Archive: Army

BAE Systems' Mobile Protected Firepower submission. (BAE photo)

BAE Submits Modernized M8 Light Tank For Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower

BAE Systems has submitted a proposal for the Army’s new Mobile Protected Firepower based on the M8 mobile gun system originally pitched in 1996 as a replacement for the M551 Sheridan light tank. March 1 was the deadline to submit proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the MPF program that seeks […]

U. S. Army CH-47 Chinook D/F
Photo: Boeing

Army Spending Millions On Contract Aviation To Support Afghanistan Troop Increase

Army logistics units in Afghanistan are spending millions of dollars contracting heavy lift helicopters to move supplies in support of the expected 3,900 additional troops headed for that country in coming months. U.S. military rotorcraft in Afghanistan are spared the less glamorous missions of delivering mail, food, water and ammunition to distributed bases and instead […]

Photo: U.S. Army

SOCOM Needs Open Architecture Intel Systems To Identify, Track Threats

Special Operations Command should “aggressively” pursue an enterprise-wide open architecture intelligence-sharing network to make the most of the data it and partner organizations within and outside the Defense Department gather, according to Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. Asked how Special Operations forces should approach the need […]

An Avenger fires a Stinger missile during Artemis Strike, a live fire exercise at the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) off the coast of Crete, Greece Nov. 6, 2017.

Army Pushing Interim Counter-Russian Air-Defense Systems To Europe

Recognizing the potential threat to NATO forces from Russian unmanned aircraft, guided missiles and artillery, the Army is pushing interim air- and missile-defense (AMD) capabilities to Europe and speeding soldiers through training to man them. Air and missile defense is a major modernization priority for the Army, but while new systems and capabilities are under […]

Senior Airman Johnny Hillary, fire team member from the 823d Base Defense Squadron aims down on the holographic scope of a drone defender rifle, Aug. 30, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen from the 823d BDS were taught the basics of drone detection, identification and neutralization to ensure readiness while deployed.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

Army’s Rapid Equipping Force Remains Critical To Meeting Evolving Threats

The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force has escaped the fate of the many precursors shuttered after major wars and has been declared an “enduring capability” with funding, albeit modest, through fiscal 2023. The Army has established some sort of fast-innovation office during every conflict since World War II when engineers quickly devised hedgerow cutting devices for […]

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Next Army Vehicles Will Be Defined By Open Architectures That Can Accept New Tech, Weapons

The Army’s next ground combat vehicle likely won’t sport laser weapons or have a cloaking device, but it will have a modular, open-architecture design and size, weight and power margins to accept those and other emerging technologies as they come online. Eight cross-functional teams (CFTs) are chasing down solutions to the Army’s six modernization problems, […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper (right), discusses unit readiness with Lt. Col. Christopher L’Heureux, the commander of the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during Allied Spirit VIII at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 30, 2018. The Secretary of the Army visited Allied Spirit VIII to observe the training exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Expecting Nearly $7 Billion More In 2018, Mostly For Modernization

When and if Congress passes a two-year bipartisan spending bill, the Army stands to receive a nearly $7 billion plus-up to its fiscal 2018 budget, most of which will be spent on modernization, according to service officials. The service’s cut of the $25 billion increase in defense spending proposed in the Bipartisan Budget Act is […]

Gen. David Perkins
Commander Army Training and Doctrine Command

Leadership Changes Imminent At Army Training And Doctrine Command

Leadership of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is set to change hands in early March as current chief Gen. David Perkins and his deputy both retire after more than 30 years in uniform each. Perkins will be relieved by Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who confirmed for promotion in December to four-star general. Perkins […]

A Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2-equipped Stryker brings up the rear of this convoy during 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Decisive Action Rotation at the National Training Center, California, Jan. 15, 2016. (Photo Credit: Pfc. Lisa Orender)

Army Seeks Standard, Flexible, Open-Architecture Network Baseline To Allow Rapid Future Upgrades

Establishing a standard, open architecture for its battlefield network should allow the continuous introduction of emerging technologies and will inspire non-traditional, innovative businesses to pitch new operational capabilities to the Army, according to the general in charge of modernizing the service’s communications system. Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, who heads the Army’s network cross functional team […]

UH-72A Lakota.
Photo: Airbus.

Leonardo Drops Lakota Lawsuit, Clearing Way For Airbus Army Sale

Following a loss in court on a related case and a scathing rebuke from a competing aircraft manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to withdraw a lawsuit challenging the Army’s purchase of Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters in fiscal 2017. “In light of the Appellate Court ruling, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to discontinue any further legal action […]