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Combat Vehicles

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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