After years of work, Bell Helicopter and a Boeing-Sikorsky team are preparing for flight trials of the joint multi-role technology demonstrator, a precursor to the Army’s highly anticipated future vertical lift program.
A new armored truck designed to replace the Humvee is being praised as a model of procurement, but industry analysts and military officials say that the Army and Marine Corps are not buying joint light tactical vehicles fast enough to keep up with the services’ needs.
The Obama administration had postured the military to become smaller but more technologically advanced, with expansion focused on special operations teams, naval and air forces, and the Big Army would be substantially reduced.
One of Ashton Carter’s legacies during the two years he served as secretary of defense will be his campaign to reach out to Silicon Valley and other geographical centers of innovation to tap into the brainpower of both startups and tech giants.
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