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Grey is the New Coyote – NEW Floperators

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Because Grey is the New Coyote

If Special Operations had flip flops, it would be the Floperator from Combat Flip Flops. Built for any terrain, these not-so tactical, military, or law enforcement footwear will take you where you need to go in style.

When you show up as a Floperator, you show up with authority. On the land, over the sea, and in the air—these foot soldiers perform. Military grade nylon, proprietary rubber for increased traction across any terrain, and real estate to proudly display your current vibe with customizable morale patches. Combat Flip Flops Floperators do what they do. Floperate. Available 28 Feb at www.combatflipflops.com.

TacJobs – Outdoor Research Seeks Tactical Sales Manager

Friday, February 28th, 2020

About this role

The Tactical Sales Manager will help manage all programs related to the Outdoor Research Tactical Sales Channel

What you will do

Achieve annual Tactical Sales Channel revenue and margin goals by developing and understanding new and existing customer requirements and making recommendations for programs, product solutions, and resource allocation

Partner with Tactical Sales Channel to identify and visit relevant DOD units to increase brand recognition

Assist Tactical Sales Director in Government business development via Fed Biz Ops website portal monitoring and identification of opportunities

Develop price proposals for Government products and prepare responses to RFQ/RFP

Partner with the OR factories directly and via ERP system to ensure accurate LTs and deliveries of products are communicated and maintained

Help manage re-seller partners, distributors, and product end users

Attend and manage the logistics for Tactical Trade Shows (ADS Warrior Conferences, Shot Show, Outdoor Retailer etc.)

Partner with OR cross functional resources (Customer Service, Product Development, Marketing, IT) to enhance Tactical customer relationships

Partner with the OR Marketing department to coordinate marketing communications, public relations, and social media platforms; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Coordinate all content and assets with OR Marketing to create product marketing materials to include the workbook, sell sheets, DTC web portal, and seasonal pricelist

Demonstrate complete command of the customer opportunities (DOD, LE, Tactical Retail, etc.)

Leverage knowledge of competitors and customers to enhance competitiveness and accelerate Tactical Sales Channel growth

Work closely with inside sales team and factory production team to help fulfill customer requirements

Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary

What you should bring to the table

Demonstrated collaboration, interpersonal influence, and teamwork skills

Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking

Strong project planning, organizational, and time management skills and a high level of initiative

Ability to manage deadlines, be flexible with change, and drive timely resolutions

High tolerance for ambiguity and ability to find a solution

Strong presentation and written communication skills

Comfortable working with Tactical suppliers/partners

Ability to travel up to 10 times a year domestic or international

Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or Business Administration preferred

A minimum of 5 years in sales or consumer marketing

A minimum of 4 years of sales forecasting experience

Understanding of military procurement process preferred

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, ERP database skills a plus

Clean driving record

What do we bring to the table?

10 paid holidays each year and 3 floating holidays

Transportation benefits

PTO and sick/safe time

Paid volunteer time

Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans

401K with company match

Ron Gregg Annual Benefit

Climbing wall

Product discounts

Outdoor Research is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

Our company’s Core Mission is to provide innovation and inspiration for the relentless adventurer. Please visit us at www.outdoorresearch.com for more information.

We are a dog friendly company!

Seniority level

Mid-Senior level

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Apparel & Fashion

This position is posted on LinkedIn.

Unity Tactical – Platform Adapter

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Unity Tactical is excited to announce that the Platform Adapter has entered production.  Platform Adapter was unveiled at the 2020 SHOT Show last month. It is designed to expand the reach of the already-versatile Ops-Core AMP. Users that have already purchased or been issued non-Gentex helmets will have the ability to run one of the most popular and advanced headsets on the market.


The New Unity Tactical Platform Adapter for Ops-Core AMP attaches the USSOCOM-contracted headset to various helmet rails beyond the Ops-Core / Gentex ARC system.  The Platform Adapter installs in minutes with a single screw and allows the AMP Helmet Arm to attach to Team Wendy EXFIL and MTEK / Hard Head Veterans M-LOK rails.

Functionality is the same as ARC-mounted configurations. The Platform Adapter retains breakaway functionality for airborne and high-angle operations. Made in the U.S. from U.S. materials. Platform Adapters will be available for purchase by the public in 12 weeks.  Interested units/agencies can purchase the Platform Adapter from Ops-Core and other helmet manufacturers.


FirstSpear Friday Focus – Woobie Full Zip

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Today we are getting the first look at another all new American merino wool garment from FirstSpear using their ACM Warm 600 package. Introducing a new take on the popular Woobie now available in a full zip configuration. 100% American made with American merino wool the Woobie Full Zip features a vertical breast pocket and two zippered slash pockets in the front. High collar and full zip front makes for an easy on and off. Built with FirstSpear ACM 600 the heaviest wool package FirstSpear offers, creating an incredibly warm garment with all the natural performance characteristics of merino wool.

Available now in black, commando, heather grey, and sand. Berry Compliant.


You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Giacomo from Victrix Armaments sent this to us.

Future Soldiers May Get Improved Helmet Padding

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Army researchers and industry partners recently published a study showing how they developed new materials and manufacturing methods to create higher performing helmet padding that reduces the likelihood of head injury in combat and recreational helmets.

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and its HRL Laboratories partners used advances in 3-D printing to create new helmet padding that consists of highly-tuned open-cell lattice structures.

