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Combat Vehicles

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.

May 06, 2011 | Inside the Army

A House
defense panel last week included funds in its version of the fiscal year 2012
defense authorization bill to keep the Abrams tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle
production lines open, despite the Army's intention to shut them down between
fiscal years 2013 and 2016 to save money.

May 06, 2011 | Daily News

A House panel proposed legislation this week that would block the Army from buying more than the 100 Stryker vehicles the service seeks to procure in fiscal year 2012 unless service leaders explain why they might need more.

The House Armed Services tactical aircraft and land forces subcommittee, in its version of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 authorization bill, includes a provision that sources say is not designed to punish the Stryker program but to put the Army on a shorter leash as it obligates funds provided by Congress for the General Dynamics-built combat vehicle.

May 03, 2011 | Daily News

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee, in its mark of the fiscal year 2010 defense bill, lambasts the Navy Department for terminating the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program with what lawmakers call an inadequate degree of transparency.

The panel wants to ban the military from spending money on Assault Amphibious Vehicle upgrades or development of the EFV's replacement, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, until the Marines more thoroughly justify the cancellation, according to documents released today.

May 03, 2011 | Daily News

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 documents released today.

April 29, 2011 | Inside the Army

While the
Army -- in the face of opposition from powerful lawmakers and the defense
industry -- remains steadfast in its intention to shut down Abrams tank
production between fiscal years 2013 and 2016, the results of an independent
cost study could impact the service's decision, according to a programming
official.

April 29, 2011 | Inside the Army

As the Ground
Combat Vehicle becomes the Army's model program for Pentagon acquisition chief
Ashton Carter's new "should-cost" policy, the program manager for GCV says he
is prepared for the additional scrutiny because his office had a head-start in
implementing the approach.

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

Australia is
considering the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle as a candidate for equipping
mechanized infantry and cavalry forces beginning in 2020, according to Lt. Col.
Mitchell Kent, the assistant military attaché at the Australian Embassy in
Washington.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marines have set their initial requirement for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle at the same number as their final requirement for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle before that program was axed, according to numbers recently released from the service's developing Ground Combat Tactical Vehicle Strategy.
April 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
planned three-year shutdown of Abrams tank production and the resulting impact
on the defense industrial base continues to agitate lawmakers on key defense
committees and has drawn the attention of the speaker of the House, who intends
to ask the Army secretary to review the decision, according to government
officials.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's Tank Automotive Research and Engineering Center held a government-only workshop last week to work on closing existing gaps in vehicle blast testing, a key piece in the never-ending fight against improvised explosive devices, according to David Gorsich, TARDEC's chief scientist.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

As expected,
the Army's planned Ground Combat Vehicle came out ahead of several other
options in a service analysis on the next-generation infantry fighting
platform, beating out concepts for an upgraded Bradley Fighting Vehicle and a
modernized Stryker.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is willing to accept higher costs of non-recurring engineering and a less-than-perfect balance in favor of an "iron triangle" involving the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, Marine Personnel Carrier and Assault Amphibious Vehicle life extension, which could result in a speedy development, according to an industry day briefing.
April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

Appearing
before a Senate Armed Services panel last week, Army leaders were asked yet
again to justify their need for a multibillion-dollar Ground Combat Vehicle.

April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

While
concerned about the future of the defense industrial base, the Army is prepared
to allow the Abrams tank production line to shut down between 2013 and 2016
because keeping it open would not make good fiscal sense, according to the
service's chief programmer.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army was expected to release a material development
decision on the continued modernization of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle at the
end of March or in early April, but a BAE executive told Inside the Army
last month that the MDD has now slipped until late April or early May.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

An influential House appropriator told top Army leaders last week that he wanted them to reconsider their seven-year time line for the Ground Combat Vehicle in favor of a five-year strategy.

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