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Combat Vehicles

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.

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.

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