Equipment & Modernization

Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Forty-seven senators from both sides of the aisle have reminded the National Commission on the Future of the Army of the important role played by the reserve components and want commissioners to consider that role as they prepare their report for Congress and the... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) Two Republican House members believe the National Commission on the Future of the Army is taking a narrow approach to its task and have encouraged it to "identify areas where improvement can be made, and efficiencies found."   Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and Rep.... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The Air Force will make a decision soon about allowing enlisted airmen to pilot drone aircraft, according to Air Force Times. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the publication that the service is studying the issue and she will make a decision early... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The KC-46 tanker flew for the first time Friday after delays pushed the milestone back about a year. The Boeing aircraft spent about four hours in the air while pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems,... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The National Commission on the Future of the Army will soon focus on the issue of where to put the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters and one commissioner hopes it will find a "blended capability" solution, according to a report this week by Inside Defense.   The... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, received the inevitable question Friday about the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative when he addressed the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The ARI would remove all AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has questions for Defense Secretary Ash Carter about two Air Force programs. In letters to the Pentagon boss, McCain has asked for explanations regarding delays in the KC-46A aerial... Read more
Washington Report (August 18, 2015) NGAUS testified before the National Commission on the Future of the Army Tuesday, submitting a point-by-point rebuttal to claims made in written testimony earlier this year by Army leaders.    "We believe some critical facts were missing from the testimony, which... Read more