Since 2002, variants of the PackBot have been kitted to disarm bombs, detect hazardous materials or snipers. (PackBot courtesy photo)
Budget cuts and the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan has signaled a close for many of the Defense Department’s ad hoc organizations, but one is expected to endure: the Rapid Equipping Force.
Since 2002, the REF has provided thousands of technologies to solve equipment problems soldiers faced in the field. We asked staff members of the REF to pick out what they view as their top five efforts. Click here to see their choices.