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Army Secretary Ramps Up 3D Printing

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

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Army Tells Shoddy Suppliers: Shape Up

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Quality control problems at Boeing are just part of wider supply shortfalls that could hamstring Army helicopters in a major war.

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AI, Initiative, & Lots Of Smart Bombs: Gen. Perna On Supplying Major Wars

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The massive Army Materiel Command needs to get a lot lighter on its feet for future conflicts, its four-star chief says.

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Roper Halts Deliveries of KC-46s; Will Visit Boeing Plant

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The Air Force has refused to accept delivery of any more KC-46 tankers until Boeing fixes major problems — at the company’s expense.

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Army Leaders Seek Budget Input From Beyond The Pentagon

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“When I was here before,” said Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, who returned to the Pentagon last week for his fifth tour there, “the four-star commanders around the Army had no say, no input. They’re in the room now when the big decisions are made.”

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Can Army Futures Command Overcome Decades Of Dysfunction?

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“There are ways to be innovative in the Army,” retired Lt. Gen. Tom Spoehr said. But you have to protect the innovators from the institutional culture of the Pentagon: “You can send them someplace else, like Austin.”

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Army Outlines Futures Command; Org Chart In Flux

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“If you start a process with an org chart, you’re toast,” Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. “Focus on what you want to achieve.”

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Army Shifts $1B In S&T, Plans Modernization Command: UnderSec McCarthy

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PENTAGON: Merry Christmas, US Army. As you read this, the White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the service’s draft spending plan for 2019-2023, which reshuffles more than a billion dollars in science and technology funds, undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told me in an exclusive interview. The goal: to better resource… Keep reading →

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Get Off The ‘Hamster Wheel’ & Fix Readiness: AMC Commander

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WASHINGTON: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says over and over that his top priority to getting the Army ready to “fight tonight.” What does that mean in practice? For Army Materiel Command, which keeps troops supplied, it means literally putting its money where his mouth is. If readiness for major combat operations is really the… Keep reading →

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Air Force Works To Speed New Air Force One FAA Certification

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WASHINGTON: Air Mobility Command, an experienced observer of gaining FAA certification for civilian aircraft rebuilt for military purposes, is using its knowledge to try to lower the costs of the replacement for Air Force One. The head of AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart, told me this afternoon they hoped to find “efficiencies” in the process of… Keep reading →

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