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Army Pushes Back on FCS

by: Matthew Potter
March 17, 2009

Category: Boeing, Business Line, Companies, Congress, development program, Events, Federal Budget Process, GAO, production program, SAIC, Services, U.S. Army | RSS 2.0

Due to its complexity, cost and risk the Future Combat System (FCS) program is required to have an annual report to Congress submitted by the GAO. This was done recently. The FCS is the largest and probably most complex program under development right now by the U.S. military. It is being managed and integrated by Boeing and SAIC. The GAO continues its negative view of FCS and the Temple Daily Telegram reports that the Army acquisition folks countered that with calls to reporters. FCS is a system of systems which will used wheeled armored vehicles, unmanned ground and aerial vehicles all linked by a variety of data links and systems. Its goal is to increase the speed, accuracy and response of the Army. Parts of it have been developed and deployed where they can in Afghanistan and Iraq. The current Stryker vehicle units are the interim step from the M1/M2 based units to the FCS. As it is the largest program in the Army consuming a few billion dollars a year and has risk it is obviously the place that Congress and the Obama administration is looking for cuts. Until the FY10 budget is released there will be this back-and-forth between the Army and other parts of the government as that service tries to preserve as much of the program as they can.

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