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Army Will Stop Treating Troops As ‘Interchangeable Parts’: Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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“We’re moving towards a talent management system where we will manage people by 25 variables instead of two,” Gen. McConville said. It will be “a system that recognizes and capitalizes on our people’s knowledge, their skills, their behaviors and even their preferences.”

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National Guard Will Get Black Hawk Replacement Early: Army Vice-Chief

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FLRAA will go to select Guard units ahead of most of the regular Army, Gen. McConville said. That’s a far cry from past conflicts over helicopters.

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Back Off, Iran: US & Israel Complete Groundbreaking Missile Defense Exercise

Posted by Arie Egozi on


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For the first time, the US plugged its high-altitude THAAD into the Israeli missile defense network — just one of the ways the two countries are cooperating against Iran.

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How Army’s Multi-Domain Overhaul May Impact The National Guard

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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HUNTSVILLE: Modernizing the Army is about much more than equipment. To defeat Russia and China in future multi-domain warfare — or better yet, deter them — the service is contemplating cultural revolutions as ripe for controversy as any multi-billion dollar weapons program. They include allowing junior officers more initiative, ending chronic micromanagement; creating long-term “regimental” affiliations… Keep reading →

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Don’t Panic About Apaches: Army Not Junking Gunships

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Will the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft “replace” some AH-64 Apache gunships? Sort of, technically — but that’s a misleading slice of a bigger story.

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DoD: “Months” Before Any Work Can Be Approved For Border Wall

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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PENTAGON: More troops are heading to the US border with Mexico, Pentagon officials said on Friday. That brings the number deployed from the current 5,000 to about 6,000, even as the Pentagon considers transferring close to $4 billion to support the Border Patrol and build infrastructure. About 2,100 of the troops deployed currently are National… Keep reading →

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Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

Posted by Mark Cancian on


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Now that President Trump has signed the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill — marking the first time in nine years that defense is not bound by a Continuing Resolution — the broad trend was cuts to Operational and Maintenance (O&M) to fund Research, Development, Testing, & Engineering (RDT&E). The top line was consistent with the… Keep reading →

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All Armored Brigades To Get Active Protection Systems: Gen. Milley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Once the US companies come on line,” Gen. Milley said, “the intent is to outfit the entire heavy force — the Bradleys, the tanks, any future combat vehicles — with active protective systems.”

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Trump Says Troops Heading to Border

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Will Trump rip a page from the Obama playbook in sending troops to the border with Mexico?

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Military Force Structure: Trade-Offs, Trade-Offs, Trade-Offs

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Mark Cancian, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, knows budgets. He used to help build the defense budget at the Office of Management and Budget, the largely unheralded center of federal fiscal power. So when he picks apart the budget deal Congress recently approved (or any other one) you should pay attention. He’s doing… Keep reading →

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