Army’s ground combat center is developing new methods, formations for the next war

The focus of the Army is ground combat and the way the Army fights is through fire and maneuver.

So, it makes sense that the job of figuring out where technological advances, doctrine and tactics meet would be at the epicenter of innovations in ground combat — the Maneuver Center of Excellence in Columbus, Ga.

To see how the center brings those ideas together in a fast-changing force, Army Times talked with Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of MCOE, ahead of this year’s virtual Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, which begins Oct. 13.

While tech gets the headlines and cool videos, it’s how that technology is implemented by the service that makes the difference, Donahoe argued.

Soldiers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade take part in a live-fire demonstration in July at Fort Benning, Ga. (Patrick Albright/Army)

Some of that can produce fairly large-scale changes, and so soldiers are likely to see a rethinking of formations, such as the brigade combat team, that have been around for

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Can temperature scanning slow COVID-19 spread? Airports are the testing ground for new tech

A camera in the security lines at Dallas Love Field is scanning every passerby for elevated temperatures, in a test by the airport and Southwest Airlines to find out if it can detect sick people before they board flights.

In the back hallways, employees are getting temperature checks at kiosks before they start work each day, trying to keep sick employees out of the airport, too.

As airlines, companies and governments scramble to reopen a battered economy facing the eighth month of a worldwide pandemic, airports are now the frontline for evolving thermal imaging technologies designed to pick out infected travelers before they can spread COVID-19 further.

Temperature scanning device makers such as Dallas-based Wello Inc. and Beaumont’s Infared Cameras Inc. have suddenly been inundated with requests for their technology. Even small restaurants, hotels and schools are asking about it.

“It’s not just convention centers and airlines,” said Gary Strahan,

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NASA ‘hallowed ground’ sets the stage for NatGeo’s ‘The Right Stuff’

Hangar S, NASA’s original Manned Spacecraft Center building, comes back to life on a sound stage in Orlando, Florida, during filming for National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff.” (Image credit: Disney+)

Launch Complex 5 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has stood dormant for almost 60 years. It has been nearly as long since Hangar S supported NASA’s human spaceflight program. And it was a decade ago Mercury Mission Control was demolished.

But come Friday (Oct. 9), all three historic facilities will return to their former glory in “The Right Stuff,” National Geographic’s new series streaming on Disney+. (The series arrives just in time for World Space Week, which runs from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10.) Through a combination of recreations, computer graphics and unprecedented on-site access, “The Right Stuff” provides the stage for Tom Wolfe’s written account of the original Mercury 7 astronauts to lift off again, this time

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Ground Zero opens for gaming, computer enthusiasts

Tom Savage, For the Brandon Valley Challenger
Published 2:34 a.m. CT Oct. 3, 2020


Cody Rasmussen sat in a computer science class a decade ago at Dell Rapids High School. The computer teacher disassembled a computer in front of the entire class, and Rasmussen said he was hooked.

That classroom demonstration was the first time he’d gotten the itch to pursue a career in the computer and gaming industry. Now living on the east side of Sioux Falls, Rasmussen and business partner Calen Kusler have opened Ground Zero Gaming in Brandon. The store is located at 1316 East Cedar Street.

Ironically, the computer industry isn’t one Rasmussen pursued. He went to culinary school, but the gaming bug was too big to ignore.

“It’s just something I picked up,

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SpaceX scrubs Starlink satellite launch Thursday due to ground sensor reading


A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sent NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May is set to get recycled again when SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fire, but it didn’t happen Thursday as planned. 

The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed multiple times due to weather, including on Monday morning when heavy clouds above Florida’s Cape Canaveral prevented launch at the last second. On Thursday, another launch was scrubbed 18 seconds before blastoff due to an aberrant ground sensor reading. A new target launch date has not yet been announced. 

“All in a day’s work for the launch team. They’ll investigate, diagnose probable cause, fix the problem, and get us ready for the next launch

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S Korean firm specialising in life science technology to set ground in Qatar

A South Korean company specialising in genome editing has announced plans to initiate the development of treatments for genetic diseases in Qatar with local collaboration.

“Qatar stands out in the Gulf region as a centre for medical excellence, having global educational institutions providing research and development (R&D), training, and education for the future pioneers in the field of medicine and science.
“We at G+FLAS have recognised this and have initiated our goal of establishing a centre in Doha to share our R&D experience in genome editing, CRISPR PLUS technology,” the company said in a statement.
G+FLAS, which is based in South Korea, was founded in 2014 by its CEO, Dr Sunghwa Choe, and specialises in CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology and applicational technology development; product development and production of biomedicine, and anti-cancer drugs, among others; plant-derived pharmaceuticals; genetic disease treatment; precision targeted therapy; CRISPR Cancerase; non-GMO; novel seed for arid lands;

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Optical Fiber Composite Overhead Ground Wire (OPGW) Market : Rising Trends with Top Countries Data, Technology and Business Outlook 2020 to 2026

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Sep 24, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Optical Fiber Composite Overhead Ground Wire (OPGW) Market” is valued at 592 million USD in 2020 is expected to reach 808.5 million USD by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% during 2021-2026, According to New Research Study. 360 Research Reports provides key analysis on the global market in a report, titled “Optical Fiber Composite Overhead Ground Wire (OPGW) Market by Types (Layer Stranding Structure OPGW, Central Tube Structure OPGW), Applications (Below 66KV, 66KV~110KV, 110KV~220KV, 220KV~330KV, 330~500KV, More than 500KV) and Region – Global Forecast to 2026” Browse Market data Tables and Figures spread through 122 Pages and in-depth TOC on Optical Fiber Composite Overhead Ground Wire (OPGW) Market.

COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating

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