Author Archives: Dan Parsons

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Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM-ER For First Time In Syria Strikes

Of the 105 weapons fired by U.S., British and French forces against Syria on April 14, 19 were a new version of the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles that had never previously been fired in combat. The extended-range JASSM, or JASSM-ER, missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. The air-launched […]

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy views a Stryker vehicle at Fort Belvoir, Va., on April 17. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army Teams To Visit 15 Cities Hoping To Host Futures Command Headquarters

Army reconnaissance teams are preparing to visit 15 cities that could host the new Futures Command headquarters with as many as 500 personnel. The Army started with a list of about 30 potential locations and on April 17 notified Congress of 15 that had made the cut. On the list are Atlanta; Austin, Boston, Chicago, […]

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy (center, left) visits a firing range at Fort Belvoir on April 17 to witness soldiers firing the new XM-17 handgun and demonstrate other technologies. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army Officials Seek Multi-Purpose Tech To Fund For Fielding, Experimentation

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy continued his tour of the service’s research facilities to see in person development projects to help determine which technologies will be greenlit in the next fiscal year. McCarthy visited Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) along with three Cross-Functional Team (CFT) leaders to see how […]

U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018) - U.S. Air Force maintenance Airmen and aircrews conduct final checks on a B-1 Bomber before launching to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)

Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM-ER For First Time In Syria Strikes

Of the 105 weapons fired by U.S., British and French forces against Syria on April 14, 19 were a new version of the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles that had never previously been fired in combat. The extended-range JASSM, or JASSM-ER, missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper attends an Army Full Honors Arrival Ceremony hosted by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 5, 2018. Esper was recently appointed as the 23rd Secretary of the Army. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anna Pol)

Thankful For Two-Year Cash Infusion, Army Officials Plead For Funding Beyond 2019

Army officials are thankful for the funding bump and short-term stability Congress has provided for the next two years, but no time is being wasted in asking lawmakers to continue increasing the service’s topline beyond 2019. On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said the past […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Chief: Program Structure Should Change As Jet Enters Production, Operation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Impending changes to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter management structure are a natural result of the program moving from development to production and the jets becoming operational both in the United States and around the world, according to Joint Program Office Chief Vice Adm. Mat Winter. “As we look forward, every […]

Marines Seeking Foreign Buyers To Extend H-1 Production Line Out To 2030s

Having nearly fielded its planned fleet of upgraded attack and utility helicopters, the Marine Corps is seeking foreign buyers to keep the Bell [TXT] H-1 production line open past 2022. Production of the UH-1Y Huey ends in the current fiscal year while its cousin, the AH-1Z Cobra closes in fiscal 2022, according to Marine Col. David Walsh, […]

Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]