Land warfare and land combat weapons systems policies

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

The Army plans to release a request for proposals this fall, possibly in November, and award a contract next summer, possibly in January.

Firms to Pitch Light-Duty Trucks at Marine Expo

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Firms to Pitch Light-Duty Trucks at Marine Expo

Lockheed Martin will be among the contractors discussing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program at this year’s Modern Day Marine expo.

Kendall Questions Number of Army Modernization Programs

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Kendall Questions Number of Army Modernization Programs

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said he’s “concerned” about the number of new weapons program, especially those within the Army.

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

By Matthew Cox on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

The Corps needs 38 amphibious assault ships for crisis-response missions around the world but the sea service will likely have to settle for 33.

Militants Using Humvees from Iraq in Syria

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Militants Using Humvees from Iraq in Syria

The al Qaeda-splinter group, Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, has bragged about its capture of Iraqi army equipment, including Humvees, blast-resistant trucks and tanks.

China Report: Carriers, Drones and Stealth Fighters Advancing

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 6th, 2014

China Report: Carriers, Drones and Stealth Fighters Advancing

China’s military will likely have multiple aircraft carriers and thousands of guided ballistic missiles, according to the Pentagon’s annual China report.

GDLS Won’t Compete in Army’s AMPV Program

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

GDLS Won’t Compete in Army’s AMPV Program

General Dynamics Land Systems recently announced it will not compete in the U.S. Army’s AMPV competition.

Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

Army leaders have yet to settle on how to back up the rebalance of forces to the Pacific.

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 10th, 2014

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

Turns out, there is some money next year for a program to develop a replacement for the HH-60G Pave Hawk.

Drones, Helos and Ships Win in 2015 Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Drones, Helos and Ships Win in 2015 Budget

The spending plan unveiled on March 4 calls for significant increases in spending on a handful of acquisition programs for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, particularly for the Navy.

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

The $22.8 billion Marine Corps budget request included funding for a major buildup of embassy security and quick reaction forces.

Army 2015 Budget Kills GCV, Cuts Readiness

By Matthew Cox on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Army 2015 Budget Kills GCV, Cuts Readiness

Army budget officials presented a spending plan that cuts readiness and kills the Ground Combat Vehicle.

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

The defense secretary took a swipe at favorites like the A-10 and U-2, as well as controversial ships like the LCS in the DoD budget proposal.

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 Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Army Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

Army Chief defended the service’s plan to transfer 400 helicopters from the reserve to active component.

Hopes Dim for BAE’s ‘Green’ Combat Vehicle

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hopes Dim for BAE’s ‘Green’ Combat Vehicle

But the prospect of a hybrid-electric combat vehicle may not be dead, as there is still funding to continue research into the technology.

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

Using lighter, less armored unmanned ground vehicles to follow manned platforms into combat might still be decades away.

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

The chief of the National Guard warned against cutting his force too drastically, arguing that the Pentagon needs the Guard now more than it ever did prior to 9–11.

Contradiction of Funding the MEADS Missile System

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, November 29th, 2013

Contradiction of Funding the MEADS Missile System

This column is written by Dean G. Popps, a former Army acquisition executive for the Bush and Obama administrations

COIN Doctrine Under Fire

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

COIN Doctrine Under Fire

The counter-insurgency doctrine is under attack as the White House tries to avoid extended wars and places more focus on the Pacific.

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