Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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10-20-2014

Northrop Grumman Humvee Modernization Costs About $145K Per Vehicle

Northrop Grumman pitched its humvee modernization solution last week during an annual Army conference contending it will cost the government about $145,000 per vehicle, according to a company executive.

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Army Seeking 'Enterprise' Open-Source Intelligence Technologies

More than four years after social media drove the revolutions known collectively as the Arab Spring, the Army is taking a closer look at open source information and how it fits into the service's broader intelligence operations.

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10-17-2014

Congressional Denials Squeeze Nearly $600M From DOD-Proposed Reprogramming Actions

Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

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CENTCOM Chief Predicts ISIL Will Be 'Much Degraded' Over The Next Eight Months

America's top general in the campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria believes enemy units will be "much degraded" over the next eight to 12 months, creating the opportunity for 5,000 U.S.-trained Syrian rebels to make a significant impact when they join the fight next year.

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10-16-2014

Comptroller Spikes Funding For Additional FY-15 EELV 'New Entrant' Launch

The Pentagon comptroller has withdrawn plans to allocate $100 million to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program in the final version of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming action, crippling Air Force plans to add an extra EELV launch mission in FY-15 and thereby giving SpaceX an additional opportunity to compete against incumbent United Launch Alliance.

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Declared Operational; First Deployment In 2015

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy recently declared the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye operational and plans to replace legacy aircraft in each squadron by 2027, according to a service official.

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U.S. May Seek To Forestall Shortage Of Protective Suits For Ebola Fight

The U.S. government may invoke special national-security authorities to ensure enough personal protective equipment can be purchased to deal with a domestic Ebola crisis, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official.

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U.S. Military Equipment To Be Kept In Europe To Counter Russia

The United States will be permanently stationing additional military equipment in Europe in the near future, signaling increased readiness against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, according to an Army official.

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Australia Submits Letter Of Request For At Least 1,000 APKWS Units

The Australian Defence Forces recently submitted an official letter of request for a foreign military sale of at least 1,000 units of the U.S. Navy's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, according to a BAE Systems official.

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10-15-2014

Hagel Opens Door To Army Asia-Pacific Missions: Missiles, Artillery, Air Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed that the Army could "broaden" its role in the Asia-Pacific region by employing precision missiles and air-defense weapons there.

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'Launch-Pad Anomaly' Eyed As Culprit In August Hypersonic Test Failure

Preliminary findings of a Pentagon investigation into the failed August test of the Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon have determined a "launch-pad anomaly" to be the culprit while the booster and warhead payload -- destroyed seconds after launch -- operated as expected, according to a senior Army official.

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Team Investigating F-35A Engine Fire Validates Root Cause, Briefs Findings (Updated)

A joint team investigating an engine fire onboard an Air Force Joint Strike Fighter this summer has validated the root cause of the incident and briefed its findings Oct. 10, according to a spokesman from the F-35 joint program office.

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ARNORTH Commander: Military Relationship With Mexico 'Best It's Ever Been'

Due in part to Russia's recent incursions into Eastern Europe, the United States' military-to-military relationship with Mexico has reached a high point, according to the commander of U.S. Army North.

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10-14-2014

Army May Break Up Major Network Program If Test Results Fall Short

A top Army official is signaling that the service could break up its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program if the system fails reliability testing.

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In Event Of Sequester, Entire Modernization Portfolio To Be 'Stretched Out'

The Army plans to ride out $26 billion in statutorily required cuts to its current spending plan between fiscal years 2016 to 2019, protecting its new weapons portfolio by stretching out planned procurement and deferring upgrades of the current inventory, according to a top service official.

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P&W Exec: Findings Of Investigation Into F-35A Engine Fire Not Yet Released

An accident investigation board looking into the root cause of an engine fire on an Air Force F-35 fighter jet this summer has not yet returned its findings, according to an executive from engine-maker Pratt & Whitney.

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Army To Pare Down Network Integration Evaluation

The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is set to move from a twice-a-year occurrence to just one NIE in the spring paired with an Army Warfighting Assessment in the fall, an exercise that identifies new service concepts and capabilities, according to an Army official that helps run the event.

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Shyu Approves Buy Of Fourth Brigade of Stryker Double-V Hulls

The Army's top acquisition official has approved the purchase of a fourth brigade of Stryker vehicles with the double-V hull, the Army announced on Monday.

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Official: Army Aviation Reforms Won't Wait For Outside Review

A top Army acquisition official said the service will execute aviation reform plans irrespective of an independent commission that some lawmakers want for reviewing the process.

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10-13-2014

World Crises Drive Army Chief's Worries Over End Strength

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said ongoing global crises have left him doubting earlier assertions that the service can reduce its end strength below 490,000 troops.

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