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FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky – The M17 or Modular Handgun System is the Army's newest handgun currently being fielded to Soldiers.  The 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), the word’s only air assault division, is the first unit in the Army to field the service’s new handgun.  The M17 replaces the M9 pistol, the standard Army sidearm since 1986.  The division received more than 2,000 M17s and M18s, the compact version of the M17, Nov. 17, and unpacked, inventoried, inspected and test fired a portion of the pistols, Nov. 27.  It began fielding the MHS, Nov. 28.  More expansive, battalion and brigade-level fielding initiatives will begin across the division in the coming weeks.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

New Army Handgun Begins Fielding To All Infantrymen Above Fire Team Leader

New pistols have begun fielding to Army units to replace the service’s 30-year-old Beretta M9 and likely will change how many soldiers carry handguns and how they fight with them. Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division received the first 2,000 M17 Modular Handgun Systems, based on the civilian Sig […]

Army Maj. Gen. David Bassett

Army Shuffles Combat Vehicle, Communication, Soldier Gear Leadership

After setting the Army’s ground combat systems house in order and on the path to incremental modernization, Maj. Gen. David Bassett is tasked with righting the ship at the program office overseeing its foundering network communications. Bassett on Dec. 4 was reassigned from leading the Ground Combat Vehicles program office in Warren, Mich., to program […]

Gen. David Perkins
Commander Army Training and Doctrine Command
Photo: TRADOC

Army Training Chief Calls For Expanded Use Of Virtual Reality

Simulation and virtual training are critical to lowering the amount of funding spent on educating soldiers and to preparing soldiers for the complexity of future combat, according to the general in charge of training troops. Gen. David Perkins, chief of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), said Nov. 28 that live virtual constructive and synthetic training […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist. Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the […]

CH-47F Chinook and AH-64E Apache. Photo courtesy Boeing.

Senate Appropriators Boost Army Vehicle, Aircraft Funding By Billions

Army aircraft and combat vehicle procurement stand to receive billions in additional funding under a funding bill proposed by Senate appropriators on Nov. 21.   The Senate Appropriations Committee added more than $1 billion to the Army’s fiscal 2018 request of $3.4 billion for combat vehicle procurement and modernization. A majority share of that increase […]

An M551A1 Sheridan light tank during Operation Desert Shield.

Army Releases RFP For New Infantry Light Tank, Plans To Buy 500 Vehicles

The Army has released a request for proposals (RFP) for Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), laying out for industry plans to purchase up to 504 light tanks to accompany infantry brigades into combat. MPF should provide Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) with “protected, long range, cyber resilient, precision, direct fire capability for early/forcible entry operations,” according […]

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.

After Swearing In, Army Secretary Prioritizes Near-Term Readiness

Former Raytheon [RTN] lobbyist and West Point graduate Mark T. Esper was sworn in Nov. 21 as Secretary of the Army, adopting near-term readiness as his top priority as the service’s 23rd senior civilian leader. Esper is the final confirmed service secretary to take office under the Trump administration. Acting secretaries have held the position […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Leaders Welcome Hill Support For Modernization Plans, Despite Heightened Oversight

Much of the Army’s modernization wish list is funded under the final defense authorization bill passed Nov. 15, but the service can’t spend the money until it convinces Congress the programs are on track. Senior service officials see the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as a tacit approval of the Army’s near-term modernization strategy, especially […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Seeks Near-Term Fixes, Years-Long Pivot To Modernize Networks

During a multiyear restructuring of the Army’s future battlefield communications network, the service will drop components that do not work, fix those that can be repaired or reconfigured and then “pivot” to a new system that can withstand the rigors of future battlefields. The service has adopted a three-pronged strategy to address concerns that several […]

Mark Esper

Senate OKs Esper As Senior Army Civilian

Former Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper was confirmed Nov. 15 as Army secretary, in an 89-6 vote by the Senate. Esper, is the Trump administration’s third pick to become the Army’s senior civilian and the final service secretary to be confirmed. Former congresswoman, Air Force officer and National Security Council staff member Heather Wilson was […]