Land warfare and land combat weapons systems policies

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.

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.

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