Marines move carefully toward new amphibious combat vehicles

Defense News WASHINGTON — This past spring, the US Marine Corps quietly asked some well-known names in the defense industry to start working on six-month trade studies that would help define requirements for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the follow-on to its $3 billion Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) failure. The trade studies were recently extended by another six months, Defense News has learned, as the Corps struggles to replace its 40-year-old Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) with a ... More

Sequestration could stall plans for Humvee replacements

By Rick Barrett Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Plans to replace thousands of U.S. military vehicles, potentially worth billions of dollars in business for truck-maker Oshkosh Corp., could be at risk from government spending cuts. Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out a worst-case scenario for the military if the Pentagon is forced to slash more than $50 billion from the 2014 budget and $500 billion over the next 10 years as a result of congressionally mandated automatic spending cuts known as seques ... More

What is Military Procurement?

Military procurement is the management of a nation's investments in technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve its National Security Strategy and support its Armed Forces. The goal is to rapidly acquire quality products that fulfill user needs with improvements to mission capability at an equitable price.  The US Defense Acquisition University (DAU) defines procurement as the act of buying goods and services for the government. DAU defines acquisition as the conceptualization ... More