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AUSA’s Carter Ham To Macgregor: Futures Command Will Work

Posted by Carter Ham on


Army Futures Command will not become a comfortable resting place for platoons of old generals. Rather, I think the secretary and the chief expect Futures Command to be the engine of innovation for the Army.

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Army Sec. Esper’s 10-Year Plan Is A Big Bet On Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“I know that I have good numbers in ’18. I think if the budget agreement holds, we’ll have good numbers in ’19. I cannot predict the future,” Sec. Esper said. “What’s in my control to lay out the clearest possible vision of what the Army of 2028 should look like.”

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Bad Idea: A Swiss Army Knife Approach to Defense Acquisition

Posted by Gabriel Coll on


We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. This one deals with something Breaking D readers know a great deal about: the wonders of how requirements get built and the ensuing fun that can follow. Gabriel Coll of CSIS reminds everyone of… Keep reading →

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Army Gets Serious About Next Tank: Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: The US Army wants its Next Generation Combat Vehicle to serve as pack master to a swarm of crawling and flying robots. It wants lighter weapons with heavier firepower, able to aim almost straight up to shoot drones out of the sky and hit rooftop snipers. It wants miniaturized missile defenses to shoot down incoming anti-tank… Keep reading →

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General Dynamics Griffin: Don’t Call It A Tank (It’s Totally A Tank)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: It looks like a tank, drives on tracks like a tank, fires 120 mm shells at several times the speed of sound like a tank — but don’t call it a tank. The General Dynamics “Griffin” is a kind of concept car on steroids, a demonstration of existing technologies that could be quickly fit… Keep reading →

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Sen. McCain: Keep the B-21 On Track

Posted by David Deptula on


The Air Force’s new B-21 long range strike bomber acquisition program has encountered turbulence in recent weeks as Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, declared: “I will not authorize a program that has a cost-plus contract.” Justifying his position, the senator referenced his smart phone, explaining that: “Silicon Valley built the latest… Keep reading →

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DoD Kicks MULE To The Curb

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The end has finally come for the Army’s Multifunction Utility Logistics Vehicle, better known inside the Pentagon as the Army MULE. The Defense Department’s procurement chief Ash Carter put the final nail in the program last week, issuing an Acquisition Decision Memorandum canceling the program on July 29, according to recent news reports. A… Keep reading →

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