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Landmark Ruling Gives Palantir Second Shot At Providing Army’s Data Management System

The Army on Monday lost a months-long court battle with Palantir, giving the data-mining company another shot at the program to build the service’s battlefield data management system. The ruling also codifies a requirement for the Pentagon to weigh commercially available technologies before it attempts to reinvent the wheel, according to attorneys who tried the […]


Army Aims To Reduce Reliance On Field Service Reps

The Army is looking to reduce its reliance on contractor-provided sustainment so it can shrink its logistic tail and deploy more quickly to trouble spots, two service officials said Oct. 3. Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, said soldiers should be able to set up and maintain their own […]

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 […]