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The Army's next infantry assault buggy might be a classic 'G.I. Joe' battlewagon
The Army has been on the hunt for a lightweight battlewagon to ferry infantry squads around the battlefield since September 2018. Now, two defense contractors are teaming up on a G.I. Joe-inspired vehicle to get the job done.
Polaris and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced on Thursday that the two firms are officially collaborating on an offering for the Army's Infantry Squad Vehicle, an air-droppable tactical vehicle intended to provide 9-member squads with enhanced mobility over the Humvee or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
While the Army plans on acquiring 651 ISVs by 2024 through a regular industry competition, per Jane's 360, Polaris has been on officials's radar since the service fielded a batch of Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road (DAGOR) vehicles to the 82nd Airborne for testing and evaluation.
The Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road (DAGOR)(Polaris)
If this muscular-looking war wagon looks eerily familiar, it's not just because you've been spending too much time reading The War Zone: the DAGOR bears an uncanny resemblance to a Vehicle: Attack: Multi Purpose (or V.A.M.P.) variant operated by the f*cking G.I. Joes in the titular toyline's fictional universe.
A 'G.I. Joe' 30th Anniversary V.A.M.P. with Steel Brigade Delta soldiers within(Hasbro)
On the one hand, the DAGOR's clearly an improvement over the VAMP, especially since the former has a payload capacity of 4,000 pounds and the latter is a non-existent vehicle from a fictional fighting force.
On the other, the whole search might be moot: this past March, Army officials stated the service "has more capability than we need" with its exiting inventory of 800 ISVs and 55,000 Humvees, so there's that.
But consider this: G.I. Joe may not have been an effective recruiting device during the Vietnam era, but it clearly inspired at least a handful of the engineers who design modern war machines. It's like the Joes always say: pork chop sandwiches!
I regret nothing.
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government.
On Monday night, Congress announced that it had finalized the NDAA, which must be passed by the House and Senate before going to President Donald Trump. If the president signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that U.S. military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.
A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.
Pardoned soldiers Clint Lorance and Mathew Golsteyn were special guests at a recent Trump fundraiser
President Donald Trump, speaking during a closed-door speech to Republican Party of Florida donors at the state party's annual Statesman's Dinner, was in "rare form" Saturday night.
The dinner, which raised $3.5 million for the state party, was met with unusual secrecy. The 1,000 attendees were required to check their cell phones into individual locked cases before they entered the unmarked ballroom at the south end of the resort. Reporters were not allowed to attend.
But the secrecy was key to Trump's performance, which attendees called "hilarious."
Riding the high of the successful event turnout — and without the pressure of press or cell phones — Trump transformed into a "total comedian," according to six people who attended the event and spoke afterward to the Miami Herald.
He also pulled an unusual move, bringing on stage Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who Trump pardoned last month for cases involving war crimes. Lorance was serving a 19-year sentence for ordering his soldiers shoot at unarmed men in Afghanistan, and Golsteyn was to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker.
Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile.
Then a thumbs-up.
McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his birthday.
By the way he disembarked from the plane, it was hard to tell that McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, was turning 100.
The new acting secretary of the Navy said recently that he is open to designing a fleet that is larger than the current 355-ship plan, one that relies significantly on unmanned systems rather than solely on traditional gray hulls.