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JLTV: The Humvee’s Next Generation

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Replacing the Humvee for tomorrow’s soldiers

by Kevin Hunter

Replacing a legend is never easy, but the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is on track to do just that. DoD’s long-awaited replacement for the Humvee, JLTV will come in two variants—two-seat utility and four-seat close combat weapons carrier—and balance the “Iron Triangle” of protection, performance, and payload. With Milestone C testing complete, the Army expects down select to full-rate production contract award sometime late this summer. (more…)

Weekly Defense Notes

With the AUSA show over, TDM gets back to work. Here’s our (belated) rundown of interesting defense news from last week.

The JLTV program is dealing with significant uncertainty due to sequestration, the continuing resolution in Congress, and the government shutdown. Breaking Defense quotes one colonel as saying this is the “most depressing” situation he’s seen in 34 years of service. Evidently, testing on the 22 prototypes by AM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh stopped on four hours notice early this month. Now they are several weeks behind. Oh well, there’s always the Aztek!

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently came out with a study cheerfully entitled “Chaos and Uncertainty: The FY 14 Defense Budget and Beyond.” Among many interesting points, the study notes that the cost of one soldier in Afghanistan will be $2.1 million annually. Like other things in life, deployments must work on economies of scale.

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