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Lance Cpl. Kesley Farmer, rifleman, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, utilizes a Biometric Enrollment and Screening Device during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 15, 2014. The company operated in Larr Village for two days to establish a presence and to disrupt enemy fighters. Throughout the mission the infantrymen conducted several patrols within the village and discovered hazardous materials which could be used to create improvised explosive devices. Photo: CPL Joseph Scanlan

At Least 8,400 U.S. Troops Will Stay In Afghanistan Into 2017

At least 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of the Obama administration, which will nearly coincide with the conflict’s 15th anniversary. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that instead of drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by the end of 2016, around 3,000 more troops will remain in theater to […]

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

Excessive Helicopter Weight Challenges Army Aviation

ATLANTA–The increasing weight of Army helicopters has become such a problem a key officer believes it is limiting, as opposed to providing, options to a commander.    U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker Commanding General Maj. Gen. William Gayler said Friday the service aircraft have been gaining weight “for all the right […]

Artist's rendering of a potential Boeing-Sikorsky future vertical lift platform. Photo: Sikorsky.

Army Still Deciding On Which FVL Capability Set To First Pursue

ATLANTA–The Army has yet to decide which Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability set it will pursue first, but the service could get closer to that decision in the fall. Richard Kretzschmar, project manager for the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and FVL, told reporters here Saturday the service’s plan is to bring the plan […]

Lockheed Martin is developing the avionics panel that will be installed in the V-280. Photo: Defense Daily.

Bell Helicopter Mates V-280 Wing To Fuselage

ATLANTA–Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] achieved a major milestone in its V-280 tilt rotor aircraft development on April 21 when it mated the wing to the fuselage. Bell Director of Advanced Tilt Rotor Systems Steve Mathias told Defense Daily Saturday the production milestone means the company is about 50 percent through the process of building the […]

Assault Amphibious Vehicle
Photo: BAE Systems

Marine Corps Vehicle Programs On Track, Though Protest Delayed JLTV Intro By A Year

The Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) have both emerged from protests relatively unscathed, though the Humvee replacement will enter service about a year late because of “cascading effects,” Navy and Marine officials told lawmakers April 13. “Our ground vehicle modernization strategy is to sequentially modernize priority capabilities, reduce […]

Stryker. Photo: U.S. Army

Army Would See Modest Increase In Vehicle, Aviation Upgrades Under NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act, as agreed upon by both House and Senate armed service committees, would increase the Army’s combat vehicle procurement account by $400 million over the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. The biggest winner was the Stryker wheeled combat vehicles, which got a $314 million boost in funding for lethality upgrades […]

M1151A1 Upamored Expanded Capacity Humvee
Photo: AM General

Army Awards AM General $373 Million For Humvees

The Army on Monday awarded AM General a $373 million contract to provide 2,082 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) to foreign military sale (FMS) partner nations, according to a Defense Department statement. The deal is a firm-fixed-price, multi-year arrangement with options. The contract also includes contractor-unique spare parts. Bids were solicited via the internet […]

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addresses the U.S. Cyber Command workforce at Fort Meade, Md. on March 13.
Photo: U.S. Department of Defense.

Carter Shuffles Army, Pentagon Senior Civilian Officials

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Monday announced the shuffling of several senior civilian Pentagon officials ahead of Army Secretary John McHugh leaving office before November.  Eric Fanning, who has served as Carter’s chief of staff since taking office in February, has been named undersecretary of the Army. The position has been vacant since Brad […]

A soldier carries a M4 Carbine rifle. Photo: Army.

Sanchez Wants Replacement For Army’s M4 and M4A1 Rifles

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said Thursday she wants a replacement for the Army and Marine Corps’ M4 and M4A1 standard-issue rifles. “I will continue down this warpath of trying to get the individual soldier and marine a better weapon, especially with some of the studies that I’ve seen,” Sanchez said during a House Armed Services […]