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Despite budget crunch, JLTV purchase plans remain unchanged

Posted October 28, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

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Holloman tests new warhead on high-speed track

Posted October 28, 2013 by Army SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department announced Oct. 24 the successful testing of an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, a critical part of a national effort to establish a conventional prompt strike capability. This capability will contribute to the country to defend its interests with precision weapons at hypersonic speeds. During an interview with American Forces Press Service,…

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Hagel says NATO’s Afghanistan planning on track

Posted October 23, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu after a meeting of defense ministers from NATO and partner countries that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 23, 2013. Hagel met with several defense counterparts regarding NATO’s…

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Army researchers meet need for Marines’ assault vehicles

Posted October 23, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Courtesy photograph The Emergency Egress Lighting System for the Marine Corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicle is designed to assist Marines when escaping an AAV in a submersible emergency. When the vehicle flips or goes underwater, a set of lights turn on to guide crew members to the exit hatches. The new system on the AAV is…

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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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Future uncertain for Ground Combat Vehicle, Armed Aerial Scout

Posted October 23, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, speak Oct. 21, 2013, at a modernization press conference at AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As a result of fiscal “belt tightening, the…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million in productivity

Posted October 21, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagons top financial officer said Oct. 17. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs…

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Shutdown effects continue on Defense Department, Hagel says

Posted October 21, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference Oct 17. At the shutdown’s height, more than 400,000 Defense Department civilian employees were furloughed because of the lapse of appropriations for the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1….

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Wing surpasses 2,000 sled test missions

Posted October 21, 2013 by

The 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., recently reached a historic testing milestone this summer.

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Military to reduce community, public outreach

Posted October 21, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic…

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