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Stronger Leadership, LLC Acquires Premium Lifestyle Sunglass Brand Skeleton Optics

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

Stronger Leadership, LLC, a collaboration of three experienced business leaders is excited to announce that they have acquired Skeleton Optics, Inc. a well-established sunglass and protective eyewear brand among sports men and women. Skeleton Optics was created and established by Mark and Lori Llano of Wellington, Florida who built the brand into a premium lifestyle brand specializing in innovative optical and lifestyle products. Headquartered in Wellington, FL, its sunglasses are emboldened through the spirit of adventure.

Using extremely high-quality components that include polarized lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision, and frames designed and manufactured in Italy, Skeleton Optics creates high-performance sunglasses to promote active outdoor engagement. With a vision to create products offering integrated design fused with advanced technology, Skeleton Optics is committed to enhancing your journey through life, while simultaneously delivering flawless protection.

Eric Storey, Chief Operating Officer for Stronger Leadership, LLC stated “My partners and I are excited to take what Mark and Lori have built to another level of recognition and exposure. The quality of this brand is unparalleled, and we plan to bring it to a wider audience who will further embrace the quality and strength of this amazing brand.”

Booz Allen Awarded $919M Contract to Support Warfighter Capabilities

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

With an enterprise approach, Booz Allen seeks to enhance the Soldier as a System

MCLEAN, Va., May 23, 2023–Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH), announced today it was awarded a performance-based task order, EDITS (Engineering, Development, Integration, and Technology-based Solutions), a research and development contract valued at $919 million. EDITS is designed to enable the Soldier as a System concept and continuously enhance the warfighter’s ability in all climatic conditions and combat situations, ensuring protection and survivability across multiple Department of Defense (DOD) agencies. The task order supports the following mission partners: U.S. Army Program Executive Offices (PEO) to include Soldier, elements of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), U.S. Army Development Command (DEVCOM) Soldier Center and the DOD’s Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA). This contract will enable Booz Allen to offer cutting-edge, technology-based solutions across services to meet emerging threats and ensure a versatile, expeditionary, agile, sustainable, and interoperable military capable of meeting and overcoming any challenge.

“Supporting warfighters requires concerted coordination that informs technology development and integration in order to empower the nation’s forces to operate jointly. Booz Allen will work to support orchestration across mission partners at the strategic level and adaptive tech integration at the tactical level for warfighters,” said Judi Dotson, Booz Allen’s Global Defense sector president. “The EDITS contract represents a cultural shift intended to foster collaboration early in technology development, as we will help facilitate open communication across service boundaries and posture for the integration of future technologies through system-level architectures.”

The flexibility of the EDITS program will allow the mission partners to rapidly identify new technologies, develop prototypes, and then test and evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies. In addition, the project allows for support to global operations, including foreign military sales, contingency logistics, and host nation training. Booz Allen and its teammates are postured to support the Department of Defense in addressing emerging threats with new technologies and integrated systems.

“By integrating new technologies into warfighter systems across service boundaries, EDITS will absolutely help drive synergies and efficiencies in modernizing and equipping the military’s tactical units,” said Joel Dillon, a senior vice president in Booz Allen’s Global Defense business. “The ultimate goal of the work is to enable the tactical unit as a fully integrated combat platform by supporting warfighters—at home and abroad—and providing solutions that increase lethality, survivability, and situational awareness that enhance the Soldier as a System.”

DOD and U.S. government program offices will leverage the EDITS contract to collaborate across organizations to minimize duplication of effort and allow for cost-effective solutions. With this program, Booz Allen will improve interoperability through technology identification, maturation, and transition of solutions seamlessly across organizational boundaries within the EDITS enterprise.

Introducing the Tasmanian Tiger Modular Belt Set

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

The new TT Modular Belt Set is the perfect blend of functionality and versatility.

Knoxville, Tenn. (May 2023) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest breakthrough product: the TT Modular Belt Set. This flat equipment belt with MOLLE system is designed to meet the demanding needs of professionals and enthusiasts alike, offering unparalleled functionality and adaptability.

The TT Modular Belt Set features a sleek and ergonomic design, carefully crafted to enhance comfort and efficiency during intense operations. Its 45mm COBRA® buckle ensures a secure and reliable fit, giving users peace of mind in any situation. The belt’s hook strips on the inside enable seamless attachment to an interior belt, further enhancing stability and reducing movement during dynamic activities.

