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Inside the Army - June 26, 2017
  • Army to examine options for upgunning entire Stryker fleet

    While the Army upgrades a group of Strykers for use in Europe, the service plans to make key decisions by the end of the summer on how to upgun the entire Stryker fleet, according to the project manager.

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  • Army prepares next Black Hawk multiyear contract

    The Defense Department has certified a new multiyear procurement for the UH-60M Black Hawk, and the Army expects to award the contract within the next week.

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  • Army to begin training first SFAB in August

    The Army's first security force assistance brigade will begin training in August with 16 weeks of immersive language coursework, according to the unit's commander.

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  • House Armed Services Committee revising FY-18 topline to $621B

    Staffers from the House Armed Services Committee canceled a press briefing and were scrambling late last week to revise the base defense budget topline on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill from $640 billion to $621 billion, and are also working on a $75 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account that would allow $10 billion be used for base budget spending, according to congressional sources.

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  • New Vice

    Gen. James McConville received his fourth star and became the 36th Army vice chief of staff on June 16. He succeeds Gen. Daniel Allyn, who is retiring. McConville was nominated to the rank of general and the position April 24 and confirmed May 25. He had served since Aug. 15, 2014, as the Army deputy chief of staff (G-1), overseeing personnel issues. Prior to joining the Army staff, he commanded the 101st Airborne Division and Ft. Campbell, KY.

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  • Army to analyze lighter material options for Stryker

    The Army plans to begin a developmental engineering project geared toward examining lightweight composite materials for vehicle protection, according to the project manager for Stryker brigade combat team.

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  • Hodges: Rotational ABCT is 'critical,' but cannot be sole priority

    For all the focus on the armored brigade combat team presence in Europe, the emphasis needs to be on the array of capabilities required to provide deterrence, according to the commander of U.S. Army Europe.

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  • House panel looks to accelerate Army vehicle modernization

    Lawmakers are skeptical of the Army's plans to upgrade and ultimately replace its existing combat vehicles, and plan to enshrine their concerns in legislation.

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  • Authorizers eye end-strength increase sought by Army

    House authorizers intend to support the Army in its push for an end-strength increase, according to legislation released June 20.

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  • House authorizers seek acquisition strategy for LTAMDS

    A Congressional panel has put forth legislation that would require the Army secretary to issue an acquisition strategy for a 360-degree lower-tier air and missile defense sensor.

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  • GAO faults requirements workforce cuts for MDAP challenges

    Years after the cancellation of multiple programs costing billions of dollars, the Army's "un-executable requirements and negative program outcomes . . . continue to exist," according to federal auditors.

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  • New defense topline budget numbers emerging from GOP committees

    The rough draft of the defense topline for fiscal year 2018 is significantly higher than the figure sought by the Trump administration, though negotiations continue and a partisan budget battle remains likely, according to multiple sources inside three separate House committees.

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  • McCain questions Shanahan's Boeing ties; threatens to block nomination

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) on June 20 questioned the corporate ties of President Trump's deputy defense secretary nominee Patrick Shanahan, and threatened to block the former Boeing executive's nomination if he continued to "duck" questions on the threat posed by Russia.

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  • STRATCOM chief aims to accelerate all nuclear modernization programs

    The head of U.S. Strategic Command said he's applying pressure on all nuclear modernization efforts to make those programs move faster than currently scheduled.

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  • Readiness subcommittee leaves BRAC proposal unaddressed

    The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's portion of the defense policy bill does not provide for a new Base Realignment and Closure round for the Defense Department, but the full committee's bill may address the issue, according to congressional aides.

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  • Mattis: U.S. conflict with China is 'not inevitable'

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said after a high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials on June 21 that both nations are not doomed to conflict and continue to share the goal of a de-nuclearized North Korea.

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