This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from last week's AUSA conference on Iron Dome, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program and more.
Army Maj. Gen. Brian Gibson, director of the Air and Missile Defense cross-functional team, spoke about his service's deployments of the Israeli Iron Dome system:
Army readying second Iron Dome battery; exploring role for 'stand-alone' Israeli system in U.S. architecture
The Army -- which earlier this month announced deployment of its first Iron Dome battery to Guam -- is "on track" to ready for deployment a second short-range air defense battery equipped with the Israeli-developed system by December, according to a senior leader, in accordance with statutory mandates to utilize the interim cruise missile defense capability which the service does not plan to fully integrate with other elements of its air- and missile-defense network.
Inside Defense interviewed George Mansfield, vice president and general manager for joint programs at Oshkosh Defense, at AUSA:
Oshkosh Defense remains committed to competing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle follow-on contract, even after the Army acknowledged it plans to purchase fewer vehicles than previously expected, according to a company executive.
Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, also spoke with Inside Defense at AUSA last week:
The Army will shift many of the 1st Cavalry Division's cavalry units up from the brigade level to create a battalion-sized cavalry unit at the division level in the summer of 2023, leaders from the Maneuver Center of Excellence told Inside Defense during an Oct. 11 interview at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington.
The Pentagon recently issued a notice on changing its acquisition regulations to incorporate climate change:
The Defense Department is seeking public comment on a proposed acquisition regulation that would require major federal suppliers to publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and "climate-related financial risk," while also mandating "science-based reduction targets."
The Army recently tested the new Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense capability at a range in Germany:
The first Army unit equipped with the new Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense capability conducted a first-ever, live-fire of the rapidly developed system this month -- a major milestone in the effort to harden U.S. ground forces in Europe from Russian threats.