The Army Just Started Producing Its Brand New Ballistics Helmet

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After nearly two decades of trying to treat traumatic brain injury, the Army is taking a hard look at adding preventative measures in protective headgear for its soldiers.


The solution it came up with? Ballistic headgear reminiscent of a motorcycle helmet.

Beginning in January 2017, the new lightweight ballistic helmet — the Integrated Head Protection System — entered the production phase, and in 2020, it is expected to make its battlefield debut.

The base helmet will be similar to the polyethylene Enhanced Combat Helmet that some soldiers are already wearing, reported Military.com. And once field-tested, the service plans to issue this helmet to all troops who deploy.

The base helmet will feature a series of add-ons such as a jaw protector, visor, and “ballistic applique” that serves as a protective layer, and attaches over the base for additional protection.

The downside? The visor is expected to provide ballistic protection, but it won’t provide protection against the sun. Soldiers will need to wear darkened sunglasses to reduce glares when deployed to bright domains.

In 2013, Gentex Corporation was awarded a contract of $1.3 million for Phase 1 development testing of the helmet. It is the first of six pieces the Army is fielding as part of its Soldier Protective System — a revolutionary armor system that PEO Soldier is working to field.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States looks set to break a promise not to hold military exercises with South Korea, putting talks aimed at getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons at risk, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The United States' pattern of "unilaterally reneging on its commitments" is leading Pyongyang to reconsider its own commitments to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), the ministry said in a pair of statements released through state news agency KCNA.

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Roman Sabal, 58, originally from Belize, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 on Monday morning with an attorney to ask for "parole" to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for a little before noon in downtown San Diego. Border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for "humanitarian or significant public benefit" reasons.

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Spencer is expected to temporarily lead the Pentagon while the Senate considers Army Secretary Mark Esper's nomination to succeed James Mattis as defense secretary. The Senate officially received Esper's nomination on Monday.

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On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely characterized as a "hoverboard" — maneuvering through the skies above the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris armed with what appears to be a dummy firearm.

The video was accompanied with a simple message of "Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante," which translates to "proud of our army, modern and innovative," suggesting that the French Armed Forces may be eyeing the unusual vehicle for potential military applications.

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If you've ever wondered if the Pentagon has ever exposed the American public to ticks infected with biological weapons, you're not alone.

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) authored an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Defense Department Inspector General's Office to find out if the U.S. military experimented with using ticks and other insects as biological weapons between 1950 and 1975.

If such experiments took place, the amendment would require the inspector general's office to tell lawmakers if any of the ticks or other bugs "were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design."

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