NSWC Dahlgren Division Centennial Coins Symbolize 100 Years

December 5, 2018 – The tradition of issuing coins in the military is believed to have started in Vietnam. When an Army infantry-run bar tried to keep non-infantrymen away, they allegedly forced “outsiders” to buy drinks for the whole bar if they could not prove they had been in combat. Story iterations like this one have indicated that this proof started with enemy bullets and gradually became as extreme as grenades, rockets and unexploded ordnance. Eventually, a coin-sized item emblazoned with the unit’s insignia became the accepted form of proof,…

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‘Realm of the Possible’ Revealed by Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicle

An unmanned surface vehicle suddenly appeared on the Potomac River Test Range and, much like the ospreys that inhabit the area, it was on a mission to traverse the river – autonomously. Nearby, an osprey watched the unusual sight from its nest as an array of autonomous guns and missile systems were lined up on a pier. Distinguished visitors gathered on that pier to see the sight – a demonstration of Textron Systems’ Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV). They listened intently as Navy and corporate leaders discussed their collaboration to…

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U.S. Navy Mission 22 Team Develops ‘Game Changing’ Unmanned Capability

What do NASA space crews and Navy Sly Fox mission engineers have in common? Both leave the comforts of the ordinary to explore a higher, unfamiliar realm while testing possibilities and expanding capabilities. Their dispatches about discoveries, innovations, and experiences continue to fascinate people from all walks of life. ”As we move forward into the future, unmanned systems will allow for less operator involvement with features such as autonomous navigation, flight, and obstacle avoidance,” was one transmission among a slew of dispatches that tell the latest story. “CANARES is a…

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US Navy Expands Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare for ‘Victory at Sea’

New electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW) capabilities are emerging from laboratories to make a vital operational impact in the Fleet, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leaders announced, Nov. 1. The announcement – made in the wake of NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Tom Druggan’s call for a renewed focus on EMW at a recent conference – means that the Navy and its Warfare Centers are serious about investing in electromagnetic maneuver warfare while new innovations such as directed energy and high energy lasers expand capabilities within the electromagnetic spectrum. “The…

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