Land warfare and land combat weapons systems policies

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.

Army Vows JLTV Commitment Despite Cuts

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Army Vows JLTV Commitment Despite Cuts

The comments contrasted with statements from top Army officials yesterday that major acquisition programs, including the Ground Combat Vehicle, were in jeopardy because of the automatic budget cuts. That may mean the Army will seek to replace Humvees before Bradleys.

Army Considers Killing Ground Combat Vehicle

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Army Considers Killing Ground Combat Vehicle

Budget cuts may force the service to scale back, delay or even cancel major modernization programs, from the Ground Combat Vehicle to the Armed Aerial Scout helicopter to the battlefield communications network

Army Plans Maritime Exercises with Navy in Pacific

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Army Plans Maritime Exercises with Navy in Pacific

Army leaders expect aviation units to continue training with Navy ships as the service looks to rebalance involvement in the Pacific.

Army Hit Hard Under Post Shutdown Funding Cloud

By Richard Sisk on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Army Hit Hard Under Post Shutdown Funding Cloud

Gen. Ray Odierno said “dynamic uncertainty” remains for the Army as plenty of questions remain on funding levels for the Defense Department.

Army Increases Commitment to Pacific Re-Balance

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Army Increases Commitment to Pacific Re-Balance

Army leaders explain the need to expand the service’s focus on the Pacific to line up with the nation’s defense strategy.

AUSA Will Press On Even if Government Still Shut Down

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

AUSA Will Press On Even if Government Still Shut Down

AUSA’s president said the annual convention in Washington D.C. scheduled for the end of October will occur even if the government is still shut down.

154,000 Army Civilians Furloughed in Shutdown

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

154,000 Army Civilians Furloughed in Shutdown

the Army is struggling to deal with thousands of civilian furloughs, reduced training and travel and scaled-back community outreach, officials said.

Corps to Industry: Prepare for the Worst

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Corps to Industry: Prepare for the Worst

The blunt message comes as the Marine Corps is reducing headcount and scaling back ambitions for weapons systems amid automatic federal budget cuts, officials said.

Pentagon Kicks Off JTLV Testing

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Pentagon Kicks Off JTLV Testing

In the early stages of JLTV testing, defense companies remain confident in the program despite budget uncertainties.

Army Spent $800 Million on Network Tests

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 26th, 2013

Army Spent $800 Million on Network Tests

The Army isn’t taking full advantage of the knowledge that could be gained from the evaluations and plans to buy equipment that has performed poorly, according to government auditors.

General Dynamics Wins $562 Million SOCOM Truck Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

General Dynamics Wins $562 Million SOCOM Truck Deal

The tank-maker beat out Humvee-maker AM General LLC and truck-maker Navistar International Corp. for the seven-year deal.

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.

JLTV Stays On Track Until Summer

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

JLTV Stays On Track Until Summer

The program manager for the JLTV program said testing will go on as scheduled before officials must re-evaluate the program’s pace this summer.

Navy P-8 Deal Tops $17 Billion in July Awards

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Navy P-8 Deal Tops $17 Billion in July Awards

The Navy’s decision to buy the P-8s under low-rate initial production follows a recommendation from the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office, which had warned that more “critical testing” of the submarine-hunting plane was needed.

Dempsey Reluctantly Details Syria Options

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Dempsey Reluctantly Details Syria Options

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered more information about what a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria might look like — and cost.

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.

U.S. Army to Slash at Least a Dozen Brigades

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

U.S. Army to Slash at Least a Dozen Brigades

The service will reduce the number of brigade combat teams from 45 to 33 as part of a previously announced plan to decrease the active component by 80,000 soldiers, or 14 percent, to 490,000 soldiers by 2017.

JLTV on Track Despite Sequestration

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

JLTV on Track Despite Sequestration

The Army remains on schedule to deliver a LRIP contract award in 2015.

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