Army's Weapons Upgrade Faces Obstacles




 
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Army's Weapons Upgrade Faces Obstacles
 
April 11th, 2008  
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Topic: Army's Weapons Upgrade Faces Obstacles


Army's Weapons Upgrade Faces Obstacles
USA Today
April 11, 2008
Pg. 7

Budget constraints are likely to force the Army to cut back on the combat capabilities of the $159.3 billion system of vehicles, drones and communications that Boeing is developing for the service, congressional auditors said. There are "significant technical challenges" in producing software codes and communications for the Future Combat Systems program, the Government Accountability Office said.
Army cost estimates are based on "uncertain" data, and as the program moves to full production in 2013 it will compete for funding with the need to replace equipment lost or damaged in Iraq, the purchase of weapons and continued conversion of the force into brigades from divisions, GAO Director of Acquisition Management Paul Francis told a House Armed Services subcommittee.
 


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