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Stories by Loretta W. Prencipe

Case Study: Battle-tested tech: supply chain & logistics

From managing goods to providing medical care, extreme conditions and uncertainties set the military apart from commercial endeavors. It is one thing to manage supply-chain logistics or to provide medical care at a stationary facility; it is quite another thing to do that when the delivery point is unknown and the receiving unit is constantly on the move or under enemy fire.
"At some point, all the nodes are moving all over the place. That's where it's most important to have accountability and visibility," says Gary Motsek, Deputy G-3 for Support Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3), Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, Va.

Written by Loretta W. Prencipe17 Nov. 03 22:00

Energy released with the strike of a boot heel lightens the soldier's load

As technology redefines warfare and the U.S. troops evolve into a computerized militia, equipment portability becomes a life-and-death issue. Every extra ounce and every minute of device uptime counts in the combat zone.
Powering handhelds without using batteries would be one way to lighten the soldier's pack. For today's foot soldiers, batteries make up nearly 10 pounds of an overall weight budget of between 80 and 100 pounds for all gear, says Prasanna Mulgaonkar, director for networking and communications at nonprofit research institute SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif. "In the future, there will be multiple and increasing demands on power -- more electronics -- and a strong requirement to increase the operational demands from 24 hours to a week without replenishment."

Written by Loretta W. Prencipe17 Nov. 03 22:00