Archive: Army

Supporting The Army Means Timely And Full Funding, Cody Says

By Ann Roosevelt Sustaining the all volunteer force in a time of war and an evolving future seen as one of persistent conflict means the Army needs the funding for the FY ’08 supplemental request and the FY ’09 budget to avoid "substantial impacts" on readiness and unneeded uncertainty and stress in the force, according […]

DoD IG Raps Army Paper Trail In Body Armor Contracts

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department Inspector General (DoD IG) finds that contract documentation between January 2004 and December 2006 Army body armor procurement was not adequately maintained, according to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements. However, the Army has said repeatedly that its top priority is soldier protection, and responds saying: "Since its initial fielding […]

Lockheed Martin Signs $198 Million U.K. Situational Awareness Contract

Lockheed Martin [LMT] U.K.-led Team Athena has signed a $198 million contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) situation awareness program. LEAPP is expected to give ground commanders decision-quality data in near real-time that they can use to coordinate, plan and strike effectively, the company said April […]

BAE Systems To Produce More M777A2 Howitzers

BAE Systems has received a $176 million order from the Defense Department for 87 additional M777A2 155mm towed howitzers. The order adds to the 589 M777A2 howitzers already on order for the U.S. armed forces, of which more than 300 have been delivered. The 155mm towed howitzers purchased under this contract will be delivered in […]

NNSA Calls On Corps of Engineers To Manage Big Plutonium Project

By George Lobsenz The National Nuclear Security Administration, under fire for design, cost and management problems on several major projects, has signed an agreement to have the Army Corps of Engineers serve as construction manager for the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility, a first-of-its-kind plutonium disposal facility. Officials at NNSA, the Energy Department’s semi-autonomous nuclear […]

Raytheon Readying For LADS Mortar Tests Later This Year

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] later this year will test its Laser Area Defense System (LADS) against mortars to demonstrate the military utility for lasers on the battlefield, a company official said. Raytheon first tested its LADS system, a laser that is coupled with the company’s Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, back in 2006, Mike Booen, […]

Advanced 120mm Gun For FCS Mounted Combat System In Safety Testing

By Ann Roosevelt ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.–The 120mm XM360 gun that will provide the firepower for the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) Mounted Combat System (MCS) is firing for safety certification, according to officials. "Once certification is completed, then troops can be near the gun and fire it," Dave Smith, U.S. Army Benet Laboratories, Watervliet, […]

Army, State Department, To Work Together On Stability Operations

Stability operations appear to be an idea whose time has come, as a future failing state crisis could see State Department-led civilian groups moving and working alongside Army soldiers under plans to coordinate Army and State Department stability capabilities, officials said. The Army’s new Field Manual 3.0, released late last month, elevates stability operations alongside […]

Raytheon Seeks Navy JAGM Risk Reduction Contract

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is hoping its experience in weapon systems and its partnership with Boeing [BA] will lead to a Navy contract to develop the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for use on Super Hornet aircraft. The program, which began almost a decade ago as an Army effort to replace both TOW and Hellfire, […]