One of the standout features of the TT Modular Belt Set is its versatile sizing options. With four available sizes, customers can easily find the perfect fit for their unique body type and needs. The small size measures 35×41 inches (90-105cm) and weighs a mere 12.34 ounces (350 grams), while the medium size ranges from 39-45 inches (100-115cm) and weighs 13.4 ounces (380 grams). The large size accommodates waist sizes between 45-50 inches (115-127cm) and weighs 14 ounces (397 grams), and the extra-large size fits waist sizes of 49-53 inches (125-135cm) and weighs 15.52 ounces (440 grams). No matter the size, each belt is expertly constructed to provide optimal durability and reliability in the field.

With 25 MOLLE segments strategically placed along the belt, users can effortlessly attach a wide range of essential gear and accessories. From pouches and holsters to multi-tools and flashlights, the TT Modular Belt Set offers unrivaled customization options, allowing individuals to tailor their loadout to meet their specific requirements.

“The TT Modular Belt Set represents our commitment to continuous innovation and our dedication to providing reliable gear solutions,” commented Richard Lewis, President and CEO of Proforce Equipment, Inc. “We understand the diverse needs of our customers, and this belt set is designed to empower them with the freedom to adapt and optimize their equipment according to their unique situations.”

The TT Modular Belt Set is made from polyester webbing. It is available in Black, Olive, and Coyote for an MSRP of $109.00.

Click to see the 2023 Tasmanian Tiger New Items digital catalog here or the Vol 3 product digital catalog. Find a local dealer here for any of the exciting Tasmanian Tiger products.

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Military, Veterans and First Responders Get 10% Off at Academy Sports + Outdoors Now Through July 4

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

To thank service members this Memorial Day and Independence Day, Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering a 10% discount to active military service members, veterans and first responders now through July 4, 2023. The discount will be applied to the entire purchase, both in-store and online. More information can be found here:

To use the discount online, verify your military or first responder status with the buttons on the Shopping Cart page. Once verified, copy and paste the promo code into the promo code section on the Shopping Cart page for single-use redemption. To use the discount in-store, simply present your military or first responder ID at checkout. 

Academy is proud to show its thanks and appreciation for all active military, veterans and first responders for all they do to protect our nation and serve in our local communities.

RMA Armament Announces Female Armor Plates & Kits

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (May 22, 2023) – RMA Armament, Inc., the King of Armor®., the industry’s leader in ceramic hard armor performance in law enforcement and civilian markets is pleased to announce its women’s hard armor product line – the first of its kind available for direct purchase.

Beginning with the Level IV FSAPI armor kit, RMA is revolutionizing female hard body armor with the shape, curvature and size requirement needed to not only properly protect, but also provide comfort for female wearers.

Let’s face it; women have a vastly different anatomy than men. So women’s armor protection needs to take on a different size and shape. Accordingly, RMA’s new FSAPI Level 4 body armor for women has a proprietary female architecture. And, this FSAPI plate doesn’t cut corners when it comes to protection. Firstly, it’s rated to defeat the Level 4 body armor standard 30.06 M2AP. Additionally, it will also defeat M80 NATO, 7.62×39 MSC, M855, M855A1, XM193, and more.

The 1118 FSAPI Level IV female armor plate from RMA is available in a custom-engineered 9″x11″ size and also weighs only 7.0 lbs. (+/- .125lbs).

“We’re thrilled to launch this female armor line that’s been years in the making. Years of research has gone into the sizing and curvature of these plates. Obviously, protection from rifle threats is a very real need for women, but so too is functionality,” said RMA founder and owner Blake Waldrop. “So this life saving product hopes to fill the need the void that armor companies in the past have neglected. And this is just the start. We have many more exciting plans for our FSAPI plates in the future.” 

Due to the custom shape and size of the FSAPI front and back plates, RMA, along with its partner Shellback Tactical, have created the Queen Plate Carrier (QPC), specifically manufactured for RMA’s proprietary FSAPI plates.

NIOA Group, Engineers Australia Partnership Creates Future Pathways

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

The NIOA Group has inked a partnership with Australia’s peak engineering body, reinforcing its commitment to develop a pipeline of weapons and munitions professionals “mission ready” to support sovereign capability.

