NEW PIG FDT Cold Weather Gloves out of your range bag! You beam with pride, saying “Check these out guys… insulated with touch screen compatibility on all five digits.” Shivering figures with numb fingers lean in with jealous eyes. Jaws fall slack in disbelief. As you pull on the fleece-lined wind-resistant gloves, you feel a wave of warmth settle on your hands, partly from the burning hot jealousy from your friends.

For gloves that will keep you warm while offering you unsurpassed tactile dexterity and touchscreen sensitivity, reach for the PIG FDT Cold Weather Gloves when the temperatures drop!

International customers in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Hong Kong, and South Korea will need to contact international dealers.

PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Cold Weather Glove

The PIG FDT Cold Weather Glove (CWG) finally brings PIG’s unsurpassed dexterity to a wind-resistant insulated glove. Maintaining the PIG-FDT line-up’s short cuff design, the ALL-NEW CWG includes features such as Touch Screen Compatibility (all 5 digits), grippy Silicon-print palm and a Terry cloth nose-wipe. When the temperatures drop, transition from your current FDT Gloves to the ALL-NEW WARMNESS that is the PIG FDT Cold Weather Glove!

Currently available in colors Black & White.
Carbon Grey available DEC 2019.

Coyote available MAR 2020.

Available in MENS SM-2XL, and WOMENS XS-XL!

Find all versions of the FDT glove line at:

Find in-depth reviews of PIG and other gloves online at MM.

Beyond – K3 Prima Lochi Jacket (Reversible)

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Tough, customizable, and versatile: the K3 – Prima Lochi Jacket is built to handle a variety of scenes and needs. Rugged quilted ripstop protects against gusts and showers, performance insulation keeps you warm without the sweat, and the reversible design offers two looks for the price of one.

Rugged Weather Protection
70-denier quilted micro ripstop with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish and an attached hood provides lasting durability and protection from moderate wind and rain.

No-Sweat Insulation
Polartec® Alpha® Insulation wicks up moisture and transfers it up and out while holding onto heat, keeping you warm through cold climes without the sweat.

Versatile & Convenient
Built with a fully reversible and highly compressible design, the whole shebang can be flipped inside out for a different vibe or easily stuffed away for space-saving storage when not in use.

-Layer Level: 3
-Body Material: 70-denier micro ripstop nylon
-Weight (Size L): 19.8 oz.
-Insulated: 60g Polartec® Alpha® Insulation
-Durable Water Repellent (DWR): Yes
-Wind Resistant: Yes
-Breathable: Yes
-Moisture Wicking: Yes
-Fast Drying: Yes
-Hood: Insulated hood
-Pockets: Zip hand pockets, internal left chest pocket, external right chest pocket
-Articulated Elbow: No
-Zipper Pulls: No
-Source: Imported

First Tactical Chosen for the UK Police National Tactical Uniform Tender

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 28, 2019 — First Tactical has been chosen for the National Tactical Uniform Tender. They will be supplying Tactical Shirts and Trousers predominantly procured for Armed Police Officers. The award was won by the First Tactical Defender series after being trialed alongside a number of other brands as part of the tending process. Provision of this range to Armed Officers further ensures that they have kit and equipment that is fit for purpose and appropriate for the environment that they operate in.


In addition to this recent UK Police award, the First Tactical Defender series has also been selected for use with other units and is proving to exceed expectations regarding fit, performance and comfort. The Defender Series was designed and built to handle any mission whilst maintaining the professional look needed when on patrol.

Mission First Tactical Dump Trays and Wallets

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

During Triggrcon we showed you the new MFT Dump Trays, but they weren’t quite ready yet. Well, they are now.

Offered in a variety of patterns, they feature two compartments (Overall 8.2 x 11.2”, small area 3.5×7” and large area 6×7”).

They’ve also introduced wallets which will accommodate up to 8/15 Credit Cards or 15/25 Business Cards.

Both products are made from Boltaron.

WILDCraft: South Africa, Season One now Streaming Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Columbia, SC, October 24, 2019 –  WILDCraft Entertainment is excited to announce the release of Season One, WILDCraft: South Africa, on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Presented by SIG Sauer, the four episodes explore the adventures of four professional outdoor writers experiencing a remote tent camp safari for free-range kudu and other species. It is the first of its kind, reality based, documentary, hunting drama, ever produced explicitly for Amazon Prime Instant Video. Click HERE to watch.

Filmed in 4K Ultra HD on location in South Africa’s Northern Cape, by some of the best videographers in the business, WILDCraft: South Africa is an attempt to capture the true essence of hunting and the camaraderie of the campfire. The cast includes renowned African professional hunter Geoffrey Wayland, Gun Digest Editor Luke Hartle, Petersen’s Hunting contributor Joe Afterburn, talented photographer Alfredo Rico, and freelance outdoor writer Richard Mann.

WILDCraft South Africa is the vision of the series producer and host, Richard Mann who said, “Hunting television has mostly become a venue for want-to-be celebrities looking to pound their chests and become famous. I wanted to capture what hunting was really about and the incredible fellowship that is shared around the hunter’s campfire. I knew Fernando Coelho could capture this on video better than anyone and that Geoffrey Wayland could provide the proper venue. With those two on board, assembling a cast of professional communicators who hunt for the right and real reasons was all that was left.”

Director Fernando Coelho was very excited to be involved with the project. Coelho said, “The concept of the WILDCraft series intrigued me when Richard first mentioned it. I was tired of the traditional hunting shows on television and felt that we could capture what it’s really like to hunt. When we scouted locations in South Africa and I met Geoffrey Wayland from Fort Richmond Safaris, I knew we had the right place to make it happen.  After lots of hard work, I feel we accomplished what we set out to do. I also feel people will appreciate the content from the series.”

WILDCraft: South Africa is available streaming direct from Amazon Prime Instant video:

Season Two of WILDCraft is now in the pre-production stage and sponsor opportunities are available.

US Air Force Announces Criteria for New Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

Monday, October 28th, 2019

US Air Force Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

Air Force officials announced nomination criteria for the new Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal following the official establishment of the decoration May 22.

The new medal, established by then-Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, is part of a continuing effort to recognize U.S. Air Force military members in a non-deployed status who directly participated in a Department of Defense combat operation from a remote location.

“Our remote operations community makes vital contributions to our national security and the security of our allies,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. “These Airmen play a crucial role in every campaign we undertake, and this medal is for them.”

The RCECM will be awarded to Airmen serving in remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career fields, who create direct combat effects from remote locations and lead to strategic outcomes or the delivery of lethal force. In some circumstances, Airmen from other career fields may be considered for the RCECM, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Service members may be awarded the RCECM for actions completed on or after Sept. 11, 2001, while also serving under the following conditions:
1) Was assigned or attached to a unit directly in support of a DoD combat operation as approved by the chief of staff of the Air Force (listed below)
2) Was serving in a remotely piloted aircraft; cyber; space or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career field
3) Personally provided hands-on employment of a weapon system that has direct and immediate impact on combat operations
4) Was not physically exposed to hostile actions or at risk of exposure to hostile action

Qualifying DoD combat operations:
• Enduring Freedom, Sept. 11, 2001 – to be determined
• Iraqi Freedom, March 29, 2003 – Aug. 31, 2010
• New Dawn, Sept. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2011
• Nomad Shadow, Nov. 5, 2007 – TBD
• Freedom’s Sentinel, Jan. 1, 2015 – TBD
• Inherent Resolve, June 15, 2014 – TBD
• Odyssey Lightning, Aug. 1, 2016 – Dec. 19, 2016
• Pacific Eagle – Philippines, Oct. 5, 2017 – TBD

Airmen who have received a DoD or Air Force campaign or expeditionary medal or ribbon for the same period of service are not eligible to receive the RCECM.

For more information and full eligibility criteria or submission procedures, visit myPers at and enter “RCECM” in the search window. A fact sheet and graphic is also available on the Air Force’s Personnel Center website.

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs