Sebastian Sprenger

Sebastian Sprenger was the chief editor of Inside the Army until May 2016, where he primarily reported on land warfare and associated budgets, policies and technologies. A native of Siegen, Germany, he got is start in journalism at the now-defunct Westfälische Rundschau in Kreuztal. He studied at Universität Trier and elsewhere.

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Daily News | September 24, 2010

The Defense Department should elevate the importance of its homeland-security mission to make it equal with warfighting as a means of ensuring that Pentagon planners set aside enough forces to support civil authorities in the aftermath of a catastrophe on U.S. soil with chemical, biological, or nuclear agents, according to a commission chartered by Congress.

Daily News | September 16, 2010

Senator appropriators remain concerned about the Ground Combat Vehicle program even after Army officials restructured the planned multibillion-dollar acquisition to focus on affordability and timely completion, according to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee's report on the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

Daily News | September 3, 2010

The Army is seeking feedback from industry on plans to quickly field a robotic vehicle that would follow small groups of soldiers around on the battlefields of Afghanistan to carry their equipment, according to a notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities website today.

The Insider | August 31, 2010

Some forward-operating bases in Afghanistan are about to get new occupants. Northrop Grumman today announced a contract for "providing personnel for operating" counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) systems in that country.

The Insider | August 20, 2010

The final version of the Army Operating Concept, published Aug. 19, is a bit more vague than previous drafts when it comes to characterizing modularity.

The Insider | August 10, 2010

United Nations leaders are scheduled to announce tomorrow a $460 million relief program to deal with the Pakistan flooding disaster, according to a cable today from Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador in Islamabad, that is being distributed in military and diplomatic circles.

The Insider | August 3, 2010

A story in the July 5 issue of Inside the Army about Harris Corp.'s offering for the Joint Tactical Radio System program made quite a splash in industry circles.

Daily News | August 2, 2010

With only one piece of military excess equipment shipped from Iraq to local authorities in the United States so far, an organization representing U.S. states says it has trouble securing even a modest amount of usable equipment from the tens of thousands of articles military officials plan to leave behind.

Daily News | July 21, 2010

Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, the incoming chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command, today said issues surrounding the use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems during counterinsurgency operations are high on his agenda as the general in charge of advancing new warfighting concepts and joint training efforts.

Daily News | July 15, 2010

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli today raised questions about the service's Common Controller program -- a kind of beefed-up joystick for steering various unmanned systems from afar -- saying a similar functionality could be achieved with much cheaper, commercially derived gadgets.

Daily News | June 9, 2010

Officials from a trans-Atlantic consortium of defense contractors today said they would manufacture a new combat vehicle for the U.S. Army in the United States, stressing their offering's ability to make for a relatively stress-free ride that would help soldiers focus on the combat mission at hand.

Daily News | June 8, 2010

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) said today he would unveil a plan "very, very soon" that would have his panel look for cost saving measures at the Defense Department.

The Insider | June 8, 2010

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) today expressed hope China would come around and help "calm any passions" on the Korean peninsula following the alleged torpedoing of a South Korean vessel by the North.

Daily News | June 2, 2010

Defense Department acquisition chief Ashton Carter this week asked Congress to continue a troubled Army program designed to protect helicopters against infrared-guided missiles, while acknowledging that problems in one part of the program run deeper than previously assumed.

Daily News | May 20, 2010

German defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegman is expected to team up with Science Applications International Corp. and Boeing to compete for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle, offering the Puma armored vehicle design as the basis for its bid, government and industry sources in the United States and Europe said this week.

Daily News | May 18, 2010

The price of an Excalibur artillery munition is expected to double in the wake of a decision to reduce the amount of rounds the Army will buy, according to information provided by the service.

The Insider | May 18, 2010

U.S. Forces Korea Commander Army Gen. Walter "Skip" Sharp has canceled exercise "Courageous Channel 2010," which was to take place from May 20-24, according to a note on the 8th Army website.

Daily News | May 17, 2010

Bilaterial missile-defense cooperation between the United States and Israel continues to offer lessons on the technical aspects involved in knitting together international anti-missile systems into a larger shield that could one day protect Europe against Iranian missiles, according to U.S. European Command chief Adm. James Stavridis.

Daily News | May 13, 2010

House authorizers today voted to cut $891 million from the Army's premier force modernization effort amid concerns over the program's performance and following the service's decision last month to terminate the program's most expensive component, the Non-Line of Sight Launch System.

Daily News | May 12, 2010

A senior Pentagon official today dampened expectations that the military might soon be able to tell with certainty who is behind attacks against its networks, saying officials are resorting to an approach that forces perpetrators to reveal clues about themselves as the cost of remaining anonymous.

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