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Combat Vehicles

August 12, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
plans to press ahead with ground vehicle modernization initiatives this month
encountered a pair of setbacks last week, triggering speculation from industry
teams vying for tens of billions of dollars in contracts that marquee service
programs -- ranging from the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program to the Ground
Combat Vehicle program -- could face the budget ax.

August 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Army's plans to press ahead with ground vehicle modernization initiatives this month encountered a pair of setbacks this week triggering speculation from industry teams vying for tens of billions of dollars in development, procurement work that marquee service programs -- ranging from the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program to the Ground Combat Vehicle program -- could face the budget ax.

August 09, 2011 | Daily News

On Friday, the Army is slated to review modernization decisions for its entire combat vehicle portfolio including the Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Stryker and the new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle intended to replace the M113 carrier.

Industry officials are hoping the Army's upcoming meeting will yield the major modernization decisions they have been waiting for since March.

July 29, 2011 | Inside the Army

Defense
insiders say that the Army was prepared to notify three industry teams last
week regarding the success or failure of their bids to win
technology-demonstration contracts for the Ground Combat Vehicle, until
officials from the Pentagon's newly empowered cost assessment shop stepped in and
demanded more oversight.

July 29, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps will examine a range of options for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle -- the replacement for the canceled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle -- over the next few months, including one option that would use a transport vessel to take a combat vehicle ashore, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told reporters following his address at a July 27 conference in Washington.
July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The troubled Marine Corps short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "pretty close" to ending its two-year probation early, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said at a conference today.

"I think it's important that it gets out [from under probation], and I think we're probably pretty close right now to qualifying for getting out," Amos said during a conference on amphibious operations in Washington.

July 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

Although a key memo had not yet been signed as of Friday, a
Defense Acquisition Board review on July 21 cleared the Army's Ground Combat
Vehicle to proceed into its technology-development phase, according to sources
with knowledge of the decision.

July 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

While the Army has yet to properly incorporate energy
efficiency into its acquisition requirements model, a senior-level service
official says a new approach is on the way, specifically for the anticipated
Ground Combat Vehicle.

July 22, 2011 | Daily News

Although a key memo has not yet been signed, a Defense Acquisition Board review has cleared the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle to proceed into its technology-development phase, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

The Army expects to award up to three contracts within the next 10 days, one source said.

July 19, 2011 | Daily News

While the Army has yet to properly incorporate energy efficiency into its acquisition requirements model, a senior-level service official says a new approach is on the way, specifically for the anticipated Ground Combat Vehicle.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

Industry leaders are awaiting a series of decisions in early
August that they hope will bring clarity on the way ahead for key Army ground
vehicle programs.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has denied a
Defense Department reprogramming request that would have allowed the Army to
shift $10 million toward replacing its Vietnam-era M113 with a new Armored
Multi-Purpose Vehicle, according to officials.

July 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is poised to change how it blast tests combat vehicles to better assess the damage that could be caused by the types of roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices that have been gutting vehicles and killing soldiers since the start of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

July 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is asking Congress to approve a $45 million funding shift that would allow the service to carry out several new-start Combat Vehicle Prototype Sensitivity Studies to better inform the acquisition process for the Ground Combat Vehicle, according to a recent Defense Department reprogramming request.

July 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency will be working closely with the Army and Marine Corps to ensure its Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle has suitable force protection capabilities -- an effort that follows skeptical language about the project in a recent report from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

July 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is asking Congress to shift $6 billion in fiscal year 2011 to support higher priorities and unfunded requirements, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's cost increases and new initiatives for communications, vehicles and aircraft.

July 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department is weeding through more than 130
audits related to the termination of the Army's Future Combat Systems program,
which still lends its name to many large research and development accounts in
the fiscal year 2012 budget, according to officials.

July 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

A July 21 defense acquisition board review has been set for
the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program, marking the fourth time the meeting
has been rescheduled since the issuance of a new request for proposals last
year, according to sources.

July 01, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated on July 5 to incorporate information about the AMPV program from an Army spokesman as well as a government source familiar with the effort.)

The Army is preparing next month to kick off a big-ticket Pentagon acquisition effort -- a new armored vehicle program to outfit its heavy brigades with a replacement for the Vietnam-era-designed M113 vehicle, setting up a competition to build as many as 5,000 Armored Multipurpose Vehicles (AMPV).

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers have proposed cutting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $3 billion budget request by $150 million, griping the agency has been focused on overly ambitious initiatives and has failed to fully flesh out programs.

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