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Army To Award First Cyber Training Environment Capability Contracts In May

The first capability contracts for the Army’s new cyber threat training environment are set to be awarded by the end of May with a delivery for training tools slated for July, according to an official from Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI). Army officials are readying the first capability drop for the […]

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Open Systems Helping Army Get ‘Quick Wins’ For Network Modernization Capabilities

The Army’s shift to a ‘secure, but unclassified’ approach and an embrace of open systems is allowing for greater access to commercial capabilities needed for its tactical network modernization effort. Officials from the Army’s Network Cross Function Team (CFT) on Wednesday told attendees at an industry event that a move away from stringent requirements to […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Lawmakers Want Army To Speed Armored Vehicle, Helicopter Upgrades

Recognizing the Army’s need to upgrade or replace its ground vehicles and aircraft for future combat, House lawmakers will ask for plans to accelerate both the modernization of its armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) and the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort to develop a next-generation helicopter. In its mark of the fiscal 2019 National Defense […]

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy (center, left) visits a firing range at Fort Belvoir on April 17 to witness soldiers firing the new XM-17 handgun and demonstrate other technologies. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army Officials Seek Multi-Purpose Tech To Fund For Fielding, Experimentation

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy continued his tour of the service’s research facilities to see in person development projects to help determine which technologies will be greenlit in the next fiscal year. McCarthy visited Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) along with three Cross-Functional Team (CFT) leaders to see how […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper attends an Army Full Honors Arrival Ceremony hosted by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 5, 2018. Esper was recently appointed as the 23rd Secretary of the Army. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anna Pol)

Thankful For Two-Year Cash Infusion, Army Officials Plead For Funding Beyond 2019

Army officials are thankful for the funding bump and short-term stability Congress has provided for the next two years, but no time is being wasted in asking lawmakers to continue increasing the service’s topline beyond 2019. On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said the past […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper gives opening remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 26, 2018. Hundreds of Soldiers, Army civilians, academia and industry partners attended the event.

Esper: Army Will Kill Old Programs To Fund Big Six Modernization Priorities

Senior Army leaders are now meeting monthly to review major acquisition programs and prioritize them, a new policy which likely will result in wholesale program cancellations so their funding can be redirected to the service’ six modernization priorities. Army Secretary Mark Esper said he, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and other senior leaders meet […]

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Army Missile, Truck Program Costs Jump $14 Billion While Network Drops $8 Billion

Three Army acquisition programs increased more than $1 billion each in 2017 while a canceled program drew attention for a dramatic decrease in program cost because it has been effectively canceled, according to the Selected Acquisition Report for the year. Because of increased purchase quantities, the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), Joint Light Tactical […]

U.S. Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams, center, Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command, leads a panel of discussion about the next generation combat vehicle during the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 26, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

A Common Denominator For Army Modernization Goals: Modular, Open-Architecture Systems

If the Army’s diverse set of modernization priorities share anything in common, it is that the scientists and engineers working to achieve those capabilities are taking a modular, open-systems approach so that future weapons can be upgraded and adapted at the speed of technological progress. The Army’s eight cross-functional teams (CFTs), are tasked to chase […]