Archive: Army

IEDs Are Strategic Weapons, General Says

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–The deadly IED is not a conventional weapon in the hands of U.S. adversaries, it’s a strategic weapon, according to the top general working to defeat them. "The IED is a strategic weapon and it’s got to be dealt with as a strategic weapon," said Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, […]

Launching Ideas Is Vital For The Nation, Stavridis Says

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–In the battleground of ideas in the world today, it’s vital to launch new ideas to ensure the nation is as strong in the 21st century as it was at its founding, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said. "We have to do a better job of launching ideas," […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Creates Irregular Warfare Center

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) June 1 created an Irregular Warfare Center (IWC), expected to be fully operational late summer or early fall, with 30 to 40 people, a command official said. "Irregular warfare applies across the entire spectrum," Rear Adm. John Richardson, JFCOM J5, director, Strategy and Policy Directorate, […]

Fixing Defense Acquisition Key To Joint Warfighting, Officials Agree

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–Fixing defense acquisition is vital for joint and coalition forces to be dominant, relevant and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century, officials said. "What we should be doing is emphasizing system of systems…for 21st century missions," said Jacques Gansler, former DoD acquisition chief now at the University […]

Sky Warrior Block 0 Operational In Iraq

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA ASI) June 12 said that two Sky Warrior Block 0 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are now operational in Iraq supporting Army ground forces there. The first mission for WY-201 occurred on April 18 and lasted 10.5 hours. A second Sky Warrior UAS, WY-202, was deployed at the end of […]

General Dynamics To Produce More RG-31 vehicles

General Dynamics [GD] Land Systems-Canada announced it has received a $67.3 million contract modification to provide 111 RG-31 Mk5 E Mine Protected Vehicles. The Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), in support of the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), issued the modification to GDLS-Canada through the Canadian […]

Lockheed Martin JLTV Prototypes Surpass 15,000 Test Miles

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] two operational Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototypes have between them successfully driven more than 15,000 total test miles, officials say, with more than half of them off-road simulating mission conditions. JLTV is a joint Army-Marine Corps program to replace the existing Humvee fleet–of which there are about 170,000 […]

FCS Prepares For DAB IPR, Soldiers Test Equipment

By Ann Roosevelt Army officials are preparing for a Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) In Process Review (IPR) of its major modernization program Future Combat Systems (FCS) in Washington, D.C. this summer, while soldiers in El Paso, Texas are evaluating FCS Spin Out 1 equipment. Defense Department acquisition chief John Young delved deep into the FCS […]

BAE Completes Purchase of MTC Technologies

BAE Systems said this week it has completed its acquisition of MTC Technologies in a $450 million deal that expands BAE’s business in the United States as well as its worldwide services business. United Kingdom-based BAE said the acquisition will expand its capabilities in the areas of readiness and sustainment. MTC’s customers are largely within […]

Northrop Grumman Calls Open Architecture Key To IBCS Bid

By Ann Roosevelt Open architecture is key to the Northrop Grumman [NOC] team bid for prime contractor in the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) competition to be awarded this summer, a company official said. "We’ve got to get rid of service, proprietary solutions…that’ s a huge step forward in this […]