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Phoenix Negotiates Breathtaking Entry And Descent, Lands Safely On Mars In Frigid Northern Realm Spacecraft Has Just Months To Examine Water Ice, Key To Human Habitation On Mars; Search For Possible Life On Mars To Involve Shovels, Laboratories It worked. The Phoenix spacecraft, streaking at 12,500 miles an hour, blazed brightly through the orange sky […]

Senate Passes $165.4 Billion In War Supplemental Spending, Sends Back To House

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate passed a veto-proof supplemental defense spending bill yesterday with $165.4 billion in war funding for systems including C-17 airlifters, C-130 transport aircraft and mine-resistant vehicles, but no funds to continue the F-22 jets’ production in the future. The Senate broke the supplemental bill–for fiscal year 2008 and bridge funding for […]

Army Leadership Discussing FCS Future, Officials Says

By Ann Roosevelt FT. BLISS, Texas–In close-hold meetings, the Army is rigorously examining options for its major multi-billion modernization program, the Future Combat Systems (FCS), an official said. "Senior Army leaders are considering what to do about cuts and how to accelerate FCS," Col. Gregory Martin, chief of the Director’s Initiatives Group in G-8, said […]

New Philippine Army Chief Vows A Professional, Capable, Responsive Army

Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado became the 50th commanding general of the Philippine army May 14, vowing the vision of a professional, capable and responsive army for peace and development and an end to decades of communist insurgency. In his change of command ceremony speech in Manila, Ibrado said, "To further bolster our standard of professionalism, […]

Textron Systems Boeing SAIC Offer Parallel Hybrid JLTV

By Ann Roosevelt The Textron [TXT] Systems, Boeing [BA], SAIC [SAI] team considers its proposed parallel hybrid electric drive, center drive and innovative suspension will be key discriminators in the potential $40 billion competition for the Army-Marine corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The JLTV is a family of vehicles with trailers to replace Army […]

Gates, Mullen Warn Congress Against Skipping Over FY ’09 Defense Approps Bill

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon leaders warned Senate appropriators yesterday that multiple defense initiatives– including buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–would be jeopardized if Congress skips over passing a base defense appropriations budget for next fiscal year, as has been rumored on Capitol Hill. At the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee’s (SAC-D) budget hearing members also relayed concerns […]

U.S.-U.K. Exercise A Precursor For Persistent, Expanded Joint Training

By Ann Roosevelt In the recently concluded exercise Druid’s Dance, U.S. and U.K. troops could train together over a live virtual training network, though separated by thousands of miles. "The goal with this is we want to deliver a persistent capability," Steve Kostoff, U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) communications exercise planner, told Defense Daily. "We’re […]

Lockheed Martin Delivers 5,000th Guided MLRS Rocket

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT] last week held ceremonies marking the delivery of the 5,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket at company manufacturing facilities in Camden Ark. "The success of this system speaks for the quality work that our team is doing every day," Col. David Rice, Army project manager for Precision […]

Future Wargame Affects Future Plans

By Ann Roosevelt CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa.–Results of the Unified Quest 2008 wargame will be closely read by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Commander Adm. Eric Olson, and U.S. Joint Forces Command JFCOM leader Marine Gen. James Mattis, who will examine game outcomes and match them to their thinking […]

ATK, Army, Prepare For PGK CDR This Summer

ATK [ATK] last week that with the Army it conducted a successful series of flight tests of its the company’s 155mm Howitzer Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The successful tests are milestones in the rapid System Design and Development phase of the program, leading to a Critical Design Review (CDR) this […]