Kate Brannen

Kate Brannen was a reporter with Inside Defense until January 2010.

Archived Articles
The Insider | October 5, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking this morning at the big AUSA convention in Washington, said President Obama’s upcoming decisions on the Afghanistan campaign would be among the most important of his presidency.

Daily News | September 28, 2009

The Army's lack of successful new aviation development programs may lead to future capability gaps, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

Daily News | September 28, 2009

The Army announced today that on Oct. 16 it will hold its first industry day in Dearborn, MI, for its new ground combat vehicle effort, meant to replace the Future Combat Systems' manned ground vehicles that were canceled earlier this year.

The Insider | September 28, 2009

The Army has named the new program executive office it recently set up to oversee the integration of the service’s modernization efforts across all brigade combat teams, according to a service spokesman.

The Insider | September 24, 2009

At a counterinsurgency conference in Washington yesterday Gen. Stanley McChrystal's leaked assessment of Afghanistan and its impact on the Obama administration's strategy for the war were the topics everyone wanted to talk about.

The Insider | September 23, 2009

The Army's Capstone Concept, an important vision paper on the service’s view of the future and its own role in it, is now open to public feedback.

The Insider | September 23, 2009

Brigade commanders echoed a recent New York Times op-ed today when they stressed how important interpreters are to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Daily News | September 18, 2009

The Army has selected General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Aerojet and Alliant Tech Systems for its Alternative Warhead Program, an effort to develop new technologies to replace a variant of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System that uses cluster munitions.

The Insider | September 16, 2009

While the Army briefs the Pentagon and Congress on its new modernization plans (now that FCS is no more), defense analysts around town are offering their advice on how the Army should prepare for the future.

Daily News | September 14, 2009

Oshkosh announced today that it has been awarded an additional $189 million contract to deliver 352 more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles to the military by March 2010.

Daily News | September 9, 2009

Without sufficient information on how the Future Combat Systems program will be restructured, Senate appropriators are recommending cuts to the Army's modernization funding, according to a draft of the report accompanying the Senate version of the fiscal year 2010 defense appropriations bill.

Daily News | September 3, 2009

The Army has kicked off the market research phase of its new ground combat vehicle initiative with the release of a sources-sought notice that outlines the service's plans to establish a lead vehicle development effort followed by variants of that vehicle introduced over time.

Daily News | August 24, 2009

The Army's Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Sensor System will make what program officials are calling its first flight tomorrow in Elizabeth City, NC.

The Insider | August 19, 2009

On the day before national elections take place in Afghanistan, country experts emphasized the uncertainty surrounding tomorrow's results as well as their inability to predict what those results -- whatever they may be -- will mean for Afghanistan's security.

Daily News | August 6, 2009

An independent study commissioned by the Office of the Secretary of Defense concludes that the Medium Extended Air Defense System program should continue, according to an industry official.

The Insider | July 28, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Iraq this morning to meet with the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, a combat unit that was recently transitioned into the Army's first "advise and assist" brigade.

Daily News | July 16, 2009

In its mark-up of the fiscal year 2010 defense appropriations bill, the House Appropriations defense subcommittee has cut $211 million in requested termination costs for the canceled manned ground vehicle portion of the Future Combat Systems program.

Daily News | July 15, 2009

The operational tempo at which the Army is deploying, training and redeploying precludes it from adequately training for full-spectrum operations, said a senior service official today.

The Insider | July 9, 2009

Military officials and blogs have not always mixed well, but lately, there have been multiple examples of officers engaging with the Army's most senior leaders through service blogs.

The Insider | July 6, 2009

The Army is very proud of the Blue Ribbon Panel it hosted last month to solicit ideas for its new ground combat vehicle effort.

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