Archive: Army

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 […]

Pentagon Begins Review of Service Roles And Missions

By Geoff Fein Defense officials are beginning a review of the roles and missions of the armed forces that will explore how the services handle unmanned aerial systems (UAS), intra-theater lift, cyber and irregular warfare, according to a senior defense official. This is the first quadrennial review of the roles and missions of the armed […]

House Authorizers Want More Ships, Irregular Warfare Executive Agent

By Emelie Rutherford Three House panels yesterday recommended changes to the White House’s proposed defense budget including tacking on up to four additional Navy ships, calling for irregular- warfare organizational changes in the Pentagon and adding nearly $1 billion for equipment readiness. The fiscal year 2009 ship changes recommended by the House Armed Services (HASC) […]

GWOT Supplemental Includes Funds For Super Hornets

By Emelie Rutherford The dual-year war-supplemental bill House and Senate lawmakers are expected to address next week includes at least $42 billion for buying systems including F/A-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft and an array of tactical vehicles. Aides said the version of the bill the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up next week […]

Wargame Introduces Campaign Design To A Broad Audience

By Ann Roosevelt CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa.–Regional operational panels at Unified Quest 2008 are using a new way to solve complex problems as part of the game’s effort to investigate innovative operational approaches. Under this new method, commanders create shared understanding of a complex problem, then design broad approaches to resolve problems that link tactical action […]