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Combat Vehicles

December 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a famous opponent of congressional
earmarking, last week introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 defense
authorization bill that would have struck $876 million in unrequested funds,
the largest single item being $240 million to upgrade nearly 50 Abrams tanks,
but never pushed for a vote on the measure, according to a staffer.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Stryker Brigade Combat Team program manager told industry executives last week
that they should expect solicitations in the coming months asking for upgrades
to the vehicle's engine, suspension, power supply and network capabilities.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

Despite the
wishes of the Army and the White House, a revised version of the Senate's
defense authorization bill decreases the amount of a planned plus-up in Abrams
tank funding, bringing the new number more in line with what has been proposed
by Senate appropriators.

November 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Contract Management Agency has formally blessed General Dynamics Amphibious Systems' management system, a major improvement following a poor review three years ago.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
being challenged again by the Office of the Secretary of Defense over its
Ground Combat Vehicle program as Pentagon leaders grapple with a new
national-defense strategy that accounts for shrinking budgets and the scheduled
disengagement from two ground conflicts, according to sources.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is not a suitable alternative to a new-start Ground Combat Vehicle because it is the "second-most attrited" vehicle in the service, a senior Army leader said last month, raising questions about the BFV, the need for a GCV and possible strategies for replacing the M113 personnel carrier.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

its effort to justify heavy combat capabilities amid plans for an upcoming era
of fiscal austerity, the Army commissioned the Rand Corporation's Arroyo Center
to produce a study which has found that the continued use of heavy armored
forces will be warranted in 21st century combat.

November 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army officials are slated to meet within weeks to consider a study plan for an analysis of alternatives to the service's next-generation troop carrier, the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, according to the service.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

While the
Army wants to field a Ground Combat Vehicle within seven years at a per-unit
cost of $11 million to $13 million, Defense Department estimates show that the
cost could be more than 30 percent higher, with delivery of the first
production vehicle taking up to a decade, according to the Government
Accountability Office.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
continue to bemoan what they believe is an imminent, but fiscally necessary,
break in the tank manufacturing industrial base even though the service is
likely to be granted hundreds of millions of dollars to begin upgrading dozens
of Abrams tanks in fiscal year 2012 -- and doesn't appear to be fighting too
hard to keep the money out, according to officials and sources.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief Of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week in
no uncertain terms that the service still requires full-scale modernization efforts
like the embattled Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and Ground Combat Vehicle, and
asserted that losing them to cost cuts would ultimately endanger soldiers.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
PANAMA CITY, FL -- The Marine Corps hopes to wrap up an analysis of alternatives on the replacement for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle next summer after working on it for a year, according to a Marine official, despite Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos' stated hope to finish it sooner.
October 14, 2011 | Inside the Army

In an effort
to protect funding for the fledgling Ground Combat Vehicle program, the Army's
top combat vehicle managers have elected to proceed with more incremental and
less ambitious approaches to modernizing the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the
Abrams tank and the Stryker, service officials said last week.

October 14, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army no
longer requires $45 million in reprogrammed funding to finance "Combat Vehicle
Prototype Sensitivities Studies," because the Pentagon has now mandated the
Army do it as part of its Ground Combat Vehicle program, according to Army
acquisition officials.

October 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army expects soon to have the results of a business-case
analysis that will determine the way ahead for the production of the Paladin
Integrated Management program, according to a service spokesman.

October 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems, both vying for
contracts to replace the Army's existing fleet of M113 personnel carriers, will
be displaying their solutions this week at the annual Association of the United
States Army conference in Washington.

October 07, 2011 | Daily News

In one of his first acts as deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter has established a new senior-level governance body -- the Deputy's Management Action Group -- to guide decisions on critically important issues like the Pentagon's five-year investment plan, force structure, global posture and key capabilities such as space and nuclear deterrence.

September 30, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army will
continue its efforts to fix deficiencies in its Stryker Mobile Gun System and
plans to integrate the vehicle's new double-V hull design onto 193 planned MGS
vehicles during a full-scale modernization effort, according to government

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.