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Army’s ‘Big Six’ Ride Into The Valley Of Death

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The Army’s modernization initiatives aren’t plunging into the valley of death this week or even, in most cases, this year. It will take time to build prototypes, to test them and to figure out how the force will make the most of new technology. But over the next few years, enough of these projects have to make it across that daunting gap to actually change the Army.

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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What mission does the Army really need armed robots for — expendable scouts, perhaps, or supplementary fire support? And does buying robots for that role really offer more tactical value than spending the same money on mundane upgrades to, say, self-propelled artillery?

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Army Accelerates Air & Missile Defense Five Years: MSHORAD, MML, Lasers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Today, Brig. Gen. McIntire told me, Army field artillery and air & missile defense are like two boxers, one who can only punch and the other who can only block. “We’ve got to have one boxer that has the ability to strike and block simultaneously,” he said. “That’s the speed that we’re going to need in the future.”

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HUD 3.0: Army To Test Augmented Reality For Infantry In 18 Months

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What should the device show the soldier? “Where am I? Where are my buddies? And where is the enemy?” said Gen. Townsend. “Then other stuff could be optional.”

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Army Offers Much Higher Profits For Fast Innovation

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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if you can deliver new technology really fast, the US Army is now willing to pay your company much higher profits. And it’s working hard to make sure that new tech actually gets to new weapons.

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Army Really Wants Armed Recon Aircraft — Again: VCSA, CFT Chief

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The Army’s new emphasis on armed recon could potentially disrupt the all-service Future Vertical Lift project (FVL).

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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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Raytheon Targets Army Multi-Domain Systems Like DeepStrike [Sponsored]

Posted by Otto Kreisher [Sponsored by Raytheon] on


As the new National Defense Strategy shifts the U.S. armed forces’ focus from combating violent extremists to confronting China and Russia, Raytheon is offering an array of multi-domain capabilities to modernize the Army “not just for today but tomorrow,” Kim Ernzen, executive vice president of the company’s Land Warfare Systems, says. Raytheon is particularly well… Keep reading →

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Can’t Stop The Signal: Army Strips Down Network To Survive Major War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Unlike the Taliban, Russia and China can shoot down our drones, jam our transmissions, and hack our computers. So to prepare to fight them, we need a very different communications network — one the US Army is now studying how to build.

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Army Will Field 100 Km Cannon, 500 Km Missiles: LRPF CFT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The Army is modernizing three artillery systems: 155 cannon, the cheapest option, for the close fight against the enemy’s frontline forces; guided rockets for the deep fight against enemy reinforcements and supply lines; and missiles, the most expensive munitions, for very deep or even strategic strikes against targets in the enemy rear and homeland.

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