White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

The $58.6 billion request for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations next year is $20.9 billion less than the $79.4 billion placeholder originally included in the budget.

Army’s First AH-64E Unit Deploys to Afghanistan

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 5th, 2014

Army’s First AH-64E Unit Deploys to Afghanistan

The 1st-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in March with two dozen of the latest Echo models of the choppers.

Report: U.S. Mulls War Budgets for Afghanistan

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 25th, 2014

Report: U.S. Mulls War Budgets for Afghanistan

One scenario would keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, another would leave 5,000 service members in the country and another wouldn’t keep any there.

Army Unit to Intel Center: DCGS Doesn’t Work

By Brendan McGarry on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Army Unit to Intel Center: DCGS Doesn’t Work

The report contains many of the same criticisms that other units in Afghanistan would later echo, namely that the technology is complicated to use and unreliable.

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 14th, 2014

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

U.S. troops in Afghanistan must destroy up thousands of their own vehicles to save money, said Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

Lawmakers criticized the Pentagon’s plan to strip the National Guard of the AH-64 Apache and the A-10 Warthog.

Odierno: Army Needs at Least 450,000 Soldiers

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Odierno: Army Needs at Least 450,000 Soldiers

Odierno pushed back against the idea of downsizing the military because the wars of the past decade were ending, saying it’s hard to predict future conflicts.

Army Units in Afghanistan Slam Intel System

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Army Units in Afghanistan Slam Intel System

Military​.com obtained a copy of a previously undisclosed memo that includes feedback on the technology from several units serving in the country.

Army Builds Unused Base in Afghanistan

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Army Builds Unused Base in Afghanistan

The questionable project comes as U.S. inspectors found at least $6.7 billion in government funding for Afghanistan reconstruction “at risk of waste, fraud and abuse.”

Pentagon Expect Rapid Fielding to Survive After Troops Return from War

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Pentagon Expect Rapid Fielding to Survive After Troops Return from War

The Pentagon hopes to build upon its quick-turn rapid acquisition abilities and expand the rapid fielding mission set despite budget environment.

Pentagon Must Accept Budget Cuts: Expert

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Pentagon Must Accept Budget Cuts: Expert

Automatic, across-the-board cuts are set to slice about $52 billion from the Pentagon’s budget after Jan. 1, unless lawmakers agree on an alternative deficit-reduction plan.

Navistar Pitches New Uses for Old MRAPs

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Navistar Pitches New Uses for Old MRAPs

The Army plans to keep about 3,000 blast-resistant trucks known as MaxxPros that the manufacturer says can be upgraded to become mobile command posts or power generators.

Raytheon Sells Stingers for Apaches Abroad

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Raytheon Sells Stingers for Apaches Abroad

Raytheon, which anticipates additional business for helicopter-launched Stingers in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, is also benefiting from marketing efforts by Boeing Co.

Senator Lifts Hold on Air Force Nominee

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Senator Lifts Hold on Air Force Nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., held up the nomination of the new Air Force secretary because of concerns over the service’s plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane.

Army Prepares to Start Radio Competition

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Army Prepares to Start Radio Competition

The Army plans to hold an industry day Sept. 5, begin the competition later in fall and award a single company with a production contract in 2014.

Senate Panel Passes $594 Billion Defense Bill

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Senate Panel Passes $594 Billion Defense Bill

The legislation would fund the planned purchase of 29 F-35 fighter jets, though limit production in 2015 to keep focus on testing and software deliveries.

Lawmakers Protect Funding to Refurbish Humvees

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, June 28th, 2013

Lawmakers Protect Funding to Refurbish Humvees

Lawmakers order the Army to pursue its original plans to spend $271 million in fiscal 2013 to upgrade 2,128 of the light trucks, for an average cost of $127,350 per vehicle.

Panel Blocks Network Cuts After Lobbying Push

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Panel Blocks Network Cuts After Lobbying Push

Lawmakers and company officials said the Army’s decision to cut funding from the battlefield communications network didn’t make sense because the service itself has identified it as one of its highest priorities.

Beechcraft’s Bid Was Higher Risk: Air Force

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Beechcraft’s Bid Was Higher Risk: Air Force

The Air Force nevertheless estimated the total cost of the AT-6 purchase from Beechcraft at $479 million and that of the A-29 from Sierra Nevada-Embraer at $615 million, according to the GAO.

Lockheed Eyes C-130J for Commercial Market

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Lockheed Eyes C-130J for Commercial Market

Lockheed Martin may develop a new plane for the commercial air freight market based on the C-130J Super Hercules, a four-engine, medium-lift turboprop, even as it faces competition in the military market from the Brazilian aerospace firm, Embraer.

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