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January 19, 2010
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Just two days until our Breakfast & Schmooze with DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren. Hear the 2010 DoD Outlook, Jan 21, 7-9:30am, Fairview Park Marriott - Sign up now!

This morning we learned the Marine Corps is looking to revolutionize the boots soldiers wear in theatre, so there’s opportunity coming for all you footwear makers. (Nike isn’t actually involved, but nowadays, it seems everyone wants in.) Just do it.
LTC Arthur Pasagian

LTC Arthur Pasagian said there will be a full and open competition at the end of FY10 or early FY11. “While we want to lighten the loads of our soldiers, we also want to help how that weight is distributed.” So we guess Chuck Taylors are out. He spoke at Worldwide Business Research’s Soldier Technology Conference at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency.

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Lockheed Martin’s Keith Maxwell

Lockheed Martin’s Keith Maxwell, who leads new initiatives in the company’s military exoskeleton development, says the average soldier carries 97 pounds (in 120 degree heat). To help lighten the load, Lockheed is creating HULC, a wearable battery-powered titanium robot that moves with the soldier, holds the brunt of the load weight, and senses and reacts to the operator’s movement.

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We know you’re curious what this thing looks like. It can load up to 200 pounds, not including its own weight, and uses a 250 watt battery, allowing the soldier to use it for several hours per day for a few days before it needing a recharge. The only thing, Keith says, is they’re still working on jumping: “Maybe we could do jets or a fan, but then you’re getting into Iron Man territory.”

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Office of Naval Research’s George Solhan says the load for Marines hasn’t changed much since the 1960s, but the gear looks cooler. In order to help, he says the OVR is developing a Virtual Warfighter System that will equip soldiers more like a SWAT team. He wants to "enable the squad leader to mediate what we’re going to carry" and how support services can provide excess needs. The conference continues through the end of the week.


Network Solutions’ Shashi Bellamkonda met up Steigman Communications’s Daria Steigman and Shonali Burke, IABC DC prez and blogger at WaxingUnlyrical.com, at the January IABC meeting at the Bethesda Hyatt. A fun moment if you were there: The crowd of 60 sang Happy Birthday to Shonali and turned the event into a fundraiser for Kids with Cameras via Facebook's Causes application.


January 21 - Women in Technology - DC CIO's discuss 2010 challenges and new technology - 6-8:30pm - Tysons Ritz - Info

January 21 - Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze - 2010 DoD Outlook - with DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren. 7-9:30am - Fairview Park Marriott - Register

January 22 - Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze, What do Women Want? (Part II) - 7:45-10:00am - Sequoia Restaurant. Info

February 24 - 25 - Southeast Venture Conference - Showcasing the southeast region's most promising emerging tech firms and providing unmatched exposure to top venture capitalists and private equity investors. 60+ high growth companies and 100+ venture funds - Tysons Ritz -  Info

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