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Army Loves AH-64D Block III Enough To Call It Echo; Will Taliban Call It The Echo Monster?

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUSA: The Army has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce that from that day on, the Block III version of Boeing Co.’s AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter will instead be designated the AH-64E. Program officials will make the announcement at this year’s annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army, the… Keep reading →

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Billions At Stake As Army Opens Competition For Rifleman Radio

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Army took a major step today towards opening up a major radio program to full and open competition, issuing a formal Request For Information today asking industry’s input on the Rifleman Radio program. [More on this story: Radio contractor General Dynamics apologizes to the Army] The hand-held Rifleman Radio and the backpack-sized Manpack… Keep reading →

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Navy, Air Force To Win Budget Wars Over Army

Posted by Henry Kenyon on


As troops pull out of Afghanistan and Congress looks for fat to trim from the federal budget, future Pentagon spending will dip and then flatline, with money going to the Air Force and Navy while ground forces see reductions in troops and equipment, a new report predicts. It’s not the kind of news that the… Keep reading →

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An Army Of One Booth: Service Downsizes At AUSA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: It’s still DC’s largest conference of the year, but the 2012 annual meeting of the Association of the US Army is smaller than it was. Most obviously, all the Army branches, tribes, and fiefdoms that normally fly their own individual banners at AUSA have been consolidated into a single, relatively modest exhibit. “You’ll notice… Keep reading →

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Should U.S. Keep Spending $12.5B Each Year On Patriot Anti-Missile System?

Posted by Dave Berganini on


If you want to know how important conferences such as AUSA, AFA, Navy League, AUVSI or GEOINT are, just consider the fact that Lockheed Martin chose to write this MEADS op-ed and submit it so it would appear just as AUSA opened. Let the show begin! — The editor. Last month, a congressionally-mandated, Missile Defense… Keep reading →

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Northrop Shows Off Smaller, Modular Robot For Tighter Budgets

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: Since 9/11, robots have become commonplace tools for the military, police bomb squads, and hazardous materials teams. But as budgets tighten, not even the Pentagon can afford to buy many types of robots, each for a different mission. So Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary, Remotec, is rolling out a new robot called Titus specifically… Keep reading →

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Critics Worry Army’s New Global Operations Plan Poaches On Marines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Defense contractors are gearing up to show off their latest at the Washington, DC’s biggest conference of the year, the Association of the US Army’s conference in town next week. Don’t expect many earthshaking announcements at AUSA from the Army itself, which is ramping down its presence and spending at the event significantly. The real… Keep reading →

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