Usually we use the GovLaunch series to feature something new and groundbreaking that the government is introducing. But sometimes no amount of technological advancements can improve on the way things are already being done. That seems to be the case when it comes to the Army's need to transport supplies across mountainous terrain. They've been experimenting with using robots, but in the end it's looking like a good old-fashioned pack mule is still the most efficient way of getting stuff from here to there.
The first comment give several ways in which mules are better than robots - they're both funny and true. When I first saw the headline, I thought, it would be good for the guys in the field to have animals to associate with and take care of. For some reason, when you're in a dehumanizing situation, animals can help keep you human.