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Combat Vehicles

May 25, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army
should cut or scale back some programs considered priorities by service leaders
to help the U.S. military achieve "sustainable pre-eminence" in an era of
fiscal austerity, according to a new report from the Democratic-leaning Center
for a New American Security.

May 18, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's plans to synchronize its vehicle and network modernization strategies gained greater visibility last week as an information paper provided a glimpse into issues service leaders are discussing internally.

May 18, 2012 | Inside the Army

House appropriators last week followed the lead of defense authorizers in recommending to beef up fiscal year 2013 funding for the Army's heavy armored vehicle fleets, according to a congressional report.

May 18, 2012 | Daily News

The Army secretary has weighed in on the service's plan to accelerate acquisition of the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle, telling a lawmaker that the Army this summer will decide whether it can shave as much as two years from its procurement plans for the $5 billion effort.

On May 11, Army Secretary John McHugh -- on behalf of Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter -- responded to a House member who last month had asked Carter about the slow pace of the service's plans, as reflected in its FY-13 budget request, to replace the M113 family of vehicles.

May 11, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
attempting to get Bradley contractor BAE Systems to reconsider the planned
30-day furlough of more than 200 workers at its York, PA, plant, claiming the
company has the resources necessary to stave off the temporary layoff,
according to officials and documents.

May 08, 2012 | Daily News

The Army's plans to downsize its number of heavy brigade combat teams, coupled with the Defense Department's new Asia-Pacific strategy, could weaken the service's case for a new Ground Combat Vehicle or at least lower the required quantity, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The service's forthcoming force mix/force design analysis will call for trimming anywhere from 10 to 15 BCTs, with at least eight being heavy teams that would feature GCVs, according to Army officials.

May 04, 2012 | Inside the Army

With some
lawmakers nervous about declining defense budgets, a recent move by BAE Systems
to furlough 200 workers at the company's Bradley plant in York, PA, was said by
some to fit perfectly into the narrative of an armored-vehicle industry in
trouble. But the Army has begun pushing back, telling the lawmakers the
furloughs are due to company actions going back almost a year.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is depending on $3 billion in overseas contingency operations funding to reset ground vehicles coming out of Afghanistan, and will be counting on OCO funding for at least three to four years after the last Marine is out of the country, according to a top official.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
preparing to embark on a $60 million pilot reset program that could set the
stage for a third brigade of Stryker Double-V Hull vehicles, according to
service and industry officials.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

A House
defense subcommittee wanted to receive guidance from the Government
Accountability Office on the health of the Army's tank industrial base in time
for its April 27 mark-up of the defense authorization bill, but a report never
materialized.

April 27, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has conditionally approved an Army proposal to accelerate the acquisition of its Armored Multipurpose Vehicle, according to service officials, a key first step in the service's bid to pull procurement of the M113-replacement program for the heavy brigade combat teams forward by as much as two years.

April 26, 2012 | Daily News

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee has authorized nearly $400 million in unrequested funding increases to programs in the Army's heavy combat vehicle portfolio against the wishes of the service, according to officials and documents.

April 24, 2012 | Daily News

More than 170 members of the House of Representatives have signed a bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking that he work with Congress to sustain Abrams tank production in the fiscal year 2013 budget.

Army leaders have said the tank fleet is modernized enough, and no upgrades or new vehicles are needed until 2017, when an upgrade effort is slated to begin. The service has proposed mothballing the government-owned and GDLS-operated production plant in Lima, OH, until then.

April 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

Three
Democratic senators have asked Senate Armed Services Committee leaders to
restore funding for the Abrams tank in the administration's fiscal year 2013
defense budget as panelists prepare to mark up the defense policy bill.

April 20, 2012 | Daily News

The Army is drafting a plan to accelerate the acquisition of the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle, eying the release of a request for proposals as much as a year earlier than previously planned in a bid to expedite the modernization of the M113 fleet for the service's heavy brigade combat teams, according to service sources.

April 13, 2012 | Inside the Army

One of the Army's chief modernizers said last week he expects the service will soon approve the earliest initiatives to emerge from the ongoing "force mix/force design" study expected to significantly impact the future of the ground force.

April 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

One of the
nation's largest and most powerful unions has waded into the debate swirling
around Abrams tank spending, putting it at odds with the Army, according to
letters circulating on Capitol Hill.

April 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

The purchase
of technical data packages has re-emerged as an acquisition issue for the Army
following the passage of last year's defense authorization act, according to
officials familiar with the matter.

April 02, 2012 | Daily News

The Army this month will brief industry on its plans for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle program, a replacement for the Vietnam-era-designed M113 vehicle, as it prepares for a possible $5.5 billion competition to modernize a key component of the service's heavy brigades.

On March 30, the Army announced plans for the April 24 Industry Day in Sterling Heights, MI, "to inform industry partners of early insights into the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle" program, according to a notice in Federal Business Opportunities.

March 30, 2012 | Inside the Army

Acting Army acquisition chief Heidi Shyu earlier this year submitted the required documentation for a $5.1 billion sole-source contract to Stryker maker General Dynamics Land Systems for continued work on the vehicle. The previously unreported move came up last week, when Shyu acknowledged in written testimony for her confirmation hearing that negotiations that might lead to the Army doing the work on Strykers had been unsuccessful so far.

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