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In Today’s News May 21, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in News.
  • Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Army Chief Gen. George Casey said the FCS program had not yet been terminated, contradicting recent press reports. Speaking at a Washington event, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter said yesterday that DoD cancelled the entire FCS program, not just the manned ground vehicles. Casey told lawmakers that was not the case (the hearing webcast can be viewed here).
  • U.S. coalition forces need more equipment, supplies and helicopters with heavy engines to accompany thousands of troops on the way to Afghanistan, the top U.S. military official said.
  • U.S. House and Senate negotiators have hammered out a final version of defense acquisition legislation that would shake up the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and give the combatant commanders a greater say in deciding which weapons the Pentagon will buy.


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