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Inside the Army - October 16, 2017
  • McCarthy: Army tweaking POM to address top priorities

    The Army intends to shift resources within its program objective memorandum to enable the "ruthless prioritization" required to modernize the force, according to the acting service secretary.

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  • Army secretary details planned acquisition reform efforts

    Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy issued a directive Sept. 12 outlining implementation plans for a pair of acquisition reform initiatives.

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  • Perkins: Army crafting headquarters, ICEWS for multi-domain task forces

    The Army has "started to allocate force structure" in support of Multi-Domain Battle, according to the head of Training and Doctrine Command.

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  • McCarthy and Milley announce plans to create modernization command

    Army senior leaders have "approved the establishment of a task force to develop a new command to consolidate . . . Army modernization under one roof," the service's top civilian official said Oct. 9.

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  • Conference Called

    The House, by unanimous consent, voted Oct. 12 to enter into conference with the Senate to consider the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. The chamber also voted 414-8 to allow the conference committee to meet in closed session. The same day, House Republicans and Democrats named conferees for the legislation. The conference committee includes 18 Republican and 13 Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tapped additional GOP members from other committees.

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  • Army buying a brigade set of Trophy APS for Abrams tanks

    Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for ground combat systems, told reporters Oct. 9 the Army has elected to purchase one brigade set of the Trophy active protection system.

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  • USARPAC aims to help Army move rapidly from concepts to doctrine

    The North Korean regime led by Kim Jong Un poses "the biggest danger to our nation and world," and lends urgency to work by U.S. Army Pacific to test new operational concepts, its commander said last week.

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  • Army aviation prepares for operations in A2/AD environment

    The Army's aviation branch is crafting new doctrine and revising its training emphasis to better operate in a complex environment against a near-peer adversary, according to the commander of the Aviation Center of Excellence.

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  • Army working to improve its tactical network

    The Army is taking steps to mitigate shortfalls found in its tactical network, according to Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, the service's chief information officer/G-6.

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  • Milley highlights importance of 'readiness for war'

    Readiness remains the Army's "No. 1 priority," and a rapidly changing global threat environment only increases its importance, according to the service's chief of staff.

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  • Perna strives for 'combat readiness' for prepositioned stocks

    The head of Army Materiel Command has directed a critical change to make equipment in prepositioned stocks combat-ready.

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  • Encouraged by capability upgrades, Hodges highlights remaining gaps

    The commander of U.S. Army Europe continues to call for aviation assets, short-range air defense, and long-range fires, but is encouraged by efforts to increase capability on the continent.

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  • Army working toward MDD for NGCV in FY-22

    The Army is leveraging cross-functional teams to help inform the Next Generation Combat Vehicle effort, according to the commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

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  • Army plans 'limited' effort to upgrade M113s in EAB

    The Army's plans to upgrade M113s in echelons above brigade will be constrained to a small number outside the continental United States in South Korea and Europe, according to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle project manager.

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  • PEO GCS warns industry of quick MPF time line

    Industry must be ready to meet a "rapid" time line for the Mobile Protected Firepower program, according to the program executive officer for ground combat systems.

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  • Army official predicts first SFABs to be focused on Iraq and Afghanistan

    As the Army works to build its new security force assistance brigades, the short-term goal may be to gear the initial units toward fulfilling needs in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the director of force management in the office of the deputy chief of staff (G-3/5/7).

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  • G-1 outlines result of effort to meet end strength targets by end of FY-17

    The Army's effort to meet its fiscal year 2017 end strength goal of 1,018,000 soldiers concluded last month, resulting in a final number "less than three-tenths of a percent" short, according to Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, deputy chief of staff (G-1).

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  • ARCIC, RDECOM chiefs endorse cross-functional team effort

    Senior leaders' plans to reform the Army's approach to modernization are intended not only to speed acquisition, but to enable the service to better compete for resources, according to two officials.

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  • Army plans for Leader Follower program of record in FY-21

    The Army's science and technology effort to develop a manned-unmanned teaming capability for ground forces is planned to become a program of record in the program executive office for combat support and combat service support, according to the project manager for force projection.

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  • Trump to nominate McPherson, Beehler for Army leadership posts

    Late on Oct. 12 the White House announced intended nominees for a pair of senior Army civilian posts.

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  • Army takes milestone decision authority on four major programs

    The Army has been delegated milestone decision authority for four programs previously under the defense secretary's oversight, including the service's next-generation tactical network, according to the service's acting acquisition chief.

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  • Mattis seeks to rally Pentagon amid fiscal gridlock

    The Defense Department has begun fiscal year 2018 without a new budget, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on all Pentagon personnel to remain committed to three core lines of effort: restoring military readiness, strengthening global alliances and reforming DOD business practices.

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  • Mattis: DOD needs to open up communications with industry

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis again called for closer ties with industry during his keynote address at the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting, as he highlighted the importance of reforming the Defense Department's business processes.

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  • DSCA chief reviewing non-standard weapons requests

    The new head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency this week highlighted five aspects of the foreign military sales process for review, including when another country requests non-standard U.S. defense equipment.

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  • Army personnel to train initial Afghan Black Hawk pilots

    Army service members will train the first Afghan Air Force pilots to fly their new Black Hawk helicopters, but the training will eventually be supported by contractors as well, according to the head of Army security assistance.

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  • Panel: New Army capabilities needed for future fight in megacities

    The Army needs to take action to bolster capabilities to fight in megacities and should lobby Pentagon leaders to adopt defense planning scenarios that include dense-urban area operations as an initial step toward laying the groundwork for potential weapon system programs needed for these missions.

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  • McCain welcomes Army's 'bold' modernization plans

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) praised the Army's plans to shake up its modernization strategy, calling it "an example of the kind of bold steps that will be necessary to fix a broken system."

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  • Lord promises more commercial approach to managing Pentagon

    Ellen Lord, the new top acquisition official in the Pentagon, said in her first public event Oct. 11 she is drawing on her industry experience to take a more commercial approach to the Defense Department.

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  • DOD acquisition chief sets targets for streamlining contracting

    The Pentagon's new acquisition chief is seeking to cut in half the time it takes to award contracts, hinting at new pilot programs and highlighting software development as a significant capability gap for the military.

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  • Lockheed CTO seeking venture investments that support tech strategy

    Lockheed Martin Ventures, the rebooted venture fund of Lockheed Martin, is working closely with the company's chief technology office to identify strategic investments, the CTO said Oct. 11.

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