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US Army Signals Israel’s Iron Dome Isn’t The Answer

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“It was developed for a very specific threat and it does incredible things…we intend to operate it differently — in support of an Army on the move. It’s not just going to be static.”

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Army Wrestles With Testers Over Network Upgrades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


At issue is not just this particular program, but the much wider question of how a Pentagon testing apparatus designed for big industrial age programs can keep up with the much faster and more fluid upgrade cycles of information technology.

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Failure IS An Option: Army Gen. Murray

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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Army Reboots Cruise Missile Defense: IFPC & Iron Dome

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The new approach will focus on an urgent but largely unmet threat: Russian and Chinese cruise missiles.

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Army R&D Chief: ‘I Don’t Think We Went Far Enough’ – But Futures Command Can

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


For Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, when the organization he’s led for 31 months changed its name, its mission, and the four-star headquarters it works for, it finally found the answer to a question it – and the entire Army – have been struggling with for at least 16 years.

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12 Moments Of Truth For Army Modernization In 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: At least a dozen major Army weapons programs face big decisions in 2019. The service will launch a competition for new armored vehicles; award development contracts for scout aircraft and helicopter engines; conduct key tests of long-range missiles, anti-aircraft defenses, rifles, targeting goggles, and multiple battlefield networks; and field new electronics for command posts.

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Army Boosts Investment In Lasers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: The Army is investing more and more money in lasers to defeat incoming rockets and enemy drones. Across the Air & Missile Defense (AMD) portfolio, “we put over 50 percent of our S&T (Science and Technology) money going towards directed energy projects,” up from about a third previously, said the AMD modernization director, Brig. Gen.… Keep reading →

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Robot Aircraft For Robot Tanks: GD & AeroVironment Team Up

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUSA: The Marines want their Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle to carry a scout drone that can look for threats and target them with loitering strike missiles or drones. Now General Dynamics Land Systems and drone maker AeroVironment are teaming up to offer the same built-in drone for future Army vehicles. The two companies announced here today that they’ve… Keep reading →

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Army Wants Revolutionary Scout Aircraft For $30 Million, Same As Apache E

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) must have enough artificial intelligence to fly unmanned at least part of the time, a secure network to control drones, and combination of speed and range that’s impossible for traditional helicopters.

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Army Seeks 1,000-Mile Missiles Vs. Russia, China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


One Army weapon would be a hypersonic missile, tearing through missile defenses at Mach 5-plus to kill critical hardened targets such as command bunkers. The other would use a gun barrel to launch cheaper, slower missiles at larger numbers of softer targets like radars and missile launchers.

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