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Combat Vehicles

September 30, 2011 | Inside the Army

Not backing
down from its decision to award two technology-development contracts for the
Ground Combat Vehicle despite a recent bid protest from a losing third bidder,
the Army recently presented its case to the Government Accountability Office.

September 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
gearing up to lobby recalcitrant lawmakers who recently denied the service
funding to initiate a program to replace its Vietnam-era M113 troop carriers,
according to the Army's chief programmer.

September 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
top programmer says three priorities sum up the service's combat vehicle
modernization strategy: transformation, replacement and improvement. And each
corresponds with a different system.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Senate
Appropriations Committee cut funding from the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle
program citing known schedule delays and acquisition strategy changes, but also
noted various red flags recently raised by the troubled program, according to
the committee's report on the fiscal year 2012 defense spending bill.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Senate
Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2012 defense spending bill that
would deny the Army more than $30 million needed to develop the Armored
Multi-Purpose Vehicle -- a new line of vehicles that would replace its aging
fleet of M113s, according to congressional budget documents.

September 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a fiscal year 2012 defense-spending bill that guts funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle, kills development of a weather satellite and cuts a major missile defense program.

The bill also cuts development funding for the VXX presidential helicopter, citing delays in the naval effort to build the Marine One of tomorrow. And the legislation warns the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's biggest acquisition program, could be in doubt unless soaring costs are reined in.

September 14, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story originally attributed a quote from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). This has been corrected.)

With the end of the fiscal year weeks away, the Defense Department is asking lawmakers to approve a shift of $3 billion for urgently needed vehicles, aircraft and surveillance initiatives.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

Expecting to
receive an order for nearly 300 additional double-V hull variants of the
Stryker, contractor General Dynamics is in discussions with the Army to combine
the planned award with another order for 100 nuclear, biological and chemical
reconnaissance variants of the vehicle, according to company officials.

September 06, 2011 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking new technologies with the potential to improve ground mobility and vehicle protection through an effort aimed at accelerating the delivery of promising, innovative capabilities.

On Sept. 2, SOCOM issued a request for information for its fiscal year 2012 Tactical Network Testbed Collaboration effort, an ongoing series of experiments conducted in collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School, where industry, academia and government research and development organizations are invited to show their wares.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
Intelligence and Security Command is looking to hire forensics teams with
top-secret clearances to investigate and analyze battle-damaged vehicles.

August 31, 2011 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command officials are soliciting feedback from industry on plans to buy a fleet of highly mobile ground vehicles outfitted for special-operations missions, according to a recent notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Officials envision a "modified government-off-the-shelf" product, meaning a vehicle that is already in use by the government -- presumably the military or intelligence agencies, according to the FBO notice. The vehicle must be transportable by CH-47 a "Chinook" helicopter.

August 30, 2011 | Daily News

The Army, as expected, has officially stopped work on its Ground Combat Vehicle program until a pending protest with the Government Accountability Office can be resolved, according to a service statement.

The protest was filed with GAO last week by Science Applications International Corp., which has teamed with Boeing and two German companies in an effort to win a $450 million GCV technology-demonstration bid.

August 26, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has offered to cut up to 15 brigade combat teams to meet defense savings goals negotiated by the White House and Congress, Inside the Army has learned.

August 26, 2011 | Daily News

The losing team in the Ground Combat Vehicle competition has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, kicking off legal proceedings that will put GCV work on hold only days after it began.

A team led by Science Applications International Corp. and Boeing received a government briefing on Aug. 23 about why it was not awarded a contract in the technology-development phase for the vehicle.

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Army

Two
contractor teams participating in the just-announced Ground Combat Vehicle
development program are gearing to up to begin work as Army and Office of the
Secretary Defense officials still differ by a "healthy percentage" over
per-unit cost estimates for the vehicles, according to the project manager.

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Army

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter last week signed a memo allowing the Army to proceed with awarding technology-demonstration contracts for the Ground Combat Vehicle program, according to Defense Department officials and documents.

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Army

Responding to
senators' concerns about the lengthy fielding time line for an upgraded Paladin
howitzer, Army Secretary John McHugh reported recently that the service so far
has not found ways to accelerate the program.

August 18, 2011 | Daily News

(Correction: This story has been updated to distinguish between the Ground Combat Vehicle's average procurement unit cost and the average unit manufacturing cost projected by the Army. The two ranges publicized by the Army -- $13 million and approximately $10 million, respectively -- capture different sets of costs. As such, they are not indicative of a cost increase.)

(Editor's note: This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 18 to include more information from the acquisition decision memorandum.)

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.

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