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U.S. Army looks to Air Force for future air defenses
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017

Cubic Global Defense to continue training support for U.S. Army
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017 - Cubic Global Defense will continue to provide support training services for the U.S. Army's Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana.

The services -- under a U.S. Army Contracting Command award – will support rotational and pre-deployment training exercise requirements from April 1 to August 24.

"Cubic has served the JRTC since 2001, assisting the Army in training more than 149 brigade combat team and over one million soldiers," Bill David, vice president and program manager of JRTC, Cubic Global Defense, said in a press release. "Ensuring readiness is critical for the Army's combat teams, and so we appreciate the continued confidence the U.S. Army has in Cubic and our program teams' ability to deