Archive: Army

WIN-T Increment 2 SNE on Combat Vehicle.
Photo: U.S. Army

2018 NDAA: Congress Would Withhold Half Of WIN-T Funding Until Army Can Justify Expense

Congress is proposing to withhold half the funding authorized for procurement and fielding of the Army’s battlefield communications network until delivery of a detailed report on the beleaguered multi-billion-dollar program. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) has suffered hard knocks from congressional defense committees in recent hearings, most notably from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chair […]

Saab M4 Carl Gustav recoilless rifle.

Saab, Raytheon Team To Improve Army Shoulder-Fired Weapons

In addition to an urgent-need procurement of more than 1,000 recoilless rifles, the Army has tasked industry with developing new ammunition for the weapons. The Army’s project manager for crew served weapons is overseeing the purchase of 1,111 M3E1 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles made by Swedish firm Saab. The $40 million procurement is being made […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Defense Authorization Bill Boosts Army Combat Vehicle, Aircraft Modernization

Congress heavily backed Army modernization in the compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released Nov. 8, adding billions to the service’s initial request to cover new tanks, combat vehicles and rotorcraft. The fiscal 2018 NDAA authorizes an active duty Army of 483,500 soldiers, a 7,500-troop increase over fiscal 2017. Both the National […]

SASC Approves Esper For Army Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote Nov. 7 the nomination of Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper to be Army secretary. As part of that vote, the SASC also approved Joseph Kernan to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Robert Wilkie to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Guy […]

Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

Oshkosh Completes 25,000th Medium Tactical Truck Amid Army Recompete

Oshkosh Defense [OSK], even as it awaits judgment on its incumbency building the vehicles for the Army, has rolled out its 25,000th medium tactical vehicle. Technically the truck that left the company’s Wisconsin factory was a member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, or FMTV A1P2, which Oshkosh has been building since 2009. The […]

Commander of Army Cyber Command Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone delivers his keynote address at the International Conference on Cyber Conflict. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Seeking Partnerships To Grow AI Network Protection Capabilities

Army leadership is set on shifting its network protection apparatus to leverage automated artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities as it looks to free up its growing cyber branch service to develop new tools to combat future threats. Officials are seeking greater partnerships with industry to address future cyber warfare needs, and hope to speed up the […]

An M551A1 Sheridan light tank during Operation Desert Shield.

Army Plans To Buy A Dozen Light Tank Prototypes From Two Industry Teams

The Army is about a week away from issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for its new light tank that will accompany infantry brigades into combat and eventually will buy 12 prototypes from two companies whose vehicles will compete for a production contract. Nov. 17 is the target date to publish the official RFP for […]

Capitol under clouds

Senate Committee Questions Army Secretary Hopeful’s Ties To Raytheon

The only friction Mark Esper encountered with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of the Army was concern his previous affiliation with Raytheon [RTN] would further stack the Pentagon with defense industry executives. Esper, head of Raytheon’s government relations and a West Point graduate, was tapped on […]

Army Gen. Gus Perna, commander of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks at the Warrant Officer Education Summit on  July 14, 2017, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

Army Logistics Chief: Data Rights Key To Affordable Sustainment Of Combat Systems

Purchasing intellectual property from industry is expensive up front, but will ultimately reduce the cost of sustaining combat systems in the long run, according to the service’s chief logistician. Gen. Gustave Perna, chief of Army Materiel Command (AMC), has directed lawyers and contracting officers under his command to purchase IP rights and technical data packages […]

The Army's AH-64D model Apache. Photo: Boeing.

Army Awards L3 Contract For Improved Apache Manned-Unmanned Teaming Hardware

The Army is moving ahead with an effort to team unmanned aircraft with the AH-64 Apache gunship, awarding $97 million in contracts to L3 Technologies [LLL] for improved communication and control systems. L3 received the contracts as part of the Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The Army is teaming Apaches […]