US Army Awards Top 10 Inventions of 2006

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M113A2 Dozer, Canadaby Luc Desmoreaux(click to view full) The US Army held its 5th annual “top 10 greatest inventions” ceremony recently in Arlington, VA, recognizing the Top 10 inventions of 2006. The top picks were chosen by Soldiers from active-Army divisions and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command according to three criteria: impact on Army capabilities, potential benefits outside the Army and inventiveness. Three of this year’s top inventions are geared toward defeating IED land mines, and there’s even one tracked armored blast from the past. Most inventions have already been fielded to soldiers on the front lines. Packbot w IREDS(click to view full) This year, all award winners were in-house; past years have included winners from contractors as well. Departmental winners included the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (4 wins); the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny, NJ (2 wins); and Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, AL (2 wins). The other 2 slots went to different groups. Award recipients included: Blow Torch Counter-IED System, U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. This vehicle-mounted system detonates IEDs at safe stand-off distances. Integrated […]

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