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Combat Vehicles

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps may not require the Amphibious Combat Vehicle rise up on a plane while traveling over water, an official told Congress last week.
March 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program office is continuing testing on aspects of the canceled vehicle, such as human habitability, that would likely feed into the follow-on Amphibious Combat Vehicle, an office spokesman said last week.
March 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
inadequate models to assess how future weapon systems would perform during
irregular conflicts and stability operations, a "weakness" that casts doubt on
the service's justification for new platforms, according to a group of outside
experts chartered by the Army to review acquisition practices.

March 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army vice
chief of staff said last week that a Configuration Steering Board met March 2
and recommended that the service continue purchasing Stryker Double-V Hulls
from General Dynamics, but he noted that a decision has not yet been made.

March 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
were questioned on Capitol Hill last week by lawmakers who are concerned with
scheduled production shutdowns for some of the service's major combat vehicle
systems, which could have lasting ramifications for the defense industrial
base.

March 07, 2011 | Daily News

The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program office is continuing testing on aspects of the canceled vehicle -- such as human habitability -- that would likely feed into the follow-on Amphibious Combat Vehicle, according to an office spokesman.

Manny Pacheco, Marine Corps spokesman for the canceled program, said people who focused on EFV are heavily involved in the development of requirements for ACV.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's top leaders last week were questioned on Capitol
Hill by skeptical lawmakers who wanted more information on the need for the
service's multibillion-dollar Ground Combat Vehicle program in light of a
recent speech made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in which he called into
question the size of the Army's heavy force.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Following release of the Army's strategy for tactical wheeled
vehicles, the service has begun crafting similar guidance documents for the
aviation and combat vehicle portfolios, officials said.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

A trans-Atlantic partnership between Science Applications
International Corp., Boeing and two German companies -- Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
and Rheinmetall Defence -- last week discussed the proposal they offered the
Army for its new Ground Combat Vehicle, emphasizing technological maturity and
soldier comfort.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has yet to settle on the total number of Ground Combat Vehicles it wants to buy as officials continue to tweak cost estimates and funding schedules affected by a self-imposed program pause last year.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Abrams tank line's first-ever break in production, set to occur in 2013, worries General Dynamics Land Systems officials who say the stoppage could result in significant losses to the defense industrial base.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- After months of avoiding comment on the subject, General Dynamics opened up last week about its bid for the Army's $20 billion Ground Combat Vehicle program, touting the potential commonality its proposed platform would have with future versions of the Abrams tank.

February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter's call for the Navy to conduct an "orderly and smooth" termination of the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program permits more testing of the vehicle provided Congress appropriates funding.

February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program deemed unaffordable this year by the Marine Corps and Defense Secretary Robert Gates made major strides in tackling its management problems over the last three years, according to previously unreported findings from the Defense Contract Management Agency.

February 19, 2011 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter has directed the Navy to conduct an "orderly and smooth" termination of the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, beginning with the preparation of a detailed plan within 60 days.

February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marines last week released requests for information for the family of systems it plans to field in place of the recently canceled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, including the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, Marine Personnel Carrier and Assault Amphibious Vehicle upgrades.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

General
Dynamics Land Systems emerged last week as a challenger to BAE Systems for the
chance to develop a new family of armored vehicles that would replace the
Army's outdated M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.

February 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
fiscal year 2012 budget request reveals the service's plans to modernize the
Abrams tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle pending key acquisition decisions
scheduled for the middle of this fiscal year.

February 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senior Marine
Corps officials were at odds this week over how long it will take to field a
replacement for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.

February 16, 2011 | Daily News

The replacement for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle will likely be fielded in four to seven years, Marine Corps officials said today, despite reports and documents that peg the initial operational capability at 2024.

Inside the Pentagon reported earlier this week that at a press briefing on the presidential budget request for fiscal year 2012, Caral Spangler, the Marine Corps' assistant deputy commandant for programs and resources and the service's fiscal director, said, “I think we're anticipating an IOC of 2024.”

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