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Can Army Control Costs Of Its New Weapons?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With 10 major programs ramping up from prototypes to mass production by 2026, the Army can’t just count on “Night Court” cuts to free up sufficient funds, warned the service’s three-star chief of budget planning.

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SMC Offers To Help Speed Deals For SDA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Space & Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium has been so successful at providing competitive prototypes, fast, that SMC wants to expand its scope dramatically.

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Army Issues Next-Gen Targeting Goggles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A week from today, the first combat unit will get new ENVG-B goggles, which combine binocular night vision with computer-assisted cross-hairs linked wirelessly to the rifle. It’s a test case for the Army’s new high-speed approach to modernization.

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Roper: Multi-Domain C2 Needs Air-Space Integration

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“We’ve been kicking around this idea that there needs to be a milestone past D; a milestone E where the program is proving elderly and we’re having to do Herculean tasks to keep airplanes flying that should have been retired long ago,” says Air Force acquisition czar Will Roper.

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Textron Preps For Mass Production Of New Army Rifle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Textron is not just betting it will win the Next Generation Squad Weapons contract: It’s betting the Army will want to start buying in bulk ASAP. That’s not a bad bet.

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Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Compete For Army Network Upgrade: CS 21

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Gone are the days of a stately, deliberate, laborious acquisition process in which the Army would plan out the future in detail before going to industry. “We’d almost always guess wrong,” said Maj. Gen. David Bassett. “Eventually we’d deliver yesterday’s technology tomorrow.”

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Oracle vs. Pentagon & Amazon: JEDI Trial Starts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


At stake is not just a $10 billion IT contract, but an information age weapon.

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Tell Joint AI Center Your Cyber Defense Idea — In 99 Words Or Less

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


And make it snappy: The deadline is July 26th.

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809 Panel Calls for Managing ‘Capabilities,’ Not Weapons

Posted by Ross Thompson on


The Department of Defense can make smarter and faster acquisition decisions if it uses people more thoughtfully. Instead of involving top-level leaders at every decision point in the acquisition process, senior leaders should determine the organization’s enterprise-level goals, then communicate them to empowered and capable leaders who can decide how best to meet those goals.… Keep reading →

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GAO Defends Annual Weapons Review: Let’s Look at All the Facts

Posted by Shelby Oakley on


Peter Levine, former top staffer at the Senate Armed Services Committee and now with the Institute for Defense Analyses, penned a piece for us critiquing the GAO’s annual report on major weapons systems. The GAO begs to differ with Levine’s conclusions and assertions. Below is their reply, penned by Shelby Oakley, director at GAO. Read… Keep reading →

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