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Combat Vehicles

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Senator appropriators remain concerned about the Ground Combat Vehicle program even after Army officials restructured the planned multibillion-dollar acquisition to focus on affordability and timely completion, according to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee's report on the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

September 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Twenty armored fighting vehicles outfitted with threat-detection and countermeasure systems are en route to Afghanistan to begin a yearlong operational evaluation, according to the project's program manager.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

The Army's new Ground Combat Vehicle acquisition strategy will mandate the use of mature technologies, require prototypes earlier than called for in the recently jettisoned GCV effort, and set affordability targets as low as $10 million per vehicle, a steep reduction from the estimated $20 million price tag of initial round of the GCV competition, according to sources familiar with the plan.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

Despite trimming $8 billion from the Obama administration's fiscal year 2011 defense spending request, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee plans on fully funding many of the Army's ground and aerial vehicle platforms and providing additional funding to some programs, according to statement issued today by the subcommittee.

The subcommittee met this morning to consider the administration's FY-11 request. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider the subcommittee's bill.

September 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Stryker Double-V Hull testing effort is officially under way, according to the Army's Stryker program office.

September 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

As the Army has hit speed bumps in its strategy for the multibillion-dollar Ground Combat Vehicle, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is moving full-speed ahead with an effort to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing to foster the open-source design of a prototype GCV, according to a DARPA announcement.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army leaders could soon take the unprecedented step of telling companies entering the race for the revamped Ground Combat Vehicle competition how much taxpayer money the new vehicles should cost, according to defense officials.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

As the Army regroups after suspending the Ground Combat Vehicle competition last week, some officials say the program's new way forward likely will shed the kind of reliance on high-risk technology development that sunk parts of the Future Combat Systems effort.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

Some defense analysts are welcoming the Army's recent decision to scrap its solicitation for the Ground Combat Vehicle and see it as a sign of level-headed planning, despite the disruption it caused many major industry players.

August 25, 2010 | Daily News

(Editor's note: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. to include new information from the Army.)

Based on the findings of a special "red team" report, the Army is canceling its Ground Combat Vehicle request for proposals process and intends to issue revised requirements that will allow industry teams to bid again some time in the future.

August 24, 2010 | Daily News

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway conceded this morning that the Marines might not be able to purchase their full requirement of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles.

The program has been troubled since its inception, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has publicly called into question the need for the robust amphibious capability that would be provided by the EFV.

At a press conference this morning, Conway, who has long been a strong advocate for the vehicle, said the Marines are examining the affordability of the program.

August 24, 2010 | Daily News

Congress has approved a Pentagon reprogramming request to transfer funds directly into the Stryker program's double-V hull protection effort, according to documents sent to the Defense Department comptroller's office last week.

In a prior approval reprogramming request sent to Congress in June, the Pentagon sought to shift $102 million in Stryker savings -- left over from reduced survivability kit requirements -- to test double-v-shaped hull variants being developed by General Dynamics in cooperation with the Army.

August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

With a make-or-break test scheduled for September, Army and Boeing officials said last week preliminary equipment demonstrations of the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team Increment 1 suite of equipment have showed marked performance improvements since last fall.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

Science Applications International Corporation confirmed last week that its bid for the Army's multibillion dollar Ground Combat Vehicle program includes a hybrid electric engine, after a source close to the bid provided details to Inside the Army regarding the company's GCV design.

August 12, 2010 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee has denied a Pentagon reprogramming request to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the procurement and modernization of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Abrams tank to "other priorities," Inside the Army has learned.

The panel denied a measure in the Pentagon's omnibus reprogramming request that would have shifted $200 million from Bradley procurement and $143 million from both Bradley and Abrams research and development, according to sources in Congress and the Army.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's new concept of operations for its proposed Ground Combat Vehicle asserts that the GCV would transform infantry combat because it would allow a full squad to deploy in the thick of a fight, as opposed to splitting squads up among Bradley Fighting Vehicles or putting them in Strykers and dropping them off further from the battlefield, according to documents obtained by Inside the Army.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems announced last week it was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to perform upgrades to the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, shortly after the House Armed Services Committee moved to deny the Pentagon's request to divert funding from the Bradley program to "higher-priority programs."

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has launched a review of the Marine Corps' force structure that should influence investment decisions as soon as next summer, and the Marines are already planning to slash almost a quarter of their ground vehicle fleet in the next few years, service officials said last week.
August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which faces scrutiny from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is fully funded in the fiscal year 2012 budget proposal the Navy submitted last month to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, but the program's fate remains tied to an ongoing study, according to naval and industry sources.