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Combat Vehicles

June 24, 2011 | Inside the Army

The effort to advance the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle
program has hit a new speed bump, with the service attempting to justify the
urgency of its seven-year development schedule to lawmakers who are wondering
what the rush is all about in light of the drawdown from Afghanistan, according
to a source with knowledge of the situation.

June 17, 2011 | Inside the Army

Despite the Army's wishes, the Senate Armed Services
Committee increased funding to the Abrams tank program by $322 million in its
mark of the fiscal year 2012 defense spending bill last week, according to Sen.
Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the committee.

June 17, 2011 | Inside the Army

As the Army continues to hash out the future of its combat
vehicle portfolio, several materiel development decisions delayed since March
have been stalled indefinitely until service leaders can determine a way
forward, according to a statement from the office that oversees the vehicles.

June 10, 2011 | Inside the Army

High-level
conversations about the prioritization of Army combat vehicle modernization
efforts are under way, with some sources suggesting the Stryker's stock is on
the rise as questions continue to swirl about the business case for the Ground
Combat Vehicle.

June 10, 2011 | Inside the Army

A recent
panel organized by BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman to discuss hybrid-electric
drive technology for military vehicles provided support for the companies' bid
for the Army's multibillion-dollar Ground Combat Vehicle program and, possibly,
the service's plans for Bradley Fighting Vehicle modernization.

June 10, 2011 | Inside the Army

The House
Appropriations Committee has approved an additional $272 million for the Abrams
tank upgrade program despite the Army's to desire cease tank production for
three years, according to documents reviewed by Inside the Army.

June 10, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps hopes the analysis of alternatives for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, which will begin this summer, will be completed in six months, according to Lt. Gen. George Flynn, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
June 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps hopes the analysis of alternatives for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, which will begin this summer, will be completed in six months, according to Lt. Gen. George Flynn, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

May 27, 2011 | Inside the Army

An Army reorganization plan up for decision later this year
would result in more maneuver combat forces inside the service's brigade combat
teams, but it also would mean the service will have fewer BCTs overall, Inside
the Army
has learned.

May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Marine Corps and Navy officials last week cast uncertainty on the trio of programs slated to replace the terminated Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, saying they could not commit to building at least one leg of the triad, the Marine Personnel Carrier, until more studies are completed.
May 20, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A move by House lawmakers to freeze spending on the Amphibious Combat Vehicle until an analysis of alternatives is complete could shut down the Marine Corps' attempt to build a technology demonstrator to speed development and ease the shutdown process for the Expeditionary Fight Vehicle, service officials said last week.
May 20, 2011 | Inside the Army

The program executive officer overseeing the Army's Ground
Combat Vehicle program told industry officials last week that the service was
open to a variety of contract arrangements that would provide incentives while
driving down the effort's overall costs.

May 20, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army Secretary John McHugh told a panel of Senate
appropriators last week that the service remained committed to its strategy to
shut down Abrams tank production for three years beginning in 2013, but wanted
to work with contractors to preserve the defense industrial base while a tank
plant in Lima, OH, was "mothballed."

May 20, 2011 | Inside the Army

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee included a
measure in their fiscal year 2012 defense authorization report that would
require the Army to provide Congress with a detailed account of multiple legacy
systems left over from the multibillion-dollar Future Combat Systems failure as
well as the phased-out Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team effort.

May 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon has blessed the Navy's plan to cancel the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, setting a $192 million cost-target for the shutdown, according to a recently signed acquisition decision memorandum.

The May 13 memo -- signed by Frank Kendall, the Defense Department’s No. 2 acquisition official -- approves the Navy’s April 15 EFV cancellation plan and directs the service to “take the appropriate actions to implement cancellation of the program.” Inside the Pentagon reviewed a copy of the memo marked “for official use only.”

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Army

Forces fighting in Afghanistan will soon receive the first order of Stryker Double-V Hull vehicles, which the Army rapidly developed to protect the soldiers against buried roadside bombs.

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Army

As Army leaders work to develop their vision for the future, grappling with constrained budgets, declining force structure and increasingly complex geopolitical terrain, they are beginning to discuss in public which of the service's missions, roles and required capabilities could be transformed.

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking to acquire data recorders, or "black boxes," to measure the impact of blast forces inside combat vehicles after they've triggered landmines or improvised explosive devices, according to a recent government solicitation.

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Army

As the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program office awaits an independent cost estimate from the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation agency, service officials confirmed that the milestone A decision for the vehicle has slipped again due to schedule conflicts, this time to mid-June.

May 06, 2011 | Inside the Army

A House Armed
Services subcommittee wants to limit funding for the Army's multibillion-dollar
Ground Combat Vehicle pending a second analysis of alternatives, according to
congressional documents released last week.

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