JIEDDO & Preserving Counter-IED Knowledge

The article below originally appeared in the Counter-IED Report.

JIEDDOConcerns are being expressed that all the counter-IED knowledge that’s been learned during the protracted wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan will be lost if the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is slashed or abolished under the proposed plan to scale back the organization.

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New ROCKY RK10 Fully Rugged 15” laptop – Faster & More Powerful

laptop-rk10-prod-gallery-14-180x180AMREL revealed major upgrades for its most popular laptop, the 15” ROCKY RK10.  Adding performance to a proven platform, AMREL has added a powerful i7 processor, improved storage, expanded memory, and enhanced connectivity.

“It’s really a rugged laptop for the 21st century,” explains Kalvin Chen, Vice-President of Operations for AMREL. “Modern applications, such as video streaming, are very data heavy.  The new upgrades improve the RK10’s capability for processing large amounts of information.” Read more

Amazon Deliveries & Unmanned Logistics

As the unmanned community chases the Holy Grail of civilian applications, it is instructive to observe the diverse reactions to Amazon’s plans for UAV deliveries. Responses ranged from mocking satire to arguments for UGVs. Unmanned delivery is already happening in a few places.  Below are links to some of the many reactions from around the world and on the web.

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AMAS & Army’s Big Unmanned Fleet

AMAS & Army's Big Unmanned Fleet smallerRecently, there has been a bit of press about a Capabilities Advancement Demonstration of autonomous vehicles at TARDEC (Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center).  My favorite headline about the demo so far is Is the U.S. developing a ROBOTIC army? (Daily Mail UK). Notice the attention-grabbing, alarm-generating capital letters for “ROBOTIC.” Read more


ASNE DAY 2014AMREL will be demonstrating its amazingly compact, fully rugged Slimline at ASNE Day.

See the:

  •  ROCKY RS11 – Lightest thinnest, rugged laptop in the world
  • ROCKY DB6 – World’s smallest rugged handheld with full Windows OS
  • ROCKY DF6 – Small footprint, Big connector options
  • 19”/2® Rugged Network Communication Systems – 1/4 size, 100% performance

 Thin has never been so tough!


Seven things you should know about FirstNet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, was established by Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.  It is tasked with creating a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.  Vendors are hungrily eyeing its $7 billion budget, while many public safety officials hope that it will finally provide leadership and relief for the long standing problem of interoperability.

Here are seven things you should know about FirstNet: Read more