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2020-2024 FYDP

Army Big 6 Gets $10B More Over 2021-2025

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy says the service’s new five-year budget plan will be finished within weeks.

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Army Will Cull Hypersonic & Laser Weapons Portfolios: Jette & Murray

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While Congress wrestles with CH-47 cuts, Army leaders are already looking ahead to hard decisions on high tech.

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Beyond Chinook: Army Secretary Challenges Industry To Revolutionize Heavy Lift

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A light scout and a mid-size transport remain Army aviation’s top two priorities, Secretary Mark Esper said, but industry needs to start thinking about the next heavy-lift aircraft and stop fighting against cuts to the venerable CH-47.

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Will Army Uncancel CH-47F Chinook Upgrade? Sec. Esper & Gen. McConville

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The Army wants to keep its options open on upgrading its heaviest cargo helicopter. Boeing is worried the window of opportunity — and its factory — will close before the Army makes up its mind.

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Top Appropriator Urges Army To Help Him Pass Their Budget

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Is the Army doing enough to sell Congress on its five-year, $57 billion modernization plan? And does that long-term effort require a long-term leader?

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Oshkosh Rolls Out New JLTV As Army Talks Cuts

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The Army’s not sure it wants 55,000 JLTVs — but manufacturer Oshkosh is doubling down. Why?

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Army Sets 2023 Hypersonic Flight Test; Strategic Cannon Advances

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To take out Russian and Chinese targets from a thousand miles away, the US Army wants two very different weapons: a hypersonic missile and a giant cannon.

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Army ‘Big Six’ Ramp Up in 2021: Learning From FCS

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All told, the Army’s investing $57 billion in modernization over five years — but it wants to take time to test new technologies before it commits to them.

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Army Lumbers Into Future: $33B In 2020-2024 For Big 6, Eventually

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Good news: That’s more money than the Army thought it could get for its top priorities. Bad news: We won’t see most of it this year.

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Why DoD Cut A Carrier in 2020 Budget: Survivable Robots & Missiles Vs. China

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An inside source explains the logic behind the 2020 budget’s most controversial call.

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