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Senate Committee Questions Army Secretary Hopeful’s Ties To Raytheon

The only friction Mark Esper encountered with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of the Army was concern his previous affiliation with Raytheon [RTN] would further stack the Pentagon with defense industry executives. Esper, head of Raytheon’s government relations and a West Point graduate, was tapped on […]

Army Gen. Gus Perna, commander of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks at the Warrant Officer Education Summit on  July 14, 2017, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

Army Logistics Chief: Data Rights Key To Affordable Sustainment Of Combat Systems

Purchasing intellectual property from industry is expensive up front, but will ultimately reduce the cost of sustaining combat systems in the long run, according to the service’s chief logistician. Gen. Gustave Perna, chief of Army Materiel Command (AMC), has directed lawyers and contracting officers under his command to purchase IP rights and technical data packages […]

The Army's AH-64D model Apache. Photo: Boeing.

Army Awards L3 Contract For Improved Apache Manned-Unmanned Teaming Hardware

The Army is moving ahead with an effort to team unmanned aircraft with the AH-64 Apache gunship, awarding $97 million in contracts to L3 Technologies [LLL] for improved communication and control systems. L3 received the contracts as part of the Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The Army is teaming Apaches […]

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford Photo: U.S. Army.

Army To Halt Programs On Network That Hinder Ability To ‘Fight Tonight’

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Army is preparing to remedy the most pressing shortfalls with its network after a year-long assessment concluded it was inadequately meeting requirements for mission operations and command-post needs, according to the service’s chief information officer. Halting programs that hinder the ability to “fight tonight” is first on the list of steps […]


Open Systems Believed Essential As Army Upgrades Precision Navigation Capability

The modern Army relies heavily on equipment that can precisely locate and track all of its tanks, trucks and troops, but upgrading hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers across its fleets is a daunting and costly task. Equipping the entire Army with hardened, assured precision navigation and timing (PNT) equipment is therefore an effort where […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract For Patriot Radar Replacement Prototype

A Defense Department group awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for the technology maturation of a Patriot Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototype, the company said Thursday. The DoD’s Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) is commissioned by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L), and is a department initiative […]

An Apache helicopter is armed with Hellfire missiles. (Army photo)

Army Might Boost Hellfire Production By Thousands Of Missiles

To meet warfighters’ growing demand for the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the U.S. Army says it might increase production of the air-to-ground weapon by several thousand missiles a year. The Army asked prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] “earlier this year” to submit a proposal to boost production to up to 11,000 missiles a year starting in […]

Jim Keffer, Director of Cyber at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs, introduces the  General Officers Panel at Defense Daily's 2017 Open Architecture Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster. Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition. “There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t […]

Lockheed Martin’s Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion solution blends data from multiple sensors to restore the pilot’s situational awareness in degraded visual environments. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Developing Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion Testbed For Army

The Army is moving forward with its development of a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF), tasking Lockheed Martin [LMT] with a $12 million contract to develop a testbed of the technology for its rotary-wing aircraft. Under the deal, announced Oct. 12 and awarded as part of the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), Lockheed […]


Funding, Engineering Challenges Delay Missile-Shields For Bradley And Stryker

Installation and characterization of active protection systems (APS) on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Stryker wheeled combat vehicle are lagging behind the effort to equip the Abrams tank with guided-missile shields. The delay is a result both of lack of funding and engineering challenges with integrating APS onto the smaller vehicles that were not an […]