Future Combined Arms Breaching Technology to be highlighted at AUSA 2020 | Article

WASHINGTON — Please join the Chief of Engineers, LTG Scott Spellmon and a team of experts for a virtual discussion on Future Combined Arms Breaching Technology at AUSA’s Warriors Corner, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m.Combined Arms Breaching is a challenging and complex task. Traditional breaching operations worked well during Desert Storm when the US Army breached the fortified 'Saddam Line' near Baghdad, Iraq in 1991. However, the technological advances of near peer adversaries, such as the use and integration of smart mines and obstacles, present new challenges for many of our tried and true breaching tools and techniques, which we have used for nearly a century. While bridging strategies are developing, future conflicts must include innovative solutions and technologies.Every element of traditional breaching: suppress, obscure, secure, reduce, and assault (SOSRA) is impacted by emerging technologies. Future requirements call for better survivability of Soldiers and equipment in the breach, as

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Turkey hits out at Canada for suspending arms exports

Turkey is accusing Canada of double standards after Ottawa suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday accused Canada of double standards after Ottawa suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced Monday that he has suspended export permits to Turkey, which is backing Azerbaijan in the conflict, in line with Canada’s export control regime. He said he had instructed his ministry to investigate claims that Canadian drone technology is being used in the fighting.

Turkey, which has military cooperation agreements with Azerbaijan, accused NATO ally Canada of creating obstacles concerning the export of military equipment

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On the front lines of California’s fires: Smoke, chaos and comrades in arms

A Carson Hotshot with a wildfire in the background

A member of the Carson Hotshots works a fireline at the Slater Fire in Northern California.


USFS/Carson Hotshots/H. Kligman

With unprecedented fires burning millions of acres across the Western US the past few months, firefighters and other personnel from across the country have responded to the call to help contain the devastating blazes. 

Northern New Mexico, where I live, has managed to escape the worst of this horrifying fire season, with just a handful of smaller wildfires. That has freed up firefighting crews like the National Forest Service’s Carson Hotshots, based in Taos, to help on those larger fires. 

The Hotshots are an elite firefighting crew specializing in wildfire suppression and emergency situations. The team’s standards for physical fitness and training are intense. I’ve occasionally marveled when mountain biking around Taos with members of the crew, who carry on conversations as we pedal up steep trails and I struggle to

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