Land warfare and land combat weapons systems policies

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.

Army Mulls Trading New Vehicles for Upgrades to Old Ones

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Army Mulls Trading New Vehicles for Upgrades to Old Ones

JLTV, GCV and AMPV programs are all in danger of being cut in exchange for upgrades to other Army vehicles, leaders say

Pentagon Inspector General to Audit JLTV

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, October 28th, 2013

Pentagon Inspector General to Audit JLTV

The forthcoming audit may give more ammunition to critics of the program, which is estimated to cost $23 billion.

Army: Furloughs Make Civilian Force a Serious Flight Risk

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Army: Furloughs Make Civilian Force a Serious Flight Risk

Army TRADOC Commander Gen. Bob Cone said the service should offer education opportunities to its civilian force to entice them to stay with DoD.

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.

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