Ground Forces in the News - June 26, 2014

Jun 26, 2014

Amos rejects recent critique of amphibious combat vehicle
June 26, 2014
Marine Corps Times
By Hope Hodge Seck

"The commandant of the Marine Corps pushed back on criticism of the Marines’ amphibious combat vehicle Tuesday, calling development of the vehicle his top priority for the remainder of his tenure.

During a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., Amos said the ACV was his “number one operational priority,” and said a lighter, less-armored version was not feasible. Survivability standards set by the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in the mid-2000s provided a new baseline for armored protection, Amos said, and the ACV would have at least as much protection as the MRAP, if not more.

"'I can spend a lot of money and I can buy a vehicle that the American people will not, ladies and gentlemen, send their sons and daughters into combat in; they will not permit that. And Congress will not,' Gen. Jim Amos said. 'And shame on me if I were to try.'"

AMRDEC’s Bruce Tenney on the Scope, Goals, and Timeframe of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Program

Jun 25, 2014

Duration: 00:06:15

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In this February 21. 2014 interview, Bruce Tenney, Chief of Advance Design at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, discusses the framework and structure of the FVL initiative and the desire to create a more modern family of four classes of rotorcraft. Tenney details the next steps to align budgets, resources, and operational imperatives.

AMRDEC’s Bruce Tenney on the Relationship Between the Future Vertical and Joint Heavy Lift Programs

Jun 25, 2014

Duration: 00:09:00

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In this February 21. 2014 interview, Bruce Tenney, Chief of Advance Design at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, describes the relationship and differences between future vertical lift and joint heavy lift initiatives. Tenney also discusses the evolution of the idea of having a joint family of aviation assets and how this idea has led to the current modern visions for future vertical and heavy lifts.

AMRDEC’s Bruce Tenney on the Implications of Growing Anti-Access/Area Denial Threats for Future Rotorcraft

Jun 25, 2014

Duration: 00:09:18

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In this February 21. 2014 interview, Bruce Tenney, Chief of Advance Design at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, discusses the issues posed by the proliferation of A2/AD technologies. Tenney discusses what advanced vertical lift can mean for the Army and how increased speed and range from future rotorcraft can help overcome threats from non-state actors. He sees the depth, endurance, and speed of Vertical Take Off and Landing craft as critical to future operations.

AMRDEC’s Bruce Tenney on the Technologies with the Greatest Potential to Advance Rotary Wing Capabilities

Jun 25, 2014

Duration: 00:03:04

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In this February 21. 2014 interview, Bruce Tenney, Chief of Advance Design at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, discusses several technologies which could advance rotorcraft aviation. He sees advances in almost all areas of “what makes a rotorcraft a rotorcraft,” underscoring the importance of developing modern rotors and engines. Tenney also comments on the need to operate across the spectrum of altitudes and with variable speeds, and best to achieve these goals.

Sergei Shoigu: Progress Report on Military Modernization

Jun 25, 2014

By Paul N. Schwartz

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When Sergei Shoigu was appointed Minister of Defense on November 6, 2012, Russia was in the midst of its most sweeping military reforms since World War II. These reforms were undertaken largely in response to the 2008 Georgia War, when organizational, readiness and equipment problems seriously impeded military performance. The goal of reform was and is to develop a military better suited for modern warfare. Shoigu was assigned to carry through on reform efforts begun by his predecessor, Anatoly Serdiukov. Since Shoigu has now completed eighteen months in office, we can better assess whether he is on track to accomplish the mission.

Ground Forces in the News - June 24, 2014

Jun 24, 2014

Why Can’t America Build a Decent Landing Craft Any More?
June 24, 2014
War is Boring
By Steve Weintz

"In recent decades, the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars trying, and failing, to solve a straightforward military problem. How to haul people and equipment between ships at sea … and beachheads on land.

The Defense Department’s “surface-connector” shortfall illuminates fundamental flaws in the political-industrial-military system. In theory, these institutions together are supposed to produce the weaponry American troops need at a cost taxpayers can afford and in time to be actually useful.

In fact, the military-industrial-political complex is a tangle of perverse incentives. The systems energetically produces multi-billion-dollar stealth drones, electric battleships and high-tech missile interceptors.

But something as simple as a powered barge—the most basic and useful of sea connectors—has proved too much, or too little, for the military, industry and politicians to handle."

Ground Forces in the News - June 23, 2013

Jun 23, 2014

Special Forces conducts Naval training as Army emphasizes amphibious
June 23, 2014
Military Times
By Lance M. Bacon

"Army Special Forces teamed up with the Gator Navy in April for training and managed to pull off a seemingly unprecedented feat: Simultaneously launching six helicopters from a two-spot dock landing ship.

The Oak Hill, while in the Atlantic, served as the landing pad for the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), better known as the “Night Stalkers,” who also practiced fast-roping to the ship from helicopters.

That’s the sort of tactic used to board noncompliant ships — a mission traditionally run by Navy SEALs and Marine Corps’ Maritime Raid Forces, in the latest sign the Army is boosting its amphibious operations as it emerges from a decade of land warfare."

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Ground Forces in the News - June 17, 2013

Jun 17, 2014

Commentary: Tricky Waters of Comparing Shipbuilding Costs
June 16, 2014
Defense News
By Robert Holzer

“As the US Navy’s Small Surface Combatant Task Force presses ahead to develop future ship options, the issue of comparative shipbuilding costs continues to raise concerns. This is particularly the case when attempting to compare costs between different types and classes of warships, sometimes acquired decades apart.

While it seems simple enough, in actuality it is very difficult to do correctly. Failure to fully understand this issue could lead to a kind of actuarial sea blindness.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert stood up the task force following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to buy only 32 littoral combat ships, while directing the Navy to develop new options for a small surface combatant. Options publicly identified include continuing LCS as is, buying an upgraded version of existing LCS designs or building a new ship. The task force’s conclusions are due in July.”

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