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Carter Ham On AUSA 2019 & What’s At Stake For The Army

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“The last few years have been quite good for the association’s annual meeting and for the Army,” the AUSA president told us, but “I’m very, very worried” about the 2020 budget.

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Failure IS An Option: Army Gen. Murray

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The Army must take risks to modernize, the Futures Command chief said, and the modernization effort will survive the inevitable failures along the way.

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Trump’s Pick For Joint Chiefs Praises Allies, Kurds & Mattis Strategy

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“The Army has aligned itself with Secretary Mattis’s National Defense Strategy, which we will not walk away from,” Gen. Milley told an Association of the US Army breakfast. “It’s a solid strategy, it’s written in history, it’s written in the blood of generations past, and we subscribe to it.” And allies are key to the strategy.

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‘A Perfect Harmony Of Intense Violence’: Army Chief Milley On Future War

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M1 tank at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. AUSA: How will the US fight the next war? Today, the Army’s top general declared that the military means “to shift from battles of attrition to battles of cognition, where we think, direct, and act at speeds the enemy cannot match in order to… Keep reading →

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Army Moves $25B To Big Six, From New Tanks To 6.8mm Rifle

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The Army plans to move at least $25 billion over the next five years from low-priority programs to preparing for major war. That includes developing a wide variety of new weapons, from high-speed aircraft, to partially-robotic armored vehicles, to a long-ranged 6.8 millimeter rifle to replace the venerable M16/M4 family and its controversial 5.56 mm round.

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Army Wants New Aerial Scouts For Major War (Hello, Russia!)

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These special squadrons would probably be the first units to get the revolutionary Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) the service wants flying by the mid-2020s to replace conventional helicopters.

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Army Takes Its Radio Network Commercial

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It’s all part of a wider effort to rebuild the Army’s command, control, and communications (C3) networks for war against a high-tech great power.

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Army Boosts Electronic Warfare Numbers, Training, Role

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AUSA: The Army is giving its electronic warfare force more troops, more training, and a more prominent role in combat headquarters, senior officers said here Thursday, pushing back on criticisms that the service neglects EW even as Russia and China pull ahead. The number of EW troops has increased from 813 (both officers and enlisted)… Keep reading →

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Army, NASA Want Laser Micro-Satellites For 50 Times The Bandwidth

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Credit: Nanoracks via NASA

It was hard enough keeping the data flowing to the far mountains of Afghanistan, but at least the Taliban didn’t have the technology to attack the network. Russia and China, however, are investing heavily in capabilities to eavesdrop on or jam the radio transmissions and to blind or outright shoot down the satellites.

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STRATCOM Wants Space-Based Midcourse Tracking Vs. Missiles: Hyten

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ASSOCIATION OF THE US ARMY: After 30 years of trying, the head of Strategic Command believes the time and technology are finally ripe for satellites to track both ballistic missiles and emerging threats such as hypersonics. “I’ll talk about it with Congress over the next couple of weeks,” Gen. John Hyten told reporters here at… Keep reading →

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