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Combat Vehicles

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

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.”

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pursuing a new light ground vehicle as it eyes gaps in its ground mobility capabilities, according to a top service official.

“We’re looking to find a light vehicle -- a new version of it that can be transported by a Chinook and that can do our long-range infiltration requirements,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, deputy commander of USASOC, at a Feb. 15 Association of the U.S. Army event.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The New Amphibious Vehicle that Marine Corps generals have called for acquiring in fewer than eight years is not slated to reach initial operational capability until 2024, a senior Marine Corps budget official said today.

The Defense Department is launching the new initiative to replace the multibillion-dollar Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which the department considers unaffordable and plans to terminate. The department is in discussions with prime contractor General Dynamics about EFV termination.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Army today asked Congress for a fiscal year 2012 base budget of $145 billion, plus $71 billion for war costs, seeking a significant plus-up for aviation programs and requesting $884 million to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

Giving a green light to a large and potentially lucrative
modernization effort, the secretary of the Army has told Capitol Hill lawmakers
that the service plans to begin upgrading its Stryker vehicle this fiscal year
and has scheduled a major development decision for April, according to
government documents.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The chief of the Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command
spoke last week about the importance of making technological advancements to
vehicle platforms in the face of constraining budgets, laying out a basic wish
list for the command and the service.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.