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A US Border Patrol wears a mask and the US Army's latest camouflage uniform on November 5, 2018 in Hidalgo, Texas.

US Border Patrol agents are carrying these weapons of war to stop the migrant caravan

US Border Patrol agents are carrying M4s with silencers, night-vision goggles, riding in armored vehicles, helicopters, and even horses with visors.
Tech. Sgt. Kyle Luthman shoots an M4 carbine during the 3rd Annual Andrew Sullens State Marksmanship Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 11, 2016.

The Marines have their eyes on a new rifle, but the Army says it’s forging ahead with a totally new, next-generation weapon

The Army and Marine Corps are looking at ways to give their riflemen more firepower but have settled on different ways to do it.
Cpl. Henry Lopez fires on targets with an M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, December 3, 2014.

The Marine Corps is rolling out a new rifle — and a whole lot of other gear

Not every Marine will receive the new rifle, but its wider distribution will likely be accompanied by a variety of new gear.
US Army Spc. Francisco Jimenez fires an M4 carbine during marksmanship-sustainment training in Mosul, Iraq, September 29, 2010.

The Army has officially ditched its plans for a new, short-term rifle replacement

The ICSR program took several turns during its short life, but it appears to be officially done.
US Army Spc. Francisco Jimenez fires an M4 carbine during marksmanship training in Mosul, Iraq, September 29, 2010.

The Army is eyeing a number of high-tech upgrades to its arsenal

The Army wants to upgrade its weapons to increase their lethality and maintain a competitive advantage on the battlefield.
A soldier taking part in a rifle-qualification exercise during the 2008 US Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

General in charge of the Army’s gear says plans for a more powerful rifle aren’t done yet

Plans for a short-term replacement for the M4/M16 rifle were reportedly scrapped in September, but one senior official says its still being discussed.
A soldier taking part in a rifle-qualification exercise during the 2008 US Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

The Army is scrapping its plans for a new, more powerful rifle

Discussions about replacing the M4 have been going on since this spring, but an official contract solicitation was only offered in August. Now it's scrapped.

The Marine Corps is following the Army’s lead and looking to change its arsenal

The Marines have partnered with the Army to roll out a new, more compact side arm, and both branches may soon adopt new rifles.

The Army wants to ditch the M249 SAW and give the infantry more firepower

The Army is requesting proposals to replace the M249, seeking "capability improvements in accuracy, range, and lethality."

The Army and Marine Corps want big changes for their infantry arsenals — and Congress seems to be on board

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have pushed for a speedy roll out of new infantry rifles for the US Army and Marine Corps.