Archive: Army

Without War Supplemental, Pentagon Asks Congress To Reprogram Funds

By Emelie Rutherford As promised, the Pentagon asked lawmakers for permission on Tuesday to internally reprogram $9.66 billion to cover Army personnel and operational costs as it waits for Congress to pass a delayed war-supplemental funding bill. "This emergency action was necessary to extend Army and defense-wide operations in the absence of requested supplemental appropriations […]

FCS Capabilities: Expanding, Focusing, Soldier Power

By Ann Roosevelt FT. BLISS, Texas–Lifting the fog of war at the sharp end of the spear to make the soldier more effective is the goal of accelerating Future Combat Systems (FCS) technologies for the current force. The Army is pushing responsibility down as far down the ranks as possible, and the new FCS technologies […]

First Army THAAD Unit Activates

By Ann Roosevelt Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command yesterday became the first Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system battery at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Lockheed Martin [LMT] is the prime contractor for THAAD, which is managed by the Missile […]

Lockheed Martin Enhanced EQ-36 Radar Ready For LRIP

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it recently completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 counter-fire target acquisition (EQ-36) radar. The on-schedule completion of this final design step clears the way for the program to move into an initial production phase for five radar systems. The Army’s new EQ-36 radar will provide the […]

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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 […]