The Military’s Favorite Uniform Supplier Is Dropping A Major Update For Women

Pfc. Katherine Beatty is the only female currently set to graduate from 13B cannon crewmember advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla.
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Forget Chanel or Louis Vuitton: For women with an eye toward safety and a willingness to kick ass, the hottest spring fashion is specially made body armor.

Since 1967, Propper has clothed American troops, growing from a single Navy contract to the primary supplier of uniforms and tactical gear for both the armed forces and civilian law enforcement. But while the company has long embraced the latest developments in durable tactical garments and body armor, it as admittedly fallen short on one major advancement on battlefields at home and abroad: the rise of women within the ranks.

To mark the company's 50th anniversary and acknowledge the transformation of the armed forces during the last five decades, Propper is finally releasing a line of defensive products tailored explicitly for women.

The Propper 4PV-FEMPhoto by Propper International

Apart from better cuts of the kinetic pants worn by female law enforcement officers across the nation, Propper also announced the 4PV-FEM vest, pictured above. As armor products chief Skip Church explained to PoliceOne, most companies make cosmetic modifications to create the vests sold “for women,” but this female-friendly adaptation of the company’s signature tactical armor line first introduced in 2014 looks to maximize both protection and mobility.

After all, the special designs are not just a matter of comfort, but combat effectiveness. According to product chief Joe Ruggeri, poorly tailored uniforms can hinder a soldier or officer downrange, particularly in uniforms which are simply adapted from male colleagues’ with similar builds.

“Women have been somewhat neglected in the tactical industry,”  Ruggeri told PoliceOne. “A lot of female police officers have complained because typically uniforms are just a men’s version of the uniform. It doesn’t really help them look professional, and we wanted to address that.”

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but nothing says “I love you” like woven Kevlar that really fits.


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The Marine Corps has tapped a new Silicon Valley defense firm to develop a "digital fortress" of networked surveillance systems in order to enhance the situational awareness of security forces at installations around the world.

Marine Corps Installations Command on July 15 announced a $13.5 million sole source contract award to Anduril Industries — the two-year-old defense technology company and Project Maven contractor founded by Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and several former Palantir Technologies executives — for a new Autonomous Surveillance Counter Intrusion Capability (ASCIC) designed to help secure installations against "all manners of intrusion" without additional manpower.

This is no standard intrusion system. Through its AI-driven Lattice Platform network and 32-foot-tall autonomous Sentry Towers, Anduril purports to combine the virtual reality systems that Luckey pioneered at Oculus with Pentagon's most advanced sensors into a simple mobile platform, enhancing an installation's surveillance capabilities with what Wired recently dubbed "a web of all-seeing eyes, with intelligence to know what it sees."

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The Marine Corps' dune buggy drone jammer may have downed two Iranian drones in the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. military have officials announced.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer was transiting the Strait of Hormuz on July 18 when two Iranian drones came dangerously close, according to U.S. Central Command.

"This was a defensive action by the USS Boxer in response to aggressive interactions by two Iranian UAS [unmanned aerial systems] platforms in international waters," CENTCOM spokesman Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown said in a statement. "The Boxer took defensive action and engaged both of these platforms."

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On July 17, Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal briefly met with President Donald Trump at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina to discuss the eponymous legislation that would finally allow victims of military medical malpractice to sue the U.S. government.

A Green Beret with terminal lung cancer, Stayskal has spent the last year fighting to change the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court precedent that bars service members like him from suing the government for negligence or wrongdoing.

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The Pentagon is no longer topless. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm Mark Esper as the United States' first permanent defense secretary in more than seven months.

Esper is expected to be sworn in as defense secretary later on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters.

"We are grateful for the Senate leadership and the Senate Armed Services Committee's willingness to quickly move through this process," Hoffman said.

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The new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick that dropped last week was indisputably the white-knuckle thrill ride of the summer, a blur of aerial acrobatics and beach volleyball that made us wonder how we ever lost that lovin' feeling in the decades since we first met Pete "Maverick" Mitchell back in 1986.

But it also made us wonder something else: Why is Maverick still flying combat missions in an F/A-18 Super Hornet as a 57-year-old captain after more than 30 years of service?

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