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SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army.

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SB>1 Revs Up In Ground Test: Expert Expects First Flight ‘In Weeks’

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“Now that they’ve completed the initial ground run, the team can finish its work to clear the aircraft for first flight,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director of the Vertical Flight Society. “Assuming the Defiant team doesn’t find anything noteworthy from its ground testing, it should be up in the air in the next few weeks.”

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Army Completes Biggest Reorg In 45 Years: Can Futures Command End Weapons Disasters?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Ultimately that is what this is all about, why I get up every morning, that’s why AFC exists: to make sure, not today’s soldier, but our kids and our grandkids have the core concepts, the organizational structures, and the capabilities they need to fight and win on a future battlefield,” Gen. Murray said, “or even better yet not to fight at all, because there is nobody in the world in the future that would ever take on the United States in ground combat, because we have done our job so well.”

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Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program

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“Our new approach is really to prototype as much as we can to help us identify requirements, so our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp,” Secretary Esper said. “A good example is Future Vertical Lift: The prototyping has been exceptional.”

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Sci-Fi Acquisition: The Wrath Of Mid-Tier Krog

Posted by Dan Ward on


 Want to know the next great ideas in acquisition? Ya gotta read Breaking Defense, baby. Between Bill Greenwalt’s seminal op-eds that led to Sen. John McCain’s groundbreaking acquisition laws, we’ve also hosted this author, Dan Ward, before. Dan is one of the most rara avis: a really smart acquisition expert who can also write in plain… Keep reading →

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AI In Your Eye: Army Goggles Will ID Targets Automatically

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Army soldiers are testing goggles with an image-recognition system that can automatically spot threats like tanks and warn the rest of the squad — or transmit the target data to a distant missile battery so they can take it out.

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Arsenal Plane Pick Still In The Air: SCO’s Roper

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DARPA HQ, ARLINGTON, Va.: Reporters must stop asking Will Roper about the Arsenal Plane, because he hasn’t picked which aircraft will be rebuilt as a high-tech truck for long-range missiles and other weapons. Speculation has centered on the Air Force B-52, but the Strategic Capabilities Office director made clear that choice is, well, up in the… Keep reading →

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Thornberry’s Buying Bill Adds Bureaucracy, Helps Biz With IP

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CAPITOL HILL: Rep. Mac Thornberrry’s proposed legislation to help fix Pentagon procurement was unveiled with a background press briefing by staff members, who touted its benefits of “transparency” and “accountability.” But some staff believe the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s legislation may not be as exciting or as fundamental as was said in the briefing.… Keep reading →

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DASD Industrial Base Signals Pentagon Budget Shift: Dough OK’d For Prototypes

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NEW YORK: The Pentagon official who oversees the defense industrial base told Wall Street investors this morning that the upcoming defense budget will include funding for weapons prototypes. And Elana Broitman, deputy assistant defense secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy (DASD industrial base to most Pentagon wonks), cautioned that the absence of lawmakers with military… Keep reading →

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3D Printing: Imagine A Brigade Producing Parts On Battlefield

Posted by Jonathan Jeckell on


Additive manufacturing, known to the public as 3D printing, may profoundly improve combat readiness and the defense industrial base far more than imagined by most proponents. But the Pentagon must account for the way different organizations measure performance, or it will be doomed to long delays and costly failure. Additive manufacturing can be used to… Keep reading →

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