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Cost estimates for Army equipment repair, upgrades go up by billions

April 16, 2008 Rebuilding the Army's equipment stocks that have been lost, damaged or worn down by combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost at least $190 billion from 2004 to 2013, according to a new report by government auditors. Total equipment costs will not be known for some years because repair ...

Defense corporations urge increase in weapons investment

April 15, 2008 The next administration should increase the Defense Department's budget and establish a floor for annual defense spending of no less than 4 percent of the gross domestic product, according to the aerospace and defense industry's trade association. With demands on the federal budget mounting due to deficits and growth in ...

Army must develop process to wage war in cyberspace

April 8, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With wars increasingly fought among the people, information is now an element of combat power as important as lethal action in determining a conflict's eventual outcome, said an Army officer who heads the services computer warfare efforts. Comment on this article in The Forum.The battle for a population's state of ...

Army urged to develop process to wage war in cyberspace

April 8, 2008 With wars increasingly fought among the people, information is now an element of combat power as important as lethal action in determining a conflict's eventual outcome, said an Army officer who heads the services computer warfare efforts. The battle for a population's state of mind demands a sophisticated information operations ...

Military analysts predict prolonged U.S. presence in Iraq

April 4, 2008 As Army Gen. David Petraeus prepares to deliver his assessment of post-surge progress on the Iraq war to Congress next week, analysts and military officials are saying that while violence in the country is down, the weakness of Iraq's central government and security forces means U.S. troops won't return home ...

Panel concludes Reserves need greater job flexibility, career choices

April 2, 2008 To attract the most sought-after employees, the Defense Department must adopt more flexible working environments, similar to the private sector's recognition that today's employees frequently change jobs during their lives, according to the final report on the future of the National Guard and Reserves. To compete for a shrinking pool ...

Getting Tanked

April 1, 2008 With a price tag of $160 billion, the Army's Future Combat Systems might be one tank too many. When the Defense secretary calls a weapons program unaffordable, it could spell trouble for its future. "If you look at the total cost of the Future Combat Systems, frankly, it is hard ...

Shortage of helicopters hampers troops in Afghanistan, observers say

March 31, 2008 When President Bush travels to the NATO summit this week he is expected to push member nations to commit additional ground forces to Afghanistan to battle a resurgent Taliban force. While additional troops will help, some say the need for more helicopters to ferry soldiers and equipment on the battlefield ...

Navy must start asking Congress for more money, says analyst

March 20, 2008 If the Navy doesn't want to end up on the losing side of the budget battle among the military services, it needs to start calling publicly for more money instead of flying below the radar, said a congressional budget expert earlier this week. Ron O'Rourke, a naval analyst with the ...

GAO: Military should consider breaking up FCS

March 14, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military leaders should consider breaking up the Army's troubled Future Combat Systems modernization program and field only a subset of the originally planned battle suite of armored vehicles, robots, aerial drones and sensors, if any of the components can be shown to actually work, congressional investigators said. A Government Accountability ...