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Marines Conducting CEMA

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Marine Michaela Matkins, a signal intelligence analyst and native of Louisa, Va., and Lance Cpl. Alison Harris, a communications intelligence electronic warfare analyst and Hernando, Miss., native, both with 3d Radio Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, survey analytics on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Marines with 3d Battalion, 3d Marines participated in a joint electronic warfare training event with 3d Radio Battalion, III MIG, and U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division where Marines and Soldiers learned and effectively utilized electronic warfare equipment in smaller sized combat elements to enhance combat lethality.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Patrick King

SIRT Training Knife

Friday, December 31st, 2021

I’ve been aware of the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger laser pistols for training for years but I only recently found out they had introduced a training knife.

Modeled on a folder aesthetic, this fixed blade features a rubber blade which will bend. There’s nothing particularly innovative about it, but it’s affordable.


Forward Grip Assembly from Bobro Engineering

Friday, December 31st, 2021

The Bobro Engineering Forward Grip Assembly is designed to be used as a monopod and as a barricade stop.

It uses a new attachment method that utilizes opposing forces in a diagonal plane to secure the unit. Additionally, the left and right sides of the grip are designed to allow the unit to be firmly secured in a clamping head on a tripod.

To mount:

Rotate the drive wheel until the driver plate is allowed to retract under spring pressure. Push the grip assembly onto the rail when the rail is between the two outer locking walls (at approximately 45 degrees) then rotate the unit until a tactile engagement is felt. Then, simply rotate the lock wheel until it stops. It is now totally secure. Due to an internal compression bearing design, it remains secure throughout firing and use.


FirstSpear Friday Focus: Happy New Year & Wind Cheater

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Happy New Year from our FirstSpear family to yours! Don’t get caught out in the elements without the proper layers and gear. Filling the mid-weight niche of the FS technical apparel line, the Wind Cheater has a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) Finish and excellent wind shedding characteristics. It is also quiet and flexible. The Wind Cheater features a large hood which fits over helmets without a problem and is cut generously to aid in movement. Low profile hook and loop attachment points are provided to attach FirstSpear Cell Tags and IFF.

• Ultralight breathable shell
• Durable Water Repellant (DWR) Finish
• Extra-large hood fits over helmets
• Made in USA

The Wind Cheater utilizes a Duro Ambush coating that has been brushed on which allows it to breathe like a T-Shirt. The Wind Cheater has also been designed to dry quickly. A standard cuff tab and an extra-large bicep pocket are found on each sleeve and zippers under each arm (pit zips) allow for massive airflow when desired. Finally, the Wind Cheater features bungee/barrel lock adjustments for the hood, collar, and tail.

It’s currently available in ranger green, multicam arid, coyote, multicam, manatee grey and black.

For more information, check out: www.first-spear.com/wind-cheater

Air Force Announces Spark Tank 2022 Semifinalists

Friday, December 31st, 2021


A panel of nearly 30 subject matter experts from across the Department of the Air Force met Nov. 16, 2021 at the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center in Arlington and via a virtual teleconferencing platform to conduct the Spark Tank 2022 quarterfinals.

“Spark Tank is the department’s take on the television show “Shark Tank” and is designed to recognize the great work our Airmen and Guardians put into overcoming performance obstacles and making our services more capable,” said William Gautier, Spark Tank director. “The goal of the quarterfinals round was to narrow the 184 ideas submitted for ST22 down to the top 15 ideas that will advance to the semifinals,” he said.

Only the top 8% percent of ideas were selected to compete in the semifinals scheduled for Jan. 6, 2022.

On the final day of the quarterfinal round, the panel evaluated 29 ideas nominated by U.S. Air Force major commands and U.S. Space Force field commands, plus four at-large “wildcard” submissions. The wildcards were selected by Guardians and Airmen who cast nearly 17,000 ballots in pairwise voting conducted over the last two weeks of October through the Guardians and Airmen Innovation Network platform.

Using a similar voting system, the panel reviewed and scored all 29 ideas using criteria designed to assess each idea from multiple perspectives: friendly disruption, adversary disruption, inspiration/cultural disruption, and the level of senior leadership needed to execute the idea. The scoring criteria logic takes into account atmospheric perspectives that traditional voting methods don’t consider. Many impressive ideas were submitted that touched on all aspects the criteria addressed.

“The new questions required a different perspective for our panel and prompted fresh dialogue for the ST22 vetting process. We think the results represent incredibly innovative solutions that the department’s senior leadership should hear,” said Maj. Alisha Temples, Spark Tank’s deputy director.

The selection process looked at the need for specific capabilities as well as concerns of safety, policy, department-wide implementation, technical feasibility, and scalability.

The quarterfinalists are listed below. (An asterisk (*) denotes semi-finalists.)