NIOA Australia General Manager – Engineering Rudi Bekker says the company’s newly minted Engineering Workforce Credentialing (EWC) partnership with Engineers Australia (EA) will create a pathway to membership and follow-on chartership including fellow and executive membership for eligible engineers.

Young engineer Schalk Laubscher is among the NIOA Group’s Australian-based weapons and munitions technical cohort.

The EWC program represents the full cross-section of the NIOA Group’s technical workforce advancing expertise for both young and experienced engineers plus Technologists and Associates.

NIOA Australia’s engineering workforce has quadrupled in recent years as the company manages some significant defence contracts including Tranche 1 of the LAND 159 Lethality Systems program and a growing list of medium and large calibre munitions contracts including the LAND 17-1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition, LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and Abrams Main Battle Tank.

An equally impressive technical line-up at US-based Barrett Firearms provides the NIOA Group with global reach across the Pacific and a shared commitment to quality, innovation, loyalty, and mission.

NIOA Australia has committed to building a $50m small arms factory in either Brisbane, Lithgow in New South Wales, or Benalla in Victoria if it secures Tranche 2 of LAND 159. This would lead to yet another significant increase in NIOA Australia’s engineering team.

Significant growth is also anticipated for the Australian Missile Corporation (AMC), an independently-operated company within the NIOA Group.

As a sovereign enterprise partner for the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise, AMC expects to grow its engineering workforce to support the Enterprise in the establishment of a domestic manufacturing capability.

The Commonwealth Government has committed $4.1b after the Defence Strategic Review prioritised missile capability, including $2.5b for the domestic manufacture of longer-range munitions.

“Engineering forms an integral part of the Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FIC) and will be key to establishing an asymmetrical advantage needed to make the speed of relevance relevant,” Mr Bekker said.

“NIOA’s EWC partnership with Engineers Australia reinforces our commitment to develop a sustainable and growing workforce to answer to the government’s call for acceleration in areas of strategic capabilities.

“It will provide both membership and Chartered recognition for Professional engineers, Technologists and Associates across the NIOA Group of companies.”

The EWC program credentials engineers, including to become a Chartered Engineer  – the highly regarded credential which is recognised internationally as a measure of excellence.

Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO said: “Chartered Engineers are recognised throughout the world for their skills and their professionalism. I congratulate NIOA on their commitment to credential their engineers against global engineering standards of practice.”

As a young professional engineer, Schalk Laubscher now forms an integral part of a collective half-a-millennium years’ of bespoke weapons and munitions engineering experience in NIOA Australia’s engineering-technical cohort.

The 25-year-old graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2020 with a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

During his time at university, he was the founding member of UQ Space which competed against other university teams from around Australia and New Zealand in designing, building, and launching sounding rockets to altitudes of up to 30,000 feet.

NIOA Group CEO Robert Nioa said: “We are seeing a huge demand for engineers and technologists of varying disciplines and experience.

“The growth of the business has created new employment opportunities. Engineering is just one field where there are exciting openings for highly-skilled young professionals like Schalk.

“The partnership with Engineers Australia will be critical to achieving a roadmap for upskilling the engineering team who in turn will be supporting advanced sovereign defence manufacturing.

“The NIOA Group is committed to growing our industrial base well into the future both in terms of capability and workforce.”

Established in regional Queensland in 1973, the NIOA Group is Australia’s largest privately-owned company supplying firearms, weapons, ammunition and technical support and advice to military, law enforcement and commercial markets.

Patented Holster Secures Widespread Adoption by Over 20 Law Enforcement Agencies

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

SWANSBORO, N.C. – May 22, 2023 – High Speed Gear® and Comp-Tac Holsters® proudly announce the exceptional success of their groundbreaking CT3, level III retention holster.

This remarkable milestone attests to the commitment the brands have made to officer safety and they are proud to have yielded a holster specifically engineered to enhance operational efficiency, officer comfort, and firearm security.

The CT3 Holster represents the pinnacle of holster design, blending state-of-the-art, patented technology along with exceptional craftsmanship. Key features that have propelled the CT3 Holster to such widespread adoption include:

1.) Carefully Engineered: The CT3 Holster was designed to ensure a precise fit that eliminates any potential for unwanted or unintentional obstructions, guaranteeing smooth and reliable access to the firearm. Before even removing the gun from the holster, the CT3 allows the end-user to place their hand and thumb in the “Master Grip” position reducing any readjustment to the grip after the gun has been drawn.

