Army wants to put laser weapons on Stryker armored vehicles by 2022
Stars and Stripes The Army is now developing 50 kilowatt lasers for its Stryker wheeled armored vehicles, with plans calling for a prototype to be fielded in 2022, the service said. “The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield,” said Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood,... Read more
Army streamlining European emergency warning system
Stars and Stripes A new emergency messaging system for the Army community in Europe will begin operating later this month. Called “Alert! Mass Warning Notification System,” it is expected to streamline how personnel are alerted in the event of a crisis. It will replace the AtHoc system used by... Read more
Special Forces parachute over Normandy in test run for upcoming D-Day ceremony
Stars and Stripes About 135 Special Forces soldiers jumped from three Air Force aircraft above the ancient Mont Saint-Michel abbey in Normandy, as part of the commemoration for the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day. The 352nd Special Operations Wing and the 86th Airlift Wing delivered the 10th Special Forces... Read more
U.S. brigadier general named deputy commander of French armored unit
Stars and Stripes U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Todd R. Wasmund has been assigned as deputy commander of France’s Marseilles-based 3rd Armored Division as part of the first reciprocal exchange of general officers between the two countries’ armies. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announced the assignment following the... Read more

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