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Gen. Thomas Spoehr

Bradley Replacement: Army Risks Third Failure In A Row

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With the surprise disqualification of the Raytheon-Rheinmetall Lynx, the Army has effectively left itself with one competitor for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, General Dynamics — unless the Pentagon or Congress intervene.

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Fog Of Information War: Army Asks Civilians, Allies For Aid

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The hard part of Multi-Domain Operations isn’t hypersonic missiles or robotic tanks. It’s getting civilian agencies and foreign allies to fight disinformation — long before the shooting starts.

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Beyond INF: Countering Russia, Countering China (Analysis)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Long-range precision fires… would provide us the capability (to) either, for example, support the Air Force by suppressing enemy air defenses at hundreds upon hundreds of miles or support the Navy by engaging enemy surface ships at great distances as well,” said Army Secretary Mark Esper. But those examples are two distinctly different missions, each most relevant to a different theater of war.

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BREAKING: Trump Orders DoD To Take Surprise $33B Budget Cut

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Trump campaigned on more money for the Pentagon, but his budget director appears to have won the fight for sweeping, across the board cuts to all federal agencies, including the Pentagon.

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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Future of Army Combat: McCain Wants Ambition, Army Offers Caution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


  CAPITOL HILL: Sen. John McCain wants an ambitious plan for new ground vehicle designs and new kinds of combat units from the Army. So does the Heritage Foundation, which has provided much of the brain power for the Trump administration. But the Army isn’t on board: Burned by past program meltdowns like FCS and GCV.… Keep reading →

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‘Army Has It Worst’ In Budget Crunch: DoD Comptroller Robert Hale

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The current fiscal crisis slams the entire military, keeping aircraft carriers in port and fighter pilots on the ground for lack of funds, but of all the services, said Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale today, “the Army has by far the worst problem.” That’s because the Army faces a unique triple-barreled budget problem, known with… Keep reading →

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Army Generals Detail Huge Sequestration Impacts On Retention, Morale

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


FORT LAUDERDALE: When war comes down to boots on the ground, the Army’s greatest asset is its people. But in fiscal terms people are also its greatest liability. And now some procedural peculiarities of the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, set to start on Friday, will make personnel costs much harder to handle in… Keep reading →

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