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Combat Vehicles

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is looking to industry to deliver a Marine Personnel Carrier prototype in eight months, and the vehicle must meet 80 percent of the service's requirements, a Marine Corps official said.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

An interim
RAND Corp. study, due for delivery to Capitol Hill this week, backs the Army in
concluding that the Abrams tank production plant in Lima, OH, should be
mothballed to save money, Inside the Army has learned.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin last week received a briefing on the service's
combat vehicle programs, continuing a series of so-called capability portfolio
reviews spearheaded by his predecessor, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, according to
officials.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
looking for a modular next-generation combat engine and plans to award a
single, $5 million contract in June that could impact the service's entire
vehicle portfolio, according to a broad agency announcement released last week.

February 03, 2012 | Daily News

Less than a year after terminating the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program for runaway costs, the Pentagon has formally launched a replacement acquisition effort to develop an Amphibious Combat Vehicle -- a pared-down successor in terms of capability and cost the Marine Corps hopes will begin ferrying troops from ship to shore as soon as 2022.

February 03, 2012 | Inside the Navy
BAE Systems is looking to develop commonality on its amphibious vehicles to reduce training, operating and support costs, according to a company executive.
January 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Light Armored Vehicle program office is being asked to extend the service life of its vehicles until 2035 -- about three decades beyond the original retirement date for the baseline LAV, which first entered service in 1981, Matthew Koneda, LAV director of engineering, told Inside the Navy Jan. 23.
January 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army may
reduce its force structure by more than the eight brigade combat teams
announced in a Defense Department budget white paper last week, depending on
the results of internal debates over the optimal configuration of those
formations, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

January 27, 2012 | Daily News

A bid protest in the Ground Combat Vehicle program will lead to a one-year delay as well as a $1.7 billion cut over five years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said today.

On Dec. 5, the Government Accountability Office ruled against Science Applications International Corp., which had filed a bid protest against the Army's GCV program after it failed to win a technology-development contract. The Army did award TD contracts worth roughly $450 million apiece to GCV teams led by General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army
officials are making plans to test off-the-shelf vehicles, some from allied
countries, during a May Network Integration Evaluation to determine whether a
non-developmental platform should become part of the Ground Combat Vehicle
program.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems
received a $300 million contract last week to begin the engineering and
manufacturing development phase of the Paladin Integrated Management program,
which will result in work to upgrade the survivability of the system's hull,
according to a company official.

January 13, 2012 | Inside the Army

The
Government Accountability Office recently disclosed that a flawed active
protection system design was one of the key reasons why the Army rejected the
Ground Combat Vehicle bid proposal of a team led by Science Applications
International Corp. and Boeing, thus underscoring the persistent challenges
facing APS development.

January 13, 2012 | Daily News

Military leaders are rushing new weapons into operational testing despite signs the systems are not ready, the Pentagon's top tester warns in a new report that spotlights big problems threatening to undermine an array of major programs.

The latest annual report from J. Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's operational testing chief, counsels the armed services to conduct rigorous developmental testing, aimed at early detection of software and hardware problems, before moving on to trials in an operationally realistic environment.

January 11, 2012 | Daily News

Science Applications International Corp. and Boeing were excluded from the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program last year because of concerns over their design's force-protection features, according to the Government Accountability Office.

January 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's
development of the Ground Combat Vehicle is on unsure footing due to a high
price tag and the fact that U.S. military strategy is pivoting toward power
projection in the Pacific and away from extensive ground engagements, a new
report to Congress contends.

January 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army Materiel
Command lawyers have clashed with the Government Accountability Office over the
publication of details from a protest decision surrounding a case where the
Army rejected an industry team for work on the service's Ground Combat Vehicle,
Inside the Army has learned.

January 06, 2012 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems
is set to begin discussions with vendors interested in participating in Bradley
Fighting Vehicle upgrade efforts ordered by the Army, according to a company
official.

December 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

Some lawmakers have begun prodding the Army over what they believe are insufficient plans to procure more blast-proof variants of the Stryker vehicle, a demand that could throw a wrench into the cash-strapped service's vehicle portfolio plans, according to Army and industry sources.

December 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

Congressional appropriators approved a bill earlier this month that urges the Army to abandon any terminology associated with the canceled Future Combat Systems program because such associations have become "counter-productive distractions," according to a conference committee report.

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