Blood Delivery by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Air Combat Command *
Mobile Alternative for Canopy Trailer, Air Combat Command
Developing Airmen with Games, Air Education and Training Command *
PME outLOUD! Audio-Enabled PME, Air Education and Training Command
Agile Spectrum Assignment System, Air Force District of Washington
Go-Comm Kit, Air Force Global Strike Command *
Sustaining the B-52 Ejection System, Air Force Global Strike Command *
Air Force Live Integrated Test Environment, Air Force Materiel Command *
F-22 Project Fighter Optimization Experiment, Air Force Materiel Command *
C-130 Engine Oil Pan Hoist, Air Force Reserve Command
Digital Dent Mapping, Air Force Reserve Command *
Digital Crew Book, Air Force Special Operations Command
Mid-Air Collisions & Electronic Flight Bags, Air Force Special Operations Command
KC-135 Fuel Systems Virtual Tour, Air Mobility Command
“Spotty” Bar – Safer Process, Faster Solution, Air Mobility Command
Any Airmen Can Build Their Own Secure App!, Pacific Air Forces *
Preparing the Warfighter for the Pacing Threat, Pacific Air Forces *
Reliable & Resilient Thule Power, Space Operations Command *
Space Control Interactive Procedures Interface, Space Operations Command
Every Second Counts When Saving Someone’s Life, Space Systems Command
TaskMaster, Space Systems Command
Aerial Tow Rehookup – Novel Range Extension, United States Air Force Academy *
Custom Facemasks for Fighter Pilots and Beyond, United States Air Force Academy *
Oil Cart Trailer, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa
Project Arcwater – Water and Power from Thin Air, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa *
Project Hermes – Air Force Digital Recall Roster, Air Education Training Command, Wild Card *
Modern Logistics System for Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Wild Card *

The United States Army Futures Command also hosts an innovation competition named “Dragon’s Lair” and is conducted in Shark Tank-like episodes. Together, these innovation showcases provide platforms for Department of Defense Total Force military and civilian personnel to show off their creativity and ideas to better prepare for ‘tomorrow’s fight.’

To date, Spark Tank, started in 2018, has produced about 70 ideas that DAF transformation teams investigate and evaluate for implementation and sustainment going forward. While not all ideas are implemented, about a dozen have been and Spark Tank continues to empower Airmen and Guardians to turn on the creativity switch to effect change. Spark Tank 2022 will be hosted on March 4, 2022 by the Air Force Association at the 2022 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Registration is planned to open in December.

ISOtunes Sport Debuts DEFY Slim Basic Earmuff for Firearm Enthusiasts

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Carmel, IN – The latest in the ISOtunes Sport line for competitive shooters and hunters, the DEFY Slim Basic boasts high-performance hearing protection in a no-frills, ultra-slim design.


ISOtunes’ proprietary Tactical Sound Control amplifies hearing by 8x and protects against high-impact noises, while SafeMax Technology limits volume output to 85dB for all-day, damage-free listening. The DEFY Slim Basic sports a streamlined design for maximum comfort and featherlight performance. IPX4 Durability guarantees sweat and water resistance for shooting in any conditions. DEFY Slim Basic muffs are powered by two AAA batteries for up to 300 hours of distraction-free shooting.

ISOtunes Sport products protect and enhance hearing with innovative options for sport shooters who demand safety without sacrificing performance. To learn more about the DEFY Slim Basic and browse the full ISOtunes Sport lineup, visit www.ISOtunesSport.com.

Clarus Acquires MAXTRAX, the Market Leader in Vehicle Recovery and Extraction Track for the Overland and Off-Road Market

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Acquisition Accelerates Clarus’ Vision to Scale its Overlanding and Vehicle Accessory Category

Clarus Corporation (NASDAQ: CLAR) (“Clarus” and/or the “Company”), a global company focused on the outdoor and consumer enthusiast markets, today announced it has acquired Australian-based MAXTRAX® (“MAXTRAX”), the market leader in producing the best overlanding and off-road vehicle recovery and extraction tracks, for a combination of cash, stock, and future consideration. MAXTRAX will continue to operate independently as a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Clarus and will be part of the Company’s Overlanding reporting segment, which includes recently acquired Rhino-Rack. MAXTRAX’s net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, were approximately AUD 21 million.

“We look forward to welcoming the MAXTRAX team to the Clarus family and continuing this ‘super fan’ brand’s legacy of “allowing overland enthusiasts to take the easy way out,” states John Walbrecht, president of Clarus. “Our intent is to expand product penetration for both MAXTRAX and Rhino-Rack brands across markets as we see a substantial opportunity in continuing to build our overlanding platform.”

Founded in 2005 by Brad McCarthy, MAXTRAX is considered the creator of the vehicle recovery board.  MAXTRAX has developed a product lineup consisting of high-quality vehicle recovery and extraction tracks, including its original MAXTRAX MKII recovery track. All MAXTRAX vehicle recovery tracks are manufactured in Australia using its proprietary, Australian-sourced, engineering-grade and fiber-reinforced nylon. MAXTRAX currently sells its products around the world to distributors, retailers, government agencies, third-party e-commerce sites and through its own website.

“Two decades ago, I got my 4WD bogged on a remote north Queensland beach. As the tide came in, it was almost washed away despite me having all the traditional recovery equipment onboard, and plenty of previous vehicle recovery experience. After this incident, I sought to create an easy-to-use vehicle recovery extraction device. After countless trials and four years of testing, we created the gold-standard of high-quality vehicle recovery and extraction track, and named it MAXTRAX, as in MAXimum TRAXion and Mac’s (McCarthy’s) Tracks,” states McCarthy. “We are excited to join Clarus, a partner that shares our commitment to offering outdoor enthusiasts the best products for their adventures and has a track record of growing successful brands whilst retaining the MAXTRAX brand DNA and ethos of only producing the absolute best products possible.”


ADS Take Your Best Shot 2022

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

Now in its second year, Take Your Best Shot by ADS, Inc is being held February 24, 2022 from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM at Top Golf National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

It’s an interesting event. They set up different vendors in driving bays where you not only get to check out the latest products but you also get to take a swing and compete against your peers. Naturally, you’ll also connect with an ADS sales rep.

Government ID is required for entrance and participation. No cost to attend event.

Qualified attendees include active duty military, federal, state, local government agencies, law enforcement, and first responders.

To sign up, visit events.adsinc.com.