After proving itself in operations in Afghanistan, the WIN-T is now set to begin full-rate production. Under a $219 million contract for WIN-T Increment 2 awarded by the U.S. Army to General Dynamics in June 2015, more than 300 vehicle-based network communication nodes will be produced, plus related equipment and materials. WIN-T Increment 2 (the system’s second installment) is the Army’s communications backbone, providing secure, on-the-move communications, mission command and situational awareness for commanders and their soldiers. The order allows the Army to continue fielding WIN-T Increment 2 to Army units currently scheduled to receive the system. Continue reading →
The U.S. Navy came out as the clear winner in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY16 defense authorization bill, receiving funding for additional aircraft, ships, and weapons. The results were more mixed for the Air Force and Army. The legislation, approved by the SASC on May 14 by a vote of 22 to four, supports the president’s budget request level of $612 billion for the Department of Defense and security programs in the Department of Energy. That level exceeds current defense budget caps, so the committee provides an additional $38 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to spending limits. This move mirrors the GOP budget resolution, as well as the House’s version of the FY16 defense policy bill.