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Old September 11th, 2015   #1
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LTG MacMaster recently gave a hint of the overall procurement direction he wants to move the U.S. army in. He will,give a full description at the upcoming AUSA meeting.

In brief, he wants to add greater lethality after the previous ten years focus in ME wars were more geared to vehicle protection. Most interesting was his desire to procure "off the shelf" technology to readily equip new Brigade teams.

He also stated he wants upgrade he current Styker units to more heavily armed Stykers, 50% would have a 30mm turret, 50% would have a Javelin mounted turret

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McMaster said one of the Army's current priorities for infantry brigade combat teams is to give them a high degree of mobility; capability that allows them to respond quickly, with low logistics demand and also the ability to operate in restricted and urban terrain.

The three-star said the Army will purchase "in the next year or so" three battalions worth of ground mobility vehicles. The service is "looking across industry for off-the-shelf capabilities that exist now" and will evaluate those for early entry forces in anti-access, aerial denial environments. These forces need to be able to move in, dismount, fire, maneuver against the enemy and control terrain, he said.

The Army also needs a light reconnaissance vehicle to equip the light cavalry squadrons so they can conduct offensive security operations "so finally when you are in close contact with the enemy in restricted urban terrain you better have mobile protected firepower," McMaster said.






McMaster Teases Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy To Be Revealed at AUSA

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LTG MacMaster recently gave a hint of the overall procurement direction he wants to move the U.S. army in. He will,give a full description at the upcoming AUSA meeting.

In brief, he wants to add greater lethality after the previous ten years focus in ME wars were more geared to vehicle protection. Most interesting was his desire to procure "off the shelf" technology to readily equip new Brigade teams.

He also stated he wants upgrade he current Styker units to more heavily armed Stykers, 50% would have a 30mm turret, 50% would have a Javelin mounted turret

Recent news article--

McMaster said one of the Army's current priorities for infantry brigade combat teams is to give them a high degree of mobility; capability that allows them to respond quickly, with low logistics demand and also the ability to operate in restricted and urban terrain.

The three-star said the Army will purchase "in the next year or so" three battalions worth of ground mobility vehicles. The service is "looking across industry for off-the-shelf capabilities that exist now" and will evaluate those for early entry forces in anti-access, aerial denial environments. These forces need to be able to move in, dismount, fire, maneuver against the enemy and control terrain, he said.

The Army also needs a light reconnaissance vehicle to equip the light cavalry squadrons so they can conduct offensive security operations "so finally when you are in close contact with the enemy in restricted urban terrain you better have mobile protected firepower," McMaster said.






McMaster Teases Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy To Be Revealed at AUSA



Interesting editorial from National Interest Magazine

Good comparison of tech etc, but a lot remains to be seen on the T14. Not only will it live up to the hype, but will it be fielded in number and perhaps most importantly how good will the crews perform





Russia's Armata T-14 Tank vs. America's M-1 Abrams: Who Wins? | The National Interest Blog

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Until I hear more about how the Armata can fight as a part of a networked force...
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Until I hear more about how the Armata can fight as a part of a networked force...


Agreed, and crew/team training and tactics still seem to be lacking the Russia
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Agreed, and crew/team training and tactics still seem to be lacking the Russia
Good to see MacMaster is still in and making a difference. I read something several years ago that he had been passed over and was unlikely to make Brigadier General before the powers that be came to their senses and gave him that well earned first star. Hard to believe the Battle of 73 Easting was almost a quarter of a century ago.
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Good to see MacMaster is still in and making a difference. I read something several years ago that he had been passed over and was unlikely to make Brigadier General before the powers that be came to their senses and gave him that well earned first star. Hard to believe the Battle of 73 Easting was almost a quarter of a century ago.


Yes Sir! Good leader, soldier's soldier that gets it. Hopefully the true leaders in the Pentagon outlast the current Administration and begin to rebuild what's actually needed for these modern times.

I think his vision for increasing lethality is in line with current and near future world situations.
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Funding allocated for US Army Styker leathality uogrades

The US senate has approved the leathality upgrades for the EU based


Strykers: Hill OKs $411M, With A Warning « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
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US army sending additional activity sets to Europe

WASHINGTON — The US Army is planning to set up more equipment caches — known as activity sets — in Europe as nerves continue to fray over Russia's incursion into Ukraine, putting eastern countries, particularly with ethnic ties to Russia, on alert.

Gen. Dennis Via, the commander of Army Materiel Command, told Defense News in an exclusive interview at the Association of the US Army's annual conference last week, that more caches are needed in Europe.

"There will be more activity sets," Via said. "We are looking at other options, what else we need."

So far, the Army is sending 200 M1 Abrams tanks — with the initial tranche of 90 already in the region — along with 120 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Paladin artillery systems, engineering equipment and a multitude of other equipment. The Army will also send 81 upgraded Strykers to Europe with new 30mm cannons in response to an urgent request.



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HS congress to discuss changes to GoldwTer-Nichols Act

Congress needs to review and revise the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which dictated major changes to the U.S. military’s acquisition system, the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., noted that it has been nearly three decades since the landmark legislation was passed, and said it was time for a “thorough and complete review” of the organizational structures that were put in place.

“Overall Goldwater-Nichols was a great success, we will all admit,” he said Oct. 20 during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank. “But times have changed over the last 30 years. The challenges have changed, a lot of things have changed. And so we’re committed to starting … hearings that review Goldwater-Nichols so that we can make the changes that are necessary.”

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US Army to purchase additional THAAD

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin announced Monday it locked-in a $528 million contract with the US Army to build more interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

A company spokesman said the contract funds cover "Lot 7 (FY15) and Lot 8 (FY16)" interceptors for the program. Lockheed delivered its 100th THAAD interceptor in 2015.

Lockheed Secures $528 Million US Army Contract for More THAAD Interceptors
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US Army to purchase additional THAAD

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin announced Monday it locked-in a $528 million contract with the US Army to build more interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

A company spokesman said the contract funds cover "Lot 7 (FY15) and Lot 8 (FY16)" interceptors for the program. Lockheed delivered its 100th THAAD interceptor in 2015.

Lockheed Secures $528 Million US Army Contract for More THAAD Interceptors
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US Army begins full rate production of M829E4

The US army is set to begin full rate production of its new 5th gen APFSDS-T DU round.
The round is optimized for Anti Tank work and is optimized for penetration and hitting against modern tanks with Active Protection systems and ERA such as the Armata





Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty | Article | The United States Army


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The US army will be testing a tablet translator developed by DARPA. Seems to me that later commercial development for the private sector will more than pay for the R&D costs, maybe not as successful as GPS but definitely worthwhile.

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The US Army in conjunction with the USMC is currently testing the Trophy protection system on 4 M1s. The intent is to access it on both the Abrams and Styker Family of vehicles. I see this as a step in a good direction given the increasing sophistication and proliferation or modern ATGMs


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AeroVironment begins US Army's Switchblade Block 10C production

Latest News: AeroVironment begins US Army's Switchblade Block 10C production

AeroVironment has started producing a Switchblade tactical missile system upgrade to address theUS Army's lethal miniature aerial missile system (LMAMS) capability. Known as Block 10C, the upgrade incorporates AeroVironment Digital Data Link (DDL) for improved communication security.

According to AeroVironment, the DDL provides a stable, encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands, thus reducing the chance of signal interception. The Switchblade Block 10C will enhance soldiers' capabilities in the field through encrypted operation and improved army-wide frequency de-confliction and management.
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