Archive: Army

More Insight Needed Into Army ‘Grow the Force’ Initiative Funding Plan, GAO Says

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s Grow the Force initiative has not developed a "transparent and comprehensive" funding plan, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office says decision makers in Congress need to understand the "full magnitude of the funds needed and weigh competing defense priorities," in its Jan. 18 letter to the […]

Army Destroys Last VX Nerve Agent Spray Tank

The Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) announced last month the safe destruction of the last VX nerve agent-filled spray tank in the U.S. chemical stockpile. The U.S. military never used the VX spray tanks, or any other chemical weapons, in combat. The last of the stockpiled spray tanks were destroyed Dec. 24 at the Umatilla […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Works Toward Capabilities For Preventing Destabilization

The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is moving toward solutions to prevent destabilization around the world by developing the desired capabilities to help the United States build partnership capacity, an official said. "The work we’re doing now–fleshing out, is transitioning from the big ideas to a set of capabilities created in the real world to […]

Nelson Ford Nominated As Army Under Secretary

The White House Jan. 22 sent the Senate the nomination of Nelson Ford as under secretary of the Army. If confirmed, Ford would take the position previously held by now-Army Secretary Pete Geren. Ford has been acting under secretary (Defense Daily, Dec. 5). In 2006, Ford was confirmed as Army assistant secretary–financial management and comptroller. […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Works Toward Capabilities For Preventing Destabilization

By Ann Roosevelt The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is moving toward solutions to prevent destabilization around the world by developing the desired capabilities to help the United States build partnership capacity, an official said. "The work we’re doing now–fleshing out, is transitioning from the big ideas to a set of capabilities created in the […]

Next CJTF HOA Command Group Trains At JFCOM

By Ann Roosevelt U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) recently conducted a mission rehearsal exercise (MRX) for the next commander and staff for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA). The Defense Department created CJTF HOA in 2002 and some 1,800 personnel in Djibouti execute the mission to prevent conflict, promote regional stability […]

Army Hellfire II Production Order Completes Buy 13

Lockheed Martin [LMT] recently said it received a $29 million production order from the Army for the combat-proven precision-strike Hellfire II air- to-ground missile. The order represents the final option under the Army’s Hellfire II Buy 13 contract, which at $305.9 million is the largest single buy in the history of the Hellfire II program, […]

Young Presses Army To Fund Three Contractor Teams On JLTV

By Jen DiMascio The Pentagon’s acquisition chief last month urged the Army to allow three industry teams to compete for Army-Marine Corps Humvee replacement program. John Young, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, reviewed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program in early December and gave his blessing to proceed with […]

Army Aviation Needs To Think About Future S&T Investment

Now is the time to start considering the questions that must be answered to plan science and technology investment for the future of Army aviation, even though the money is unlikely to come before the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) 2010-2015, according to a top aviation official. Army aviation officials were unable to garner enough support […]

Keep The Momentum Going In Army Aviation, Cody Says

Army aviation has made great strides in modernizing aircraft, training and maintenance while at war, but neither the Army nor industry can slow their efforts, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody says. "We’ve stayed on course," Cody told attendees at the Association of the United States Army Aviation Symposium Jan. 11, on a […]