The Army has decided not to continue its ARGUS A-160 quick-reaction capability due to the projected cost and risk involved in continuing the effort with Boeing, according to the Army's acting product manager for unmanned aerial systems modernization.
Morocco intends to spend more than $1 billion refurbishing 200 of its M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress last week about the potential foreign military sale.
While Army leaders and industry executives are fighting to keep the Medium Extended Air Defense System alive in the United States through its development phase, Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Germany and Italy about follow-on opportunities for the system, while additional nations have expressed interest in MEADS' capabilities, according to company officials.
The Army was scheduled to brief industry officials last week on its plans to proceed with a survivability demonstration for the Medium Expanded Capacity Vehicle, Inside the Army has learned.
Two aviation units will move to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, by Oct. 15, according to a June 21 Pentagon statement. The 1st Battalion of the 229th Air Cavalry Squadron will move from Ft. Hood, TX, and will convert to an attack and reconnaissance battalion, while Company D of the 123rd Aviation Regiment will move from Ft. Wainwright, AK.
"I perhaps ought to come back on the comment of special forces being expensive because I don't want somebody breaking in through my window in a black suit tonight."
The Army has received all 66 Persistent Threat Detection Systems ordered from Lockheed Martin, with the last delivered to the service last month, according to a company executive.
The Army chief of staff confirmed last week that the service was developing doctrine and tactics to take on a new mission to counter weapons of mass destruction, noting that it meant strengthening and maintaining ties to U.S. Special Operations Command forged over a decade of war.
The Army's chief weapons tester said last week the service's vaunted Network Integration Evaluation construct could be leveraged as a tool to demonstrate the relevance of the ground force as the nation shifts its defense strategy to the Asia-Pacific region.
A new Army report adds three programs -- the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle, and Nett Warrior -- to the service's formal list of top-priority acquisition efforts, providing new details about how the Army's fiscal year 2013 budget request aligns with the "equipment portfolio" framework that service leaders are using to scrutinize investment decisions.
The Army released a market survey last week seeking industry input on a planned recapitalization of approximately one-third of its Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles, along with the possible purchase of technical data.
The Government Accountability Office reported last week that the Army's logistics support program for the Stryker vehicle lacked adequate cost controls, resulting in $335 million in excess accumulated contractor inventory between March 2007 and February 2012.
The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle is about "98 percent" ready to begin flights at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, where testing should begin in late June or early July, the service's new deputy chief of staff for intelligence said.
Changes made to the extended-range Excalibur artillery round to mitigate safety risks will allow for an accelerated production decision but will also increase production costs, according to an Army spokesman.
An Army science and technology effort -- a beacon system designed to aid unmanned aircraft in cargo delivery -- was tested successfully in Afghanistan in April, according to a Lockheed Martin executive last week.
The Pentagon's sales of significant military equipment to foreign militaries rose by $4.7 billion in fiscal year 2011 compared to the previous year, an increase of nearly 50 percent, according to Defense Department reports issued this year and last.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) last week predicted lawmakers would postpone offering a solution to the nation's deficit problems, but he urged them to do so quickly without more defense cuts and called on White House budget officials to testify this summer about plans for sequestration under the 2011 Budget Control Act.
U.S. Special Operations Command announced last week it "may have a requirement" to buy a non-developmental, highly mobile vehicle capable of being transported inside a V-22 Osprey.
An Army infantry brigade combat team has been assigned to U.S. Africa Command to carry out security force assistance operations, marking the first movement of troops to support the service's new Regionally Aligned Forces concept, according to officials.