2.) Retention Realization: The CT3 Holster employs an innovative retention system that ensures a secure hold on the firearm while allowing for a smooth draw. This cutting-edge technology strikes the perfect balance between firearm retention and accessibility, giving officers the confidence they need in high-stress situations. It also enables a seamless draw while maintaining the integrity of the Master Grip, allowing for a quick and efficient response without compromising control or stability.

3.) Versatility and Adaptability: Designed to accommodate a wide range of firearms, the CT3 Holster offers maximum versatility to police agencies with various weapon models in their arsenals. It sets a new standard by being optics and co-witness sight ready, allowing law enforcement and military personnel to seamlessly integrate their preferred red dot sights for enhanced target acquisition. Furthermore, its compatibility with other OEM drop leg platforms and quick disconnects provides flexibility and ease of use, allowing users to customize their setup according to their specific operational needs. With a large number of makes/models available along with the ability to tool-up and make holsters for gun and light configurations that may be specific to an agency, it’s clear how Comp-Tac has become the brand of choice for LE professionals.

4.) Comfort-Focused Design: Recognizing the importance of comfort during extended periods of wear, the CT3 Holster incorporates ergonomic features for ride height adjustments ensuring a customized fit for each officer and a stable, 90-degree angle for added comfort and safety. The design optimizes weight distribution and minimizes fatigue, enabling officers to perform at their best while on duty.

5.) Premium Quality and Durability: Crafted with precision and expertise, the CT3 Holster is built to withstand tough conditions and built with meticulous construction techniques to ensure exceptional durability and longevity, reinforcing the holster’s reputation as a reliable companion in the line of duty.

The widespread adoption of the CT3 Holster by over 20 esteemed police agencies is a testament to its performance, functionality, and unmatched quality. Comp-Tac and High Speed Gear are proud to provide law enforcement professionals with a trusted solution that enhances officer safety and operational effectiveness.

“We are thrilled to see the rapid adoption of our Level III CT3 Holster by police departments across the country,” said Truett Whitt, Sales Manager at Comp-Tac Holsters. “This continued acceptance highlights the trust placed in our products and our commitment to providing law enforcement professionals with the highest level of safety and performance.”

As the HSGI family of brands strive to continuously innovate and exceed industry standards, they remain committed to collaborating closely with law enforcement agencies to gather valuable feedback and incorporate real-world insights into future designs. This commitment ensures that the needs of police officers are at the forefront of product development.

Both Comp-Tac and High Speed Gear express gratitude to the police agencies that have embraced the CT3 Holster and reaffirm their dedication to providing law enforcement professionals across the nation with cutting-edge gear that empowers them to protect and serve their communities effectively.

For additional information on the CT3 Holster, please contact:

Truett Whitt

Sales Manager

Comp-Tac Holsters

[email protected]

US Army Selects Blue Force Gear Sling as Authorized M4A1 Component

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Pooler, GA – Blue Force Gear, the industry leader in modern combat slings, is pleased to announce that the US Army has chosen the patented Blue Force Gear Push Button Sling in both Black and Tan as an authorized attachment to the M4A1.

This modification can be done at the soldier level and both slings can be ordered through the Army’s Global Combat Support System (GCSS-A) using the following information: Vickers Push Button quick-adjustable sling from Blue Force Gear (Tan: NSN 1005-01-707-1744, Black: NSN 1005-01-625-4470).

After years of supporting the United States Marine Corps with their standard issue rifle sling, Blue Force Gear stands ready to fully support the US Army with the Push Button Sling and New Equipment Training and Education.

“The modern combat sling is probably the most overlooked and underutilized tool that—when properly sized, mounted, and employed—is the cheapest and most effective component for immediately enhancing a soldier’s lethality and safety,” said Chris Sizelove, Blue Force Gear Director of Education and Training. “I am proud of the Army for providing authorized options for the M4 besides the issued parade sling.”

Along with the sling options, the Army has also authorized additional modern buttstock options, most notably the B5 Systems Bravo (Black: NSN 1005-01-706-2373, Tan: NSN 1005-01-706-2510), which, when used in conjunction with the modern combat sling adds many additional capabilities to the combat rifle system.

“By authorizing our proven sling, the Army has made it easier than ever for Soldiers to improve marksmanship and weapon handling,” said Ashley Burnsed, CEO at Blue Force Gear. “This is a huge win for the US Army.”