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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.
An investigation is underway after an Army recruiting company commander in Houston, Texas, issued a memo that included a phrase used by Nazis and displayed in death camps during World War II, "Arbeit Macht Frei," which roughly translates to "work sets you free."
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A woman has filed a civil suit against a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, saying she has suffered emotional distress and "a diminished capacity to enjoy life" in the years since he used a hidden camera at Barnes Air National Guard Base to record explicit images of her.
Former Tech Sgt. Jason Venne, 37, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude and seven counts of unlawful wiretap. He admitted putting a camera in the women's locker room at the Westfield base, recording images and video between 2011 and 2013 when he worked there as a mechanic.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.