What is Exercise Cambrian Patrol?

Introduction Exercise Cambrian Patrol, ‘The Patrol’, – originally known as the Cambrian March – is the premier patrolling event of the British Army. Where is it Held? The Patrol is held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th (Welsh) Brigade for Commander Land Forces (CLF), usually taking place in October each year. The Brigade Commander,… Read More

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Augmented Reality for Dogs

The US Army is testing augmented reality goggles for its working dogs. They will allow the animals to scout ahead of troops for IEDs and other hazards without handlers being required to be in close proximity. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is currently trialling prototype sets that let the dogs see visual indicators in… Read More

Character Strength Changes & Deployment

Research Paper Title Development of character strengths across the deployment cycle among US Army soldiers. Background Despite a narrative of post-traumatic growth and resilience, research reliably demonstrating positive character development following adversity has proved elusive. In the current study, the researchers examined changes in character strengths in Army soldiers deploying for the first time. Method… Read More

Infantry Junior NCO Cadre Students from Different Battalions Train Together for the First Time

British Army training chiefs have been examining the lessons from a pilot leadership course, which saw aspiring non-commissioned officers (NCOs) from across the Infantry train together for the first time. Although this mental and physical test of command is usually carried out in regiment, the one-off change was made due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It… Read More

Dutch Buy Haptic Navigational Aid for Soldiers

Dutch soldiers are being kitted out with a belt that allows them to sense the location of waypoints, providing hands-free directions. Haptic navigation tools, which guide the wearer through vibration, have been researched as possible aids for people with visual impairments, but are also of interest to the military. A firm called Elitac Wearables in… Read More

Military Hide & Seek May Have Just Got a Bit Harder

Camouflaged objects are difficult to detect, for both humans and artificial intelligence (AI). But now an AI has been trained to parse objects from their backgrounds. As well as the obvious military setting, this could have a variety of applications such as: Search-and-rescue work; Detecting agricultural pests; and Medical imaging. Detecting camouflaged objects requires visual… Read More

3D Printing for Military Applications

Although the US Army has been dabbling in 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) for some time, a prototype printer, commissioned from 3D Systems in South Carolina for $15 million by the US Army, can create objects up to a volume of 1 by 1 by 0.6 metres. The giant, high-speed 3D printer which is producing… Read More