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Inside the Army - February 11, 2019
  • AMPV passes milestone C to begin initial production

    The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle has moved into low-rate initial production, with the Army expecting to equip the first unit in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, according to the service.

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  • Army announces plan to acquire Iron Dome

    The Army last week officially announced plans to produce "a limited number" of Iron Dome air-defense systems, a move first reported by Inside Defense last month.

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  • Pentagon planning a mammoth FY-20 war budget to avoid spending cap

    The Defense Department is preparing to ask Congress for an increase of more than $100 billion in its controversial warfighting account to skirt a mandatory budget cap, but some government officials are worried it will only further the account's appearance as a slush fund.

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  • DOD to require 'enhanced' cyber protections from contractors working on 'critical' programs

    The Pentagon will as soon as March increase cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on "critical" technology programs.

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  • New NRO Chief

    President Trump has nominated Christopher Scolese, director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, to be the next head of the National Reconnaissance Office. Before heading Goddard, Scolese served as the associate administrator at NASA headquarters as well as the organization's chief engineer. Prior to his work at NASA, Scolese was a senior analyst at McLean, VA-based General Research Corp., where "he participated in several SDIO programs," a NASA bio reads, referring to the Strategic Defense Initiative Office, a predecessor to the Missile Defense Agency.

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  • Synthetic Training Environment contracts to be awarded in summer

    The Army plans to award contracts for two projects to develop new training simulators and associated tools a month earlier than previously announced.

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  • Army releases draft RFP for Stryker support

    The Army has issued a draft request for proposals for Stryker vehicle logistics support, including fielding and field-level maintenance.

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  • Trump: 'Great nations do not fight endless wars'

    President Trump during his Feb. 5 State of the Union address announced new efforts to conclude U.S. military operations in the Middle East, but provided few details.

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  • Army research command sees new role in 'technology forecasting'

    The director of the Combat Capabilities Development Command, now under Army Futures Command, says it's partly his responsibility to tell AFC what it can realistically achieve within its aggressive time lines to develop modern systems.

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  • Top special ops official says Mattis was right to oppose Syria pullout

    One day after the top American commander in the Middle East told Congress he was not consulted before President Trump announced his decision to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, the Pentagon's top civilian in charge of special operations has told lawmakers that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was right to oppose Trump's planned withdrawal.

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  • CENTCOM chief 'not consulted' before Trump announced Syria drawdown

    Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of U.S. Central Command, told senators last week he was "not consulted" prior to President Trump's announcement that American troops would begin exiting Syria.

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  • Pentagon prepping for mid-March budget rollout

    The Pentagon expects to submit its fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in March, more than a month later than previously planned because of delays driven by the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history, according to two government officials.

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  • GAO calls for DCMA to monitor contractor business system reviews

    The Pentagon is backing a Government Accountability Office recommendation that the Defense Contract Management Agency create a way to better monitor contractor business system reviews.

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  • DOT&E points to shortfalls in evaluating emerging technologies

    From advanced software to autonomous systems to directed energy weapons, the Defense Department lacks the adequate tools, ranges and skills to fully vet many emerging technologies Pentagon leaders say are crucial to renewed great power competition, according to DOD's head of operational testing.

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  • DOT&E: DOD must invest threat-representative space test infrastructure

    The Defense Department and intelligence community have not adequately resourced or utilized space testing infrastructure that would support more operationally representative threat simulation, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

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  • Pentagon details plan to 'aggressively' embrace cloud computing

    The Pentagon wants to "aggressively" embrace cloud computing by moving the military services and defense agencies to the Defense Department's "general-purpose" cloud or designated "fit-for-purpose" environments, according to a newly published cloud strategy.

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