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Raytheon wins U.S. Army NTC mission support contract

Posted June 22, 2018 by

Raytheon Company has been awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract totaling $161 million, which includes options, for mission support services. The work will be performed in Fort Irwin, Calif., with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2023. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting organization. “We look forward to providing mission critical support…

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A deep space communications hub in desert

Posted June 15, 2018 by

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.

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Army photograph by Gary Sheftick

Army researchers looking to neurostimulation to enhance, accelerate Soldiers’ abilities

Posted June 13, 2018 by Gary Sheftick

Neurostimulation is not actually a process the Army intends to use for creating "super Soldiers." However, Army researchers have been experimenting with it as a means to accelerate training.

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Army photograph by Daniel Torok

The Army Vision: Behind the 10-year plan to help the Army win today’s and tomorrow’s battles

Posted June 6, 2018 by Daniel Torok

In 1973, as the draft ended and America withdrew from Vietnam, the Army made it a priority to catch and keep the technological edge in weapons and equipment -- setting up the formation of Training and Doctrine Command and Forces Command.

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Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Army researchers headed for development of high performance lightweight helmet

Posted June 6, 2018 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Lt. Col. John Hall Capt. Beverly Nordin and Command Sgt. Maj. James LaFratta, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Support Battalion, make decisions about the employment of heavy machine guns as their paratroopers conduct a base defense live fire in Slovenia, 2017. U.S. Army researchers are currently working on a helmet prototype that will…

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Army photograph by Spec. Angel Heraldez

NTC brings Soldiers, community together at Torrance Armed Forces Day celebration

Posted June 1, 2018 by Codi Kozacek

Soldiers from the National Training Center and Fort Irwin made the trip to Torrance, Calif., to take part in the city's 59th annual Armed Forces Day parade May 19. Thousands of community members lined Torrance Boulevard to show their support and take part in the celebration.

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Health & Safety

Service members must be physically ready for deployment, CSM Troxell says

Posted May 25, 2018 by Jim Garamone

The U.S. military's mission is to fight and win the nation's wars, and service members must be physically, mentally and emotionally ready to fight when needed, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell said in an interview May 10, 2018.

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Health & Safety

Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases

Posted May 25, 2018 by

Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates or other factors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which tracks health care costs…

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Fort Irwin small business outreach attracts outpouring response

Posted May 18, 2018 by Diane House

Approximately 120 representatives from small businesses and some large industry took part in an acquisition forecast open house May 1 hosted by members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Irwin, Calif.

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Army photograph by Chris O’Leary

Airborne engineers enter digital age

Posted May 14, 2018 by Staff Sgt. James Bonnington

Army Airborne Engineers will soon begin fielding digital systems that maximize their efficiency, increase situational awareness and potentially save lives during earth moving operations in hostile environments.

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