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Inside the Army - 06/25/2012

Army's ARGUS A-160 Effort Will Not Continue; Stop-Work Order Issued

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. 442 words

Morocco Signals $1 Billion Abrams Buy As Congress Mulls FY-13 Funding

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. 783 words

International Interest In MEADS Could Keep Lockheed In The Game

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. 787 words

Army Briefs MECV Survivability Demonstration Plans At Industry Day

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. 650 words

Moving Day

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. 58 words

In The Trenches

"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." 167 words

Deliveries Of All 66 Persistent Threat Detection Systems Completed

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. 390 words

Odierno: Army's New Counter-WMD Mission Being Worked With SOCOM

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. 692 words

Army Eyes Network Evaluation To Help Establish Relevance In Asia-Pacific

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. 614 words

Army Report Ranks Top 10 Priorities, Sets FY-13 Budget Framework

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. 572 words

Army Releases Solicitation For Recapitalization Of Heavy Vehicles

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. 441 words

Auditors Cite Stryker Logistics Program For Lacking Adequate Cost-Controls

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. 343 words

LEMV Is '98 Percent' Ready To Go, Could Fly In Late June Or Early July

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. 310 words

Changes Made To Excalibur To Mitigate Safety Risk Will Increase Unit Cost

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. 479 words

Beacon Technology Aided Unmanned K-MAX Cargo Delivery In April Tests

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. 407 words

DOD's Major Foreign Military Sales Increased By $4.7 Billion In FY-11

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. 808 words

McKeon Predicts Delay Of Deficit Solution, Resists More Defense Cuts

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. 869 words

SOCOM Issues RFI For V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicle

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. 367 words

Army Infantry Brigade Combat Team Assigned To Support AFRICOM

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. 516 words

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Inside the Army tracks the service's emerging role in the post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan national security strategy. Extensive coverage is devoted to ground-warfare weapon programs, including the entire portfolio of combat and tactical vehicles.

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