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Marines will be able to kiss their green-tinted night vision goodbye by 2020
The Marine Corps is full speed ahead with the acquisition of a new helmet-mounted night vision system with one twist: grunts will no longer see green when they're in the field.
Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a $249 million contract to the Harris Corporation of Virginia to furnish infantry Marines with 14,000 Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle (SBNVG) systems, MARCORSYSCOM announced on Tuesday.
A lightweight, helmet-mounted replacement for the standard-issue Army/Navy Portable Visual Search (AN/PVS-15) monoculars, the SBNVG uses white phosphor image intensifier tubes rather than traditional milspec tubes, a departure from the ubiquitous yellowish-green of conventional night vision
U.S. Marines with the Aviation Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, compare green (left) and white phosphor (right) night vision goggles during professional military education, RAAF Base Darwin, Australia, June 18, 2019(U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Kealii De Los Santos)
"The use of white phosphor provides a greater capability to see at night with more clarity, giving Marines enhanced situational awareness," infantry weapons program manager Lt. Col. Tim Hough said in a statement.
The SBNVG also "consists of a binocular image intensifier night vision goggle, with a modular uncooled thermal imaging sensor, and associated external power supply and helmet mounting system," according to the original MARCORSYSCOM request for proposals published in November 2018.
The Corps is pushing hard to dole out new night vision gear to infantry Marines. In January, MARCORSYSCOM accelerated the acquisition of about 1,300 SBNVG systems using existing Defense Logistics Agency contracts.
"We made the investment to procure the 1,300 systems and fielded them to two infantry battalion, so we already had a good, robust understanding of the technology we were chasing," MARCORSYSCOM combat optic team lead Roberto Gonzalez said in a statement. "That allowed us to quickly get through the source selection process [for this contract]."
This is the Corps's second batch of new night vision goggles in just over a year. In June 2018, the Corps began fielding the Binocular Night Vision Goggle II (BNVG II) to Force Reconnaissance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines with the goal of achieving full operational capacity by spring 2019.
MARCORSYSCOM plans on first fielding the SBNVG to infantry units starting in the spring of 2020.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.
US troops will not burn and pillage like Genghis Khan's hordes as a result of Trump intervening in war crimes cases, Milley says
The U.S. military will not disintegrate into an undisciplined horde following President Donald Trump's recent intervention in three war crimes cases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley assured lawmakers on Wednesday.
Milley was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee when he was pressed by Iraq war veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) about the president's actions in the cases of former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, and retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher.
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The new defense bill would create a public database for every complaint made about privatized housing
Among the dozens of requirements outlined in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act is the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to create a public database for privatized housing complaints.
So, that will be... a lot.