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Panel recommends 'big bets' for future Army, including investment, divestiture strategies

Jason Sherman | Oct. 20, 2017

The Army should place "big bets" on a range of new areas needed to ensure capability overmatch in future fights, according to an advisory panel that in a new study calls for long-term, sustained investments in manned-unmanned-teaming capabilities for ground forces, increased lethality from new payloads and precision munitions with longer reaches as well the dramatic step of redesigning the Army.

Raytheon delivers OCX Block 0, Air Force expects to validate in November

Courtney Albon | Oct. 20, 2017

Raytheon delivered the next-generation GPS ground control segment's Block 0 launch and checkout system to the Air Force late last month, the service confirmed this week.

ACC finishing AWACS initial capabilities document to prepare for ABMS AOA

Rachel Karas | Oct. 20, 2017

An Air Force Air Combat Command spokeswoman said this week the command is laying the groundwork for an Advanced Battle Management System analysis of alternatives to decide a way forward for the service's battle management and command-and-control missions.

DOD plans new reprogramming request for AOC pathfinder

Rachel Karas | Oct. 20, 2017

The Air Force plans to send Congress another reprogramming request to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, after a previous request was deferred and ultimately expired this fall.

Air Force to apply RCO authorities to other major programs

Courtney Albon | Oct. 20, 2017

A new Air Force charter would seek to apply procurement authorities granted to the Rapid Capabilities Office to other high-priority programs, expanding the service's ability to streamline the acquisition process and field new capabilities more quickly.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants House and Senate lawmakers to know he is opposed to several provisions in their versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill as they head into conference committee deliberations, according to an Oct. 17 letter sent to Capitol Hill and obtained by Inside Defense.

The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program executive officer is working with Navy budget officials to identify additional modernization items that could be included in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request.

The Air Force plans to send Congress another reprogramming request to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, after a previous request was deferred and ultimately expired this fall.

Mattis opposes several defense policy bill measures

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants House and Senate lawmakers to know he is opposed to several provisions in their versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill as they head into conference committee deliberations, according to an Oct. 17 letter sent to Capitol Hill and obtained by Inside Defense.

Navy, Coast Guard seek final tweaks for potential $2.5B icebreaker program in FY-19

The Navy and Coast Guard are readying a once-in-a-generation modernization project to build a new fleet of heavy polar icebreaker cutters, issuing a draft solicitation for a potential three-ship acquisition effort beginning in fiscal year 2019, a project that could -- according to one authoritative estimate -- cost at least $2.5 billion and comes after lawmakers voiced support for a six-ship fleet.

Mattis names new DOD industrial base chief, others

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has appointed several new officials to senior leadership roles at the Pentagon, including one to helm the office for managing defense industrial base policy, according to a Defense Department announcement.

Raytheon delivers OCX Block 0, Air Force expects to validate in November

Raytheon delivered the next-generation GPS ground control segment's Block 0 launch and checkout system to the Air Force late last month, the service confirmed this week.

Panel recommends 'big bets' for future Army, including investment, divestiture strategies

The Army should place "big bets" on a range of new areas needed to ensure capability overmatch in future fights, according to an advisory panel that in a new study calls for long-term, sustained investments in manned-unmanned-teaming capabilities for ground forces, increased lethality from new payloads and precision munitions with longer reaches as well the dramatic step of redesigning the Army.