Fort Carson lieutenant could be first female Army Ranger

By: The Gazette
March 1, 2015 Updated: March 2, 2015 at 5:51 am

A Fort Carson lieutenant could become the first female Ranger, the Army said on its website.

The woman, whose name wasn't released, is a Fort Carson helicopter pilot and the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment Course last month. Completing the course is a requirement for Ranger training.

The elite Rangers, who specialize in difficult airborne missions and fall under Special Operations Command, have no women in the ranks. The Army, though, is working this year to open all units to women who can meet physical requirements.

The first step for Rangers has been allowing women to take the assessment course.

Women who complete the course, including the Fort Carson lieutenant, can go on to full Ranger training beginning in April, the Army said.



Buckley airmen run missile system

Airmen at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora ran a successful test on a new ground system to control missile warning satellites, Air Force Space Command said in a news release.

"During the first three days of the test, the Increment 2 system demonstrated its ability to transmit and receive commands to and from each of the missile-warning satellites individually," Space Command said.

The new control system will enter full service in 2016 and replaces ground stations in use since 2001.

Under the old system, missile warning satellites required three separate ground systems to control them. The new system can do that work with a single ground station.

The missile warning satellites use infrared cameras to detect rocket launches.


Computers that can communicate sought

The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency wants computers that talk back.

The Pentagon's research arm announced efforts to improve communications between people and computers last month.

"The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers," the agency said. "Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate."

The effort will seek to build software that allows computers to converse at a level that mimics communications between people. Computers are hampered by failure to properly communicate, the agency said.

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