Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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INSIGHTS Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2016 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 Tactical Defense Media Publications Armor & Mobility ISSN: 2151-190x Pround Members The 2016 Presidential Election season. The rise of the Zika virus. The Summer Olympics. Regardless of the state of affairs in the American news cycle, the one remaining constant is the hard work, dedication and preparation of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. From the diaspora of ISIS fighters following the recent collapse of their caliphate to the ongoing conflict in Syria and security concerns in the Ukraine, not to mention dictatorship and terror driven fears in the Pacific region, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines will continue to deploy to distant, remote battlefields in the name of U.S. security. The Sep/Oct 2016 Modern Day Marine and AUSA edition of Armor and Mobility is proud to feature an exclusive interview with MG Clark W. LeMasters, Commanding General, U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management. The discussion highlights the organization's efforts to further streamline ground tactical and DoD maintenance practices, whilst facilitating greater engagement readiness for current and future contingencies. On the acquisitions side, A&M was privileged to speak with the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology, and Army Acquisition Executive, Ms. Katrina McFarland, regarding Army efforts to streamline processes to achieve broader acquisition reform. From a logistics perspective, A&M delves into critical challenges that Lt. Gen. Michael Dana, Commander of Installations & Logistics, U.S. Marine Corps faces in sustaining an expeditionary force, as well as pro-activity being taken by the Defense Logistics Agency, in coordination with the U.S. Army, on the pre-positioning of excess ammunition stocks from theater. From a vehicles sustainment vantage, A&M gives readers an update on the partnership between the U.S. Army and AM General regarding ongoing Expanded-Capacity Vehicle (ECV) protection and modernization upgrades to DoD's High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or "Humvee") light tactical platform for Active Service and National Guard application. From a Marine Corps perspective, augmentation of the USMC's existing amphibious capabilities with the continued evolution of the next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 will see the fielding of a needed compliment to the Corps' proven Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), under current survivability upgrade. In a featured spotlight on the evolution of the Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), LTC Frank Bridges, PM Medium Tactical Vehicles, sheds light on critical modifications to ground vehicle capability relevance and readiness. Finally, the 2016 Annual Tactical Warfighters Gear Guide seeks to showcase a variety of ground-breaking innovations in a myriad of areas. Broken down by category, this year's Gear Guide emphasizes how each individual product benefits the user, be it warfighters, combat physicians, or first responders. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions! Sincerely, Cover: Marines from Landing Support Company, 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Logistics Regiment, prepare a Humvee for transport via sling load underneath a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during an assault support tactics exercise at Landing Zone Bull, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, CA. (USMC photo by Cpl. Summer Dowding) Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media Scott Sharon Copy Editor Tactical Defense Media Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media Jane Engel Associate Publisher Tactical Defense Media Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media 2 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016

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