Tag Archives: Army

Defense Roundup: Army Has Only Two Combat-Ready Brigades, GCV and Helo Programs in Doubt

Amid AUSA Spectacle, Stark Reminders of an Army in Crisis

Paul McLeary (@paulmcleary), Defense News. We covered the AUSA show this year pretty thoroughly for issues of interest to our readers and new angles from the organizers, but the news from the Army itself wasn’t terribly good. In briefing after briefing, Army leaders brought little to smile about. The biggest news item was Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno telling the media on day one that only two combat brigades in the entire Army are fully mission capable and that more cuts would see the service dip below their “floor” of 490,000 troops. Hints were made all…

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Defense Roundup: It’s 11:59 on the Budgetary Doomsday Clock, Veterans Spared a lot of Pain In a Shutdown

As Congress Fights Over the Budget, Agencies Go on Their ‘Use It or Lose It’ Shopping Spree

David A. Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold), Washington Post. As John Grady tells us above, the drama surrounding the latest budget showdown in Congress has federal agencies working 24/7 to figure out what a shutdown will look like come Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the annual end of fiscal year spending spree has been in full swing for a couple of weeks. For those not familiar with this fascinating tradition, federal agencies have until midnight Monday to spend the remainder of their FY 2013 budget or lose it and probably take a hit on their future budgets. This…

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Armed Forces Day 2013

Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May, falling on May 18 this year. That’s the day we should all thank a military member for their service, fly the flag and appreciate what the military does for our country.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated in 1950, after the five military branches were consolidated under the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard birthdays, but those days are still observed as well.

President Truman issued a proclamation in 1949 encouraging Americans to “display the flag of the United States at their homes on

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July 30 Defense Industry Weekly Roundup

DoD Sees Four Sequestration Scenarios

Marcus Weisgerber, Defense News. SecDef Panetta held a closed door meeting with a host of the leaders from the defense industry last week to discuss sequestration and the possible outcomes resulting from the budget agreement passed by Congress last year.  He outlined four different possible scenarios including it actually occurring; Congress finding a solution in the lame duck session; Congress finds some $1.2 trillion in cuts before the election; or the ‘mini-sequester’ where the can gets kicked down the road a couple of years but some $100M or more of cuts occur as planned. Industry and Panetta are definitely on the same sheet of music…

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May 14 Defense Industry Weekly Roundup

U.S. Military Embraces Robots with Greater Autonomy

David Alexander, Reuters. In what is likely the next phase of robotic vehicles, the military and industry are experimenting heavily with autonomous vehicles of varying sizes to allow delivery supplies without human guidance. While true autonomy is likely far off, it is increasingly likely that systems such as convoy vehicles, or the currently being tested Squad Mobile Support System, will see service in coming years. These systems mean there are fewer soldiers and Marines on the road and at risk, while increasing logistics capacity.

With NGEN, Navy Prepares for Move to the Future

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week. There are certain contracts that are…

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