Author Archives: Dan Parsons

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Next Army Vehicles Will Be Defined By Open Architectures That Can Accept New Tech, Weapons

The Army’s next ground combat vehicle likely won’t sport laser weapons or have a cloaking device, but it will have a modular, open-architecture design and size, weight and power margins to accept those and other emerging technologies as they come online. Eight cross-functional teams (CFTs) are chasing down solutions to the Army’s six modernization problems, […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper (right), discusses unit readiness with Lt. Col. Christopher L’Heureux, the commander of the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during Allied Spirit VIII at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 30, 2018. The Secretary of the Army visited Allied Spirit VIII to observe the training exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Expecting Nearly $7 Billion More In 2018, Mostly For Modernization

When and if Congress passes a two-year bipartisan spending bill, the Army stands to receive a nearly $7 billion plus-up to its fiscal 2018 budget, most of which will be spent on modernization, according to service officials. The service’s cut of the $25 billion increase in defense spending proposed in the Bipartisan Budget Act is […]

Gen. David Perkins
Commander Army Training and Doctrine Command
Photo: TRADOC

Leadership Changes Imminent At Army Training And Doctrine Command

Leadership of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is set to change hands in early March as current chief Gen. David Perkins and his deputy both retire after more than 30 years in uniform each. Perkins will be relieved by Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who confirmed for promotion in December to four-star general. Perkins […]

Modular, Open Software Key To Fielding Army Ground Robots

Robotic and autonomous systems, deemed necessary for the Army to fight future wars, may be out of its price range unless the service can harness affordably upgradeable, open-architecture systems to keep the cost of acquisition and sustainment down, according to Paul Rogers, director of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). “Affordability will […]

Army Seeks Standard, Flexible, Open-Architecture Network Baseline To Allow Rapid Future Upgrades

Establishing a standard, open architecture for its battlefield network should allow the continuous introduction of emerging technologies and will inspire non-traditional, innovative businesses to pitch new operational capabilities to the Army, according to the general in charge of modernizing the service’s communications system. Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, who heads the Army’s network cross functional team […]

A Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2-equipped Stryker brings up the rear of this convoy during 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Decisive Action Rotation at the National Training Center, California, Jan. 15, 2016. (Photo Credit: Pfc. Lisa Orender)

Army Seeks Standard, Flexible, Open-Architecture Network Baseline To Allow Rapid Future Upgrades

Establishing a standard, open architecture for its battlefield network should allow the continuous introduction of emerging technologies and will inspire non-traditional, innovative businesses to pitch new operational capabilities to the Army, according to the general in charge of modernizing the service’s communications system. Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, who heads the Army’s network cross functional team […]

Defense Watch

SOCOM R&D. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities panel, says she is “somewhat disappointed” that U.S. Special Operations Command’s fiscal year 2019 budget request would cut SOCOM’s research and development funding for the second year in a row. But Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, SOCOM’s commander, […]

Northrop swarm

Northrop, DARPA Launching Open Architecture Drone Swarm

Northrop Grumman [NOC] is launching an open-architecture swarm of small drones and is inviting third-party participants to test small-unit tactics with the platform designed to rapidly develop technologies through “swarm sprints.” The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Northrop Grumman to participate in the first phase of the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program as […]

UH-72A Lakota.
Photo: Airbus.

Leonardo Drops Lakota Lawsuit, Clearing Way For Airbus Army Sale

Following a loss in court on a related case and a scathing rebuke from a competing aircraft manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to withdraw a lawsuit challenging the Army’s purchase of Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters in fiscal 2017. “In light of the Appellate Court ruling, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to discontinue any further legal action […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Army Could Curtail Some Overseas Missions To Patch Readiness Holes

To fulfill all of the Army’s global responsibilities, soldiers typically spend as much time deployed as they do at home between missions, inspiring service leaders to see which missions might be scrapped to give troops more down time and ultimately beef up readiness for when they do ship out. “We are deploying at a higher […]