“Careful control of the lattice design imparts novel compression characteristics to the padding that reduce peak head acceleration during blunt impact events compared to existing state-of-the-art foam padding,” said Dr. Thomas Plaisted, the lab’s project lead. “Testing demonstrated a 27% increase in energy attenuation efficiency when inserted into a combat helmet compared to current best-performing foam pads.”

A significant challenge for the design of protective padding is providing the highest level of impact protection while minimizing weight and space it occupies inside the helmet, Plaisted said. The padding must be comfortable to allow a Soldier to wear a combat helmet for extended periods.

“Typical multi-impact attenuating materials include expanded polypropylene and vinyl nitrile closed-cell foams, which absorb impact energy through the collapse of internal pores when compressed,” he said. “The material is carefully tuned to yield at a threshold force, or acceleration, specific to the tolerance of the head, thereby mitigating injury.”

Recent advances in additive manufacturing techniques have enabled the fabrication of cellular materials with architected lattice topology.

“We demonstrated, via design of the cellular architecture, improved control over the collapse process in elastomeric lattices that enables impact-attenuation performance exceeding state-of-the-art foams for both single- and multi-hit scenarios,” Plaisted said. “An improvement over state-of-the-art vinyl-nitrile foam helmet pads was achieved during a standard helmet test, leading to lower head acceleration. This breakthrough could pave the way to helmets with improved injury protection. The open cell design of the lattice further aids in comfort and breathability to dissipate heat away from the head.”

Researchers recently briefed their transition partners at CCDC Soldier Center on the performance of the new padding materials and helmet suspension technologies to mitigate blunt impact head injury. The laboratory is transitioning this technology to the center for further evaluation and implementation in future helmet systems.

“Building on this work, CCDC SC has initiated its own research efforts to develop and evaluate additive manufactured helmet pads,” Plaisted said. “Concurrently, we provided updates on an alternative helmet suspension technology, rate-activated tethers, invented at ARL that have demonstrated even greater performance for reducing blunt impact injury. We are working with the center to identify helmet industry partners to integrate the new rate-activated tether technology.”

The Army’s fundamental responsibility is to equip, train and field Soldiers with the tools and resources to engage with and destroy the enemy, while providing world-class protection, according to Army officials. As an Army Modernization priority, Soldier Lethality narrows the capability gaps to enhance a Soldier’s ability to fight, win and survive through increased lethality, mobility, protection and situational awareness in order to facilitate rapid acquisition of increased capabilities.

By U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

LIFT Aviation Awarded Development Contract by USAF for Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

LIFT Aviation is one of several companies awarded developmental Other Transaction Authority Agreements with the US Air Force to develop a Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet, which was originally an AFWERX project.

This project is moving along quickly as you can see from the quad chart. LIFT Aviation is well known for their commercial AV-1 KOR helmet.

You can definitely see the DNA in their NGFWH candidate.

LIFT Aviation had this to say…

“We are honored to have been selected by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force to be involved with this program. Innovation is something that has been lacking in the fixed wing helmet that the U.S. Air Force has implemented for the past number of decades and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the USAF and DoD to continue to develop the next generation fixed wing flight helmet. The approach taken with our first flight helmet was to have it be modern, innovative and above all, safe. We can’t wait to bring that same approach while developing this next generation fixed wing helmet to provide our airmen and warfighters the best in flight helmet technology.” states Guido Rietdyk, President and CEO of LIFT Aviation. “The technological advances that we developed in our other businesses in personal safety products in the orthopedic and extreme sports industries under our EVS Sports brand, and in the industrial safety industry with our LIFT Safety brand, in addition to our LIFT Aviation flight focused brand, all have greatly contributed to us being able to draw innovation from a variety of applications and come up with state of the art technology in the cockpit, now working to make our USAF air crews equipped just as well as their air craft are.”

Litefighter- Olympus 2 Bag

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

2020 (Roswell, GA) – LiteFighter Systems, LLC. is proud to announce that the Olympus II Loadout Bag has been issued the following NSNs and is now available for unit orders.

Olympus II (OCP Camouflage)
NSN 8465-01-679-7717

Olympus II (Black)
NSN 8465-01-679-7698

Olympus II (Coyote)
NSN 8465-01-679-7709

The Olympus is Made in USA and extremely versatile. You can roll-it, ruck it, expand it, and palatize it for easy transport. It has three removable shelves and once on location it can be used as either a foot or wall locker. The retractable metal handle acts as an integrated dolly system reducing strain on shoulder joints, provides separation between your heels and the bag, and allows for users to easily push / pull heavier loads – something that bags with cloth handles do not!

With over 185,000 Olympus bags in circulation, The Olympus is one of the most popular rolling duffle bags sold to the US Military. Flexible enough to serve as an “A” and “B” Bag for the following:
– Army – Deployment or Loadout Bag
– Air Force – Mobility Bag
– USMC / Navy / Coast Guard – Sea Bag
– National Guard – Drill and Emergency Response Go Bag

Multiple Ways to Order:
• DLA Stock System (see NSNs Above)
• GSA Advantage
• Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Program • LiteFighter.com

LiteFighter Systems, LLC is a VA Certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and the exclusive Manufacturer’s Representative of the Olympus Bag which is manufactured in the USA by Thin Air Gear, LLC.

For more information on the Olympus Load-Out Bag please visit us at LiteFighter.com.