Archive: Army

Col. Don Hurst, Project Manager PMO DoD Biometrics. Photo: U.S. Army

Army Readying Competition To Maintain And Upgrade Biometric Database

TAMPA, Fla.—The Defense Department this year is expected to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contract to maintain and upgrade its existing biometric database, bringing the technology up to date and extending its service life until a new system is developed and deployed. The current Defense Department Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is […]

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Former Chief Army Weapon Buyer Bets Big On Robots As Future Of Ground Combat

Robots will have a big role in the future of ground combat, but that won’t be possible until the systems are widely adopted by infantry forces to perform missions other than bomb disposal, according to the Army’s former chief weapon buyer and the CEO of the robotics company she recently joined. “I think the utilization […]

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 […]

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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 […]