is in the midst of an internal debate over the capability of its
next-generation blue-force tracking system, with the service's top weapons
testers recommending that a limited user test scheduled for this fall be
downgraded to a less demanding evaluation, according to documents obtained by Inside
the Army.768 words
As equipment begins to flow out of Afghanistan, U.S. officials are weighing the feasibility of stashing away excess gear from a shrinking Army for potential conflicts that would require a significant ramp-up in ground troops and associated equipment, sources said.
The Army is eying a new program aimed at fielding miniature attack drones and has asked companies what they have to offer to that end.
The Army's recent Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract awards last week appeared likely to stand without a protest from any of the losing bidders.
After being denied a development contract for the next phase of the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Hardwire LLC ended months of speculation last week when it confirmed that it had been the program's so-called 'mystery bidder.'
Gen. Frank Grass was sworn in as the new director of the National Guard Bureau
on Sept. 7, replacing Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley. In his new job Grass will
inherit the thorny task of navigating an Army build-down over the coming years
that is likely to redefine the relationship between the service's active-duty
and reserve component. On the to-do list for Grass, as well as reserve-affairs
leaders at the Pentagon, is hammering out a formula that would allow senior
leaders to compare deployments of active-duty and reserve formations.93 words
still exploring the additional purchase of Stryker Double-V Hull vehicles, is
in the midst of an "exchange pilot program" in which 47 flat-bottomed versions
of the vehicle are being reset with DVHs, according to a service spokeswoman.412 words
What killed the Army's development of a novel single rocket motor for its Joint-Air-To-Ground Missile were risks too great and costs too high to keep it as part of the newly reconfigured development program, according to the joint attack munition systems project office chief.
Army's Rapid Equipping Force has sent a research team to Afghanistan to collect
information on how to use unmanned ground robots and sensors to navigate
networks of underground tunnels known as "karezes," according to a REF
is seeking a lead integrator for upgrades to its mine-detection ground robots,
according to a market survey notice issued on Sept. 6.290 words
The Army is testing the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor system at the Utah Training and Test Range to verify key performance parameters and to demonstrate the system's readiness for operational testing with soldiers in fiscal year 2013, according to a service spokesman.
As the Army tries to beef up its ability to counter unmanned aerial system threats, it could take until fiscal year 2021 before the capability becomes entrenched in a weapon system, according to a service spokeswoman.
While there are still more contractors supporting the Defense Department in Afghanistan than American troops, the number of private workers there is beginning to decline after growing steadily for the past year, according to data published by the Pentagon.
Navistar International will take a hard look at the profitability of all its business segments, including defense, as part of a new strategy in which its North American trucking business will receive the "lion's share" of the company's focus, according to Navistar's newly minted chief executive.
Defense Department has advised Congress of a six-month schedule slip to
Raytheon's Joint Precision Approach and Landing System program due to a delay
in the planned integration of the new capability on the aircraft carrier George
H.W. Bush (CVN-77).540 words
deputy defense secretary has reestablished the Strategic Choices Group to help
guide key decisions about the military's fiscal year 2014 spending plan,
forming -- for the second year in a row -- a high-level body to debate issues
affecting weapons programs, force structure and policy initiatives needed to
implement the Obama administration's Strategic Defense Guidance.749 words
few months will be "very challenging" for the Defense Department as it works to
develop its fiscal year 2014 long-term investment blueprint amid uncertainty
about its FY-13 budget submission to Congress, according to Pentagon
acquisition chief Frank Kendall.985 words
for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey is defending the
key role American generals play in U.S. relations with Pakistan amid calls for
greater emphasis on diplomatic ties.1316 words
The Marine Corps and Army are likely to shrink their force structures in the coming years more than senior military leaders have publicly acknowledged, according to analysts and active and former service officials.