Tags Munitions

Pentagon acquisition chief sees ‘lots of different options’ for procuring kamikaze drones

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The DOD's top weapons buyer doesn't see supply chain issues or industrial base shortfalls when it comes to loitering munitions.

Pentagon aiming to buy hypersonic missiles for $5M-10M per round

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The DOD has already spent billions of dollars on research, development, test and evaluation for these types of systems, and officials hope to transition them into production soon.

Ukraine-Russia war teaching US military a lesson about secure communications

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The ongoing war in Ukraine is teaching the U.S. Army a lesson about the need for secure battlefield communication and the potential for soldiers to undermine it. Russian troops there have reportedly been using unencrypted devices, including their personal cell phones, to talk to other units and people back home. That has made them vulnerable to Ukrainian forces who can eavesdrop on what they’re saying and pinpoint their locations. “We…

Army inks unique R&D agreement with consortium on advanced weapons development

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An Army Futures Command component tasked with driving research and engineering of high-tech weapons formally agreed to collaborate with a growing consortium of nearly 1,000 companies and universities to advance armaments development. The initial focus will be on making integrated circuit chips customized for tri-service munitions. Cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) are vehicles that enable federal entities to combine resources and engage in R&D with non-government institutions to unlock…

White House wants $550M for new critical munitions acquisition fund

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President Biden is asking lawmakers for $550 million to establish a new Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund plus billions of dollars to replenish U.S. military stocks in the wake of multiple security assistance packages for Ukraine. The initiative is part of a broader request for $33 billion in supplemental funding request for security, economic and humanitarian aid that the White House submitted to Congress Thursday. The $550 million would help to…

Army acquisition executive sees potential for greater investment in loitering munitions

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The Army’s top weapons buyer sees loitering munitions as a growing area of technology that could see increased investment from the Department of Defense in the coming years. These types of systems, sometimes referred to as suicide drones, are different than the larger unmanned platforms that gained fame during the post-9/11 wars such as the MQ-9 Reaper. The latter uses sensors onboard the aircraft to find targets and then launches…

Nominee for Pentagon’s top acquisition post intends to prioritize munitions

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President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment said expanding munitions stockpiles for the U.S. military and international partners will be a top priority if he’s confirmed by the Senate. The importance of advanced munitions has been highlighted in recent weeks during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the large-scale Russian attack kicked off on Feb. 24, Ukrainian forces have put up stiff resistance…