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Inside the Army - April 23, 2018
  • Fifteen cities in contention for Army Futures Command

    Army senior leaders have narrowed the list of potential locations for Army Futures Command to 15 cities.

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  • Army vice chief: Future systems should come with a back-up plan

    The Army's second in command is cautioning against the service becoming too dependent on technology as it heads into the future battlefield.

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  • Entire Stryker fleet slated for Double-V Hull upgrade, contingent on funding

    Army senior leaders have decided to pure-fleet the Double-V Hull upgrade to all of the service's Stryker vehicles, though they are still working to allocate funding to support the effort.

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  • First SFAB largely on target, but dearth of enablers presents challenge

    The Army's first security force assistance brigade is "on the ground" in Afghanistan and providing support to local forces, but the service has yet to realize its goal of using the new units to free up brigade combat teams.

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  • Aviators Assemble

    The Army Aviation Association of America hosts its annual Mission Solutions Summit from April 25 to 27 in Nashville, TN. This year's conference theme is "Army Aviation in Multi-Domain Battle." Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville will deliver a keynote address, and attendees also will hear from aviation branch chief Maj. Gen. William Gayler, Aviation and Missile Command chief Maj. Gen. Douglas Gabram and Program Executive Officer for Aviation Brig. Gen. Thomas Todd, among others.

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  • G-3: Heel-to-toe rotations '10 times as powerful' in building readiness

    The Army has determined that the heel-to-toe rotation of forces to Europe provides greater capability and readiness than forward stationing would, according to a senior service official.

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  • Leaders call for continued funding stability to support readiness gains

    A quartet of Army officials thanked lawmakers for the two-year budget deal that established higher funding levels for defense in fiscal year 2018 and FY-19, but repeated the familiar call for long-term fiscal stability.

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  • Luckey: Army Reserve adapting to 'fundamentally different' threat

    The U.S. Army Reserve is employing a "new organizing construct" focused on "capability, combat readiness and lethality" rather than its prior emphasis on "life-saving, life-sustaining force," according to its chief.

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  • Generals address Ground Mobility Vehicle cost

    The Army's deputy chief of staff (G-8) said last week the Army's decision to leverage an existing U.S. Special Operations Command contract for Ground Mobility Vehicles was made to save the service time rather than money.

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  • Army moving fast on squad rifle replacement

    The Army's soldier lethality cross-functional team is approaching a milestone B decision on the Next Generation Automatic Squad Rifle, the first variant of the Next Generation Squad Weapon.

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  • Leaders outline path to upgrade existing systems, develop replacements

    Army senior leaders at an April 18 hearing informed the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee of the service's modernization plans.

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  • Army announces three overseas deployments

    The Army on April 18 announced three upcoming deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe.

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  • Pentagon acquisition chief moves to streamline rapid prototyping

    The Defense Department, in response to a two-year-old congressional directive, is moving to establish a "new pathway" to streamline rapid prototyping for "middle tier" capabilities that could be fielded within five years or use proven technologies to upgrade existing systems, according to a recent memo from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord.

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  • Former DOD officials see limited budget savings absent painful politics

    Former Pentagon officials agree with congressional reformers that the Defense Department could find significant savings if it eliminated some "Fourth Estate" civilian management agencies, but the big money, they said, is in base realignments and closures and other politically unpopular actions.

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  • Griffin says big contractors 'are not largely the innovators you seek'

    The Pentagon's chief technology officer says large contractors "are not largely the innovators you seek," but big defense companies and those representing them say they are adopting practices like agile development and helping DOD realize innovative technologies.

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  • New arms transfer policy seeks to promote U.S. weapons abroad

    The White House wants to elevate the importance of creating American jobs and boost the U.S. defense industry when considering weapons sales to foreign nations, as well as sell more American-made unmanned aerial systems to international partners, under a new conventional arms policy unveiled last week.

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  • MDA ranks new technology over East Coast interceptor site, director says

    Iran does not present a sufficient enough threat to the United States to warrant investing billions of dollars in an East Coast missile defense site, according to the head of the Missile Defense Agency, who said he would prefer any additional funding Congress might provide be directed into the U.S. military's sensor network to improve threat detection and tracking.

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  • Nominee: PACOM can't execute 75 percent of its ISR requirements

    The nominee to be the next head of U.S. Pacific Command estimates the organization's Hawaii-based headquarters has 25 percent of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability it requires, an appraisal that points to a significant shortfall but also a marked improvement compared to an assessment PACOM offered a year ago.

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