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Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

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The Army is fighting institutionalized racism and needs to see troops as individuals with distinct experiences instead of as a homogeneous unit, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said Friday. The Army doesn't have a problem with diversity, but inclusion, McConville said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. Advertisement The service branch is already relatively diverse -- the Army is 39% minority, while only 24% of the country is minority. But diversity drops off in higher ranks; 71% of officers are white. In addition to the Army's overt efforts to combat racism, such as effectively banning Confederate flags, promotion boards no longer see photos of candidates to prevent implicit bias, he said. The Air Force has also been discussing race and diversity this su...
U.S. Army requests design proposals to replace M-2 Bradley tank

U.S. Army requests design proposals to replace M-2 Bradley tank

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July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army announced a request for proposals on Friday for preliminary designs of the tank meant to replace the long-serving M-2 Bradley tank. Digital designs from up to five contractors will be chosen to compete in a preliminary design review of the vehicle, currently referred to as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle. The request is the first phase of a five-phase process to choose a new design. Advertisement "We are looking forward to receiving feedback and learning from industry what's in the realm of the possible as we continue to develop this truly transformational vehicle for our soldiers," Maj. Gen. Brian Cummings, program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems, said in a statement. The competition has been delayed several times but now is said to be on...
U.S. Army plans adoption of Next Generation Squad Weapon

U.S. Army plans adoption of Next Generation Squad Weapon

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May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon will be tested by Army Rangers, Green Berets and special operations ground forces, an Army official said. NGSW prototypes from Sig Sauer Inc., General Dynamics and Textron Systems are in their final phase of soldier evaluation, with formal testing of weapons and ammunition scheduled for December. The final design is expected to be named in 2022, with the weapons arriving in the field a year later. "We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Army's 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapons," Col. Joel Babbitt, of Program Executive Officer Special Operations Forces Warrior, told Military.com. "We expect there will be Next Generation Squad Weapons in our formations as soon as we can receive them via fielding." The prototypes use ammunitio...
Army solicits bids for wearable technology to detect COVID-19 in early stages

Army solicits bids for wearable technology to detect COVID-19 in early stages

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May 9 (UPI) -- The Army is requesting bids for a $ 25 million contract for wearable sensors to detect early symptoms of COVID-19. "There is a dire and urgent need for development of rapid, accurate wearable diagnostics to identify and isolate pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases and track/prevent the spread of the virus," said the request for proposals issued this week. The RFP does not specify where on the body the device should be worn, and companies bidding for the contract were encouraged to make use of existing technology as much as possible. The RFP was issued by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, which collaborates with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. The device would allow military services to isolate service members with early symptoms so they can be...
Oshkosh Defense nabs $407.3M to procure JLTVs for Army

Oshkosh Defense nabs $407.3M to procure JLTVs for Army

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Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $ 407.3 million contract modification to procure joint light tactical vehicles for the U.S. Army, the Pentagon announced Friday. The JLTV was developed by the U.S. Marines and the Army as a replacement for Humvee. They vehicles, the first of which were made ready for use in August, offer different variants with multiple mission package configurations, including packages for personnel, heavy guns and close combat weapons. The contract is funded by fiscal 2018 and 2020 Army and Marine Corps procurement funds as well as foreign military sales funds, which were obligated at the time of the award. Work on the contract will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2022. Let's block ads! (...