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Gen. Daniel Hughes

Radio Wars: Will Production Halt Force Army To Play Radio Shell Game?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with comments from Army generals] WASHINGTON: In the latest battle over Army radios, defense industry giant General Dynamics is beating the war drums once again. If the Pentagon doesn’t issue a new contract for backpack-sized “Manpack” radios soon, GD warns, they and co-supplier Rockwell Collins will complete the current lot by the year’s end — a… Keep reading →

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Army Modernizes, Modestly: Hard Upgrades To M1s, MRAPs, Humvees

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: It may sound ambitious, even hubristic, that the Army wants to fold all its modernization programs into a single 30-year plan. But the long-range look is all about living within limits. The service wants to keep researching and developing 21st century weapons like the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) truck and the tank-like Ground… 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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