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Army uses next-level tech at Fort Leonard Wood

The U.S. Army is training troops to someday use 3-D printers to build things like concrete barracks, or to use drones to identify hot spots that might be life-threatening. (File)

The U.S. Army is training troops to someday use 3-D printers to build things like concrete barracks, or to use drones to identify hot spots that might be life-threatening.

Those were two of the new technologies the Army showed journalists this week at Fort Leonard Wood.

The Springfield News-Leader reported the effort is part of what the Army calls the Maneuver Support, Sustainment, Protection, Integration Experiment. The goal is to allow service members who might need to use the devices in the field to have input before the technology is declared field-ready.

Fort Leonard Wood official Mike McCarthy said the strategy helps make the military more efficient, and saves money.

He adds soldiers often propose new uses for technology in the field that engineers might consider.

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