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Paul McLeary

Paul McLeary
U.S. Army Targets Vehicle Industrial Base 

Over the next several years, more than a few big-ticket items in the Army's annual budget will reach major milestones—transitioning from new-build production to long-term sustainment accounts. Overall, 37 Army systems will make that switch, moving Army dollars away from the production line to the often more complicated—and very expensive—world of spare parts, upgrades and reset contracts.

U.S. Army Using Field Testing To Streamline Procurement 

The U.S. Army is not sugarcoating it: The armed service is about to go through deep, emotionally wrenching changes. Even as the smell of cordite still hangs in the Afghan air, the service's chiefs are busy planning the Army's postwar posture and equipment needs.

U.S. Deploying Advanced Military Technology Along Mexican Border 

From the way that Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and other members of Congress grumbled when the Obama administration pulled 1,200 Army National Guard soldiers off the U.S.-Mexican border in February, you would think the White House threw open the gates and sent every uniformed U.S. service member home.

“It defies logic that we would remove the National Guard from the border when the border is not secure,” Poe said. “If anything, we need more National Guard troops.”

U.S. Army Fails To Brag To Congress About Force Structure Improvements 

In 2003, the U.S. Army began a major restructuring of its ground forces, moving the service away from its traditional division-based structure to a new, brigade-based format. But according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the service has failed to properly report its efforts to Congress.

New Border Tech Plan Taking Shape 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new plan for acquiring border surveillance technology looks strikingly like the U.S. Army’s new acquisition plan: define capability gaps and then put the word out to industry to see what mature technologies exist that might fit the bill.

Southern Command Looking For More Ships, ISR And Unmanned Assets 

U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, chief of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), says he could use more UAVs, ships, and surveillance technology, such as foliage-penetrating radar that can spot insurgents and drug runners in the triple canopy jungles of Latin America.

But the general is also realistic. With the war in Afghanistan still under way, Fraser knows getting that gear to the Southern Command theater of operations is easier said than done.

Army Expands List Of European Platforms In GCV Testing 

FORT LAUDERDALE – The Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle program has made it clear that the vehicles it is sending to the White Sands Missile Range this spring for “non-developmental” technology assessments are not being considered as replacements for the two technology demonstration vehicles being built by teams being led by BAE Systems and General Dynamics.

But the list of vehicles the Army wants to evaluate keeps growing.

New Army Testing Program Experiencing ‘Growing Pains’ 

The Army was more than happy to talk about its new “Agile Process” acquisition strategy during last week’s Association of the United States Army convention in Florida, trumpeting its ability to evaluate new nondevelopmental technologies in an operational setting at Fort Bliss, Texas, where the service fields an entire brigade of infantrymen whose sole job is to put new gear through the wringer.

JLTV, GCV Survive But Face Competitions 

When the U.S. Army's chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, identified the service's top three acquisition priorities in January, two were new ground vehicles. At the time, it was not much of a surprise—even at the end of a decade in which the service fell in love with the Stryker vehicle and spent almost $50 billion to build more than 25,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) variants.

Conspiracies Of Optimism, Cost-cutting Plague Programs 

Major acquisition programs fail more often than not.

Despite Drawdowns, Iraq and Afghan Sustainment Continues 

Equipping the armed forces of one country during wartime is extraordinarily expensive. Equipping two—as the U.S. has since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan—borders on the absurd. But that's exactly the world we've been living in over the past 10 years, and the bills are beginning to come due.

Army Pushing New Acquisition Plan At AUSA 

FORT LAUDERDALE – Spend a little time around Army acquisition staffers these days and you’ll hear the term repeated again and again: the Agile Process. Unlike some of its more obtuse cousins, however, this latest bit of Pentagonese is actually pretty easy to wrap your head around. Once the Army identifies a capability gap that it decides it needs filled, it kicks off the acquisition process by first sitting down with industry to determine what mature capabilities they already have that might fit the bill.

Army Leaders Confident About Vehicle Programs
The Army has big plans for its fleets of Strykers, Bradleys, Abrams tanks and aging M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.
Homeland Security Funding To Dip; Research Request Surges 

Like most everyone else in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s budget request has been trimmed slightly for fiscal 2013. In documents released Feb. 13, the agency asks Congress for $44.9 billion for fiscal 2013, down from the $46.2 billion it was budgeted in fiscal 2012.

U.S. Army Investing In Network And Communications Upgrades 

The sleeper hit of the U.S. Army’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal may just be its network and communications modernization program, as encapsulated in the Network Integration Evaluation effort that takes place twice a year at Fort Bliss, Texas.

It’s there that the Army puts an entire Brigade Combat Team (BCT) in the field to take part in weeks of operational assessments of dismounted and vehicle-mounted radios, handheld devices, sensors and surveillance equipment, while linking them though a single robust battlefield network.

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