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IT For Rent: Army Piggybacks On Air Force Services Contract

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The services are collaborating as never before, officials said, as they outsource non-combat networks through new “IT as a service” contracts.

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Army Secretary Ramps Up 3D Printing

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A new policy orders organizations across the Army to embrace advanced manufacturing to “fundamentally change” both modernization and readiness.

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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With its trademark tiltrotors too big for the Army’s FARA requirement, Bell is squeezing every ounce of performance out of a helicopter. Will it be fast enough?

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Thornberry Won’t Run; A ‘Great Loss At A Critical Time’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Texas Republican, who supported Pentagon reform, bigger budgets, and Trump’s border wall, is joining several other conservatives is walking away from Capitol Hill.

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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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