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January 12, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to note that a Marine Corps spokesman said about $2.37 billion will be shifted from the EFV program to new Marine Corps vehicle initiatives.)

The Marine Corps intends to develop an Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle replacement that costs no more than $12 million per copy, Lt. Gen. George Flynn, the head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told reporters today.

January 11, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps will release three distinct requests for information to develop interim and long-term solutions to its vehicle needs following the Pentagon's decision to kill the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program.

Industry sources said the service will make a major investment to extend the lives of existing amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), while also accelerating the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program and launching a New Amphibious Vehicle (NAV) program based on revised requirements to replace the existing vehicles.

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Members of the House Armed Services seapower and expeditionary forces subcommittee are "standing firm" in their opposition to Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision to cancel the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
January 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army considered nine systems to compete with a conceptual Ground Combat Vehicle in an analysis of alternatives now being studied by the Defense Department, according to government documents.

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army will use some of the $29 billion in savings it has identified over the next five years to upgrade an array of combat vehicles including the Stryker, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the Abrams tank, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who announced the measure in a Jan. 6 press conference.

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

Defense analysts at the Lexington Institute have been tough on the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle lately -- one official even went as far as to call the vehicle program "doomed" -- but the service hasn't been shy about defending its strategy. This back-and-forth has been playing out online as industry prepares to respond to the GCV technology-development phase request for proposals on Jan. 21.

January 07, 2011 | Daily News

Ohio lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama late yesterday decrying the Defense Department's decision to cancel the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, arguing the move would devastate the local economy and deprive the Marines of a much-needed amphibious assault asset.

December 20, 2010 | Daily News

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli made a special appearance at a pre-proposal conference for the Ground Combat Vehicle held in Dearborn, MI, on Dec. 18, according to a statement from the service.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army
is poised to make several major vehicle modernization decisions next year that
are likely to create tsunamis of activity in the ground combat systems program
executive office.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli is scheduled to speak at a rescheduled
Ground Combat Vehicle pre-proposal conference on Dec. 18 to emphasize to
industry the importance of the program for the Army, according to a spokesman.

December 10, 2010 | Daily News

The office of the Pentagon's top weapons tester has concluded that only one element of the Army's Boeing-built Early-Infantry Brigade Combat Team Increment 1 is "operationally suitable," dealing the key service modernization effort a blow on the eve of a major review by top Defense Department acquisition officials on whether to proceed with fielding the new capabilities.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The future of the Marine Corps' multibillion-dollar Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program is in serious doubt, according to service and industry officials tracking the program.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

While mostly
optimistic about the new direction announced in the Army's revised Ground
Combat Vehicle request for proposals last week, experts and industry officials
voiced concerns about the program's new contract configuration, its seven-year
time line and constricting government budgets -- with one analyst going so far
as to call the effort "doomed."

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

A
Raytheon-Lockheed Martin joint venture team has mounted a Javelin missile on a
Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle and conducted three successful test firings
of the new configuration, according to an industry official.

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

After months of reviews and revisions, the Army today re-released its solicitation for the technology-development phase of the Ground Combat Vehicle program, emphasizing affordability targets and "trade space" that will allow industry increased design freedom.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

Officials
from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems say a Stryker and a Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected All-Terrain vehicle, both featuring Trophy Active Protection Systems,
are being tested by the Defense Department.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

In a move
that could have broad implications for the future of Stryker modernization, the
Army recently waived a requirement that the in-production double-V hull variant
of the vehicle must be transportable by a C-130 aircraft, service and industry
sources told Inside the Army last week.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

Industry
officials continue to wait for the Army to release modernization plans for
several key programs, including the strategy to upgrade the venerable M1 Abrams
tank.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army officials have quietly begun to pave the way for a new brigade combat team design that would boost the number of maneuver forces available to commanders, an idea vehemently rejected by the service just five years ago under the mantra of modularity, according to service officials and a previously unreported memo issued by Training and Doctrine Command over the summer.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army efforts to modernize the Bradley Fighting Vehicle are picking up steam, according to new government notices.

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