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March 30, 2012 | Inside the Army

Owners of small companies that supply Abrams tank contractor General Dynamics Land Systems were in Washington last week to tell lawmakers that a planned pause in tank production would trickle down the industrial base in painful ways.

March 30, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's top modernization officials told a panel of senators last week that early findings from an analysis of alternatives have shown an upgraded Bradley would be nearly as expensive as a brand-new Ground Combat Vehicle.

March 23, 2012 | Inside the Army

Defense
contractor General Dynamics Land Systems is bringing more than 200
subcontractors and suppliers to Capitol Hill this week to discuss the future of
the Abrams tank and Stryker combat vehicle with lawmakers, according to company
officials.

March 16, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is looking to industry to submit an Amphibious Assault Vehicle upgrade trade study focusing on survivability, force protection and mobility this spring, according to a service spokesman.
March 16, 2012 | Inside the Army

A senior
House lawmaker has enlisted the Government Accountability Office to enter the
debate on the Army's plans to mothball the only Abrams tank plant in America.

March 14, 2012 | Daily News

Abrams tank contractor General Dynamics Land Systems is pitching a proposal on Capitol Hill that calls for lawmakers to insert more than $180 million in unrequested funding into the Army's fiscal year 2013 budget to protect industrial capacity at a plant in Lima, OH, though the service does not want it, InsideDefense.com has learned.

March 09, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps plans to wrap up an analysis of alternatives for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle in June, according to a top service official.
March 09, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
last week acknowledged lawmakers' concerns about the well-being of General
Dynamics and its tank-making suppliers following a proposed closure of the
Abrams production facility in Lima, OH, but they stuck to their position that
the move is necessary.

March 09, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army and Defense
Department officials met last week to discuss ground service plans for bringing
the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle to initial production two years earlier than
2017, the current plan, according to Army officials.

March 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments today released a report on the future challenges in military vehicle modernization, recommending that the Army and Marine Corps find ways to make do amid an environment of fiscal austerity.

"Both services are in the early stages of modernizing their vehicle fleets. These modernization efforts will be severely constrained by the budget cuts looming over the Department of Defense," states the report. "The brunt of these cuts will likely fall on the services’ modernization accounts."

March 02, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
last week praised the performance of Stryker vehicles equipped with double-v
hulls against improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, but whether the
service will buy more of them is still under review.

March 02, 2012 | Inside the Army

Unlike many lawmakers from both parties on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the panel's ranking member, isn't outright hostile to the Army's proposed procurement holiday for the Abrams tank, Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle programs, though he said last week that he would like to strike a balance to preserve core industrial base capabilities.

March 01, 2012 | Daily News

Unlike many lawmakers from both parties on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the panel's ranking member, isn't outright hostile to the Army's proposed procurement holiday for the Abrams tank, Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle programs, though he said today that he would like to strike a balance to preserve core industrial base capabilities.

How to do that, however, remains elusive, Smith told reporters at a breakfast in Washington.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said last week that while current plans call for the service to eliminate eight brigade combat teams, leaving a total of 37, officials are discussing the possibility of cutting the number of BCTs to as few as 32.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

FORT
LAUDERDALE, FL -- General Dynamics Land Systems' bottom line is poised to take
a big hit should the Army's plans to temporarily shut down its Abrams tank and
Stryker combat vehicle production lines come to fruition, but the company is
talking to the service about helping it negotiate a series of foreign military
sales to Saudi Arabia, Inside the Army has learned.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army
officials chose to "bury" information about significant design flaws in the
now-defunct Future Combat Systems suite of capabilities so Congress would keep
funding the program, according to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, an active-duty officer
whose whistleblower account criticizing military leaders for overselling
progress in Afghanistan made headlines earlier this month.

February 24, 2012 | Daily News

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said this week that while current plans call for the service to eliminate eight brigade combat teams, leaving a total of 37, officials are discussing the possibility of cutting the number of BCTs to as few as 32.

Odierno, speaking to reporters Feb. 23 at an Association of the United States Army conference, said the idea of dropping to 32 BCTs was gaining traction because of plans in the works to add a third maneuver battalion to the Army's overall BCT structure.

February 17, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's plans for shutting down the Abrams tank, Bradley and Stryker vehicle production lines between fiscal years 2014 and 2016 are causing consternation among lawmakers, and will once again trigger a flurry of lobbying on Capitol Hill from worried contractors, according to officials and sources.

February 17, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army released a market survey last week to support its development of an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle to replace its aging fleet of M113 infantry carriers. The service has requested $74 million to fund the AMPV in fiscal year 2013 and plans to spend more than $300 million developing it over the next five years, according to Army budget documents.

February 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon today rolled out a defense budget request for fiscal year 2013 that includes $185 billion for the Army, announcing program terminations expected to be worth $4.7 billion over the next five years.

Largely in line with the Obama administration's talk of fewer U.S. ground forces and a congressional mandate to shave $259 billion from the defense budget over five years, the Army's FY-13 request -- $135 billion in the base budget and $50 billion in overseas contingency operations -- compares to $203 billion enacted in FY-12.

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