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Lt. Gen. John Murray: Army Could Decide to Buy More JLTVs or Recap Humvees in 2018

U.S. Army officials have said the military service should decide soon if the branch will procure additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles or update its current Humvee fleet as part of modernization efforts, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Matthew Cox writes Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for financial management at the Army, told  members of …

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James Mattis Urges Congress to Authorize Extra $30B in Defense Funds for FY 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged Congress to approve President Donald Trump’s request for an additional $30 billion to fund defense programs, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Mattis told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee at a meeting held Wednesday the budget request is the first step in a three-part, multi-year effort to increase defense readiness. …

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DHS S&T Develops Training System to Aid TSA Airport Screening

The Office for Public Safety Research within the Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has built a training system designed to help Transportation Security Administration personnel conduct airport screening tasks. DHS said Wednesday the ScreenADAPT X-ray image analysis training system uses visual search research and eye-tracking technology to assess TSA officers’ visual …

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Army Creates Force Modernization Plan for 2020-2040 Time Frame

The U.S. Army expects to release this summer a maneuver force modernization strategy that describes what the military branch’s warfighters should do to counter potential threats between 2020 and 2040. The service branch said Tuesday it used data from the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s study on Russia’s utilization of artillery, electronic warfare and unmanned aerial systems to develop the strategy’s underlying …

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Navy Updates Tomahawk Weapons Control System for Surface, Subsurface Platforms

The U.S. Navy has added an updated a Lockheed Martin-built weapons control system to the service branch’s fleet that includes Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and nuclear powered cruise missile submarines. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office, designated as PMA-280, updated the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System‘s processors and software in an effort to avoid hardware obsolescence …

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DoD IG: Navy Lacks IT Strategy to Oversee Financial Mgmt Systems

The Defense Department‘s inspector general has reported that the U.S. Navy does not have an information technology strategy to oversee its financial management systems. DoD IG said Thursday auditors found that Navy personnel use financial management tools that do not meet standards for the preparation of auditable financial statements. The Navy and the Defense Finance and …

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Trump to Nominate Kearney & Co. Partner David Norquist as DoD Comptroller

President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate David Norquist, a partner at Alexandria, Virginia-based certified public accounting firm Kearney and Co., as defense undersecretary, comptroller. Trump revealed his plans to name Norquist and five other individuals to several positions at the Defense Department in a news release published Thursday. …

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