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Combat Vehicles

August 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

from the Defense Department and the armored vehicle industry weighed in last
week on how recent Pentagon guidance aimed at providing greater consistency in
measuring energy use is expected to impact programs in development.

August 03, 2012 | Inside the Army

appropriators are worried that the Army's combat vehicle modernization strategy
relies too heavily on spending to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle and
underfunds future efforts to upgrade platforms already in the inventory.

July 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army
plans to award General Dynamics Land Systems a research and development
contract by the end of September to refurbish the Abrams tank, according to
service and industry officials.

July 13, 2012 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems
is set to execute a plan this week to furlough more than 200 employees working
on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle at a plant in York, PA, for approximately one
month, according to a company spokeswoman.

July 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

Holdups with an Army effort to recapitalize Panther-class Medium Mine Protected Vehicles are enabling Defense Department leaders to spend $85 million from program coffers to pay other bills, according to a recent reprogramming request sent to lawmakers for approval.

July 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army officials are beginning a study on what the service's vehicle-recovery and blast-proof ambulance fleets should look like in the future, an effort that could prepare additional investments toward building what service leaders have called the "Army 2020," according to officials.

June 29, 2012 | Inside the Army

As the Army
celebrates the formal presentation of its newest suite of network gear, known
as "Capability Set 13," service leaders remain vexed by challenges to future
capability set fielding efforts -- particularly the power limitations of heavy
combat vehicles.

June 29, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
inviting industry to view several M113 vehicles to better inform efforts to
replace the aging infantry carrier with the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle,
according to a June 27 government notice.

June 22, 2012 | Inside the Army

Morocco intends to spend more than $1 billion refurbishing 200 of its M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress last week about the potential foreign military sale.

June 22, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Government Accountability Office reported last week that the Army's logistics support program for the Stryker vehicle lacked adequate cost controls, resulting in $335 million in excess accumulated contractor inventory between March 2007 and February 2012.

June 15, 2012 | Inside the Army

emerged last week about reservations held by some on the Senate Armed Services
Committee toward the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's nascent effort
to crowd-source the design of military combat vehicles.

June 15, 2012 | Inside the Army

officials next year will demonstrate an emerging concept aimed at quickly
overwhelming future adversaries through the rapid insertion of armored
formations, according to documents and officials.

June 15, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army has
concluded operational testing of potential non-developmental Ground Combat
Vehicle candidates and plans to include the findings in an analysis of
alternatives scheduled to wrap up next month.

June 15, 2012 | Daily News

The Army expects to pay Boeing $474 million in termination fees for the Future Combat System program, driving the total estimated cost for the failed modernization effort to $19.9 billion, according to a Defense Department report to Congress.

June 14, 2012 | Daily News

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has again waded into the tempestuous debate surrounding the Army's Abrams tank industrial base, saying today that lawmakers on his committee sought to strike a balance between funding what the service wants and what industry needs.

June 08, 2012 | Inside the Army

As the Senate
Armed Services Committee last week signaled it would go along with an Army
compromise to lean on foreign sales to keep Abrams tank production humming, an
Ohio senator urged the ground service to budget more money for the
manufacturing plant, which is located in his home state.

June 08, 2012 | Inside the Army

Senate Armed
Services Committee members signaled last week that they want to see greater
competition in government contracts for military vehicle and aircraft training,
potentially opening the aperture for increased industry opportunities,
according to the panel's report on the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization

June 08, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Senate
Armed Services Committee once again has voiced concerns about the survivability
of the Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle being developed by the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to the committee's report
on the fiscal year 2013 defense policy bill.

June 01, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Pentagon's top acquisition official recently signed a memo giving the Army full milestone decision authority over the Stryker family of vehicles, which Army and industry sources say will be used to launch a pilot program to reset flat-bottomed variants with double-V hulls.

May 25, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Senate
Armed Services Committee last week hit the brakes on recent efforts to
aggressively fund the Army's heavy fleets of Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting
Vehicles in the fiscal year 2013 budget.