Author Archives: Dan Parsons

CH-47F Chinook and AH-64E Apache. Photo courtesy Boeing.

Senate Appropriators Boost Army Vehicle, Aircraft Funding By Billions

Army aircraft and combat vehicle procurement stand to receive billions in additional funding under a funding bill proposed by Senate appropriators on Nov. 21.   The Senate Appropriations Committee added more than $1 billion to the Army’s fiscal 2018 request of $3.4 billion for combat vehicle procurement and modernization. A majority share of that increase […]

An M551A1 Sheridan light tank during Operation Desert Shield.

Army Releases RFP For New Infantry Light Tank, Plans To Buy 500 Vehicles

The Army has released a request for proposals (RFP) for Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), laying out for industry plans to purchase up to 504 light tanks to accompany infantry brigades into combat. MPF should provide Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) with “protected, long range, cyber resilient, precision, direct fire capability for early/forcible entry operations,” according […]

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.

After Swearing In, Army Secretary Prioritizes Near-Term Readiness

Former Raytheon [RTN] lobbyist and West Point graduate Mark T. Esper was sworn in Nov. 21 as Secretary of the Army, adopting near-term readiness as his top priority as the service’s 23rd senior civilian leader. Esper is the final confirmed service secretary to take office under the Trump administration. Acting secretaries have held the position […]

Troopers from the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, observe from a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during the readiness demonstration, Presidenski Range, Trzebian, Poland, Sep. 25. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)

Bradley Missile Shield Testing Pushed To January

Testing of the anti-guided missile shield the Army has chosen for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle has been pushed into January because of difficulty marrying the Iron Fist active protection system to the platform. The Army’s ground combat systems program office (PEO GCS) has spent months installing the Iron Fist APS on a hybrid A3/4 version […]

Saab, Raytheon Team To Improve Army Shoulder-Fired Weapons

In addition to an urgent-need procurement of more than 1,000 recoilless rifles, the Army has tasked industry with developing new ammunition for the weapons. The Army’s project manager for crew served weapons is overseeing the purchase of 1,111 M3E1 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles made by Swedish firm Saab. The $40 million procurement is being made under an […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Leaders Welcome Hill Support For Modernization Plans, Despite Heightened Oversight

Much of the Army’s modernization wish list is funded under the final defense authorization bill passed Nov. 15, but the service can’t spend the money until it convinces Congress the programs are on track. Senior service officials see the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as a tacit approval of the Army’s near-term modernization strategy, especially […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Seeks Near-Term Fixes, Years-Long Pivot To Modernize Networks

During a multiyear restructuring of the Army’s future battlefield communications network, the service will drop components that do not work, fix those that can be repaired or reconfigured and then “pivot” to a new system that can withstand the rigors of future battlefields. The service has adopted a three-pronged strategy to address concerns that several […]

Mark Esper

Senate OKs Esper As Senior Army Civilian

Former Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper was confirmed Nov. 15 as Army secretary, in an 89-6 vote by the Senate. Esper, is the Trump administration’s third pick to become the Army’s senior civilian and the final service secretary to be confirmed. Former congresswoman, Air Force officer and National Security Council staff member Heather Wilson was […]

2018 NDAA: Congress Would Withhold Half Of WIN-T Funding Until Army Can Justify Expense

Congress is proposing to withhold half the funding authorized for procurement and fielding of the Army’s battlefield communications network until delivery of a detailed report on the beleaguered multi-billion-dollar program. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) has suffered hard knocks from congressional defense committees in recent hearings, most notably from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chair […]

WIN-T Increment 2 SNE on Combat Vehicle.
Photo: U.S. Army

2018 NDAA: Congress Would Withhold Half Of WIN-T Funding Until Army Can Justify Expense

Congress is proposing to withhold half the funding authorized for procurement and fielding of the Army’s battlefield communications network until delivery of a detailed report on the beleaguered multi-billion-dollar program. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) has suffered hard knocks from congressional defense committees in recent hearings, most notably from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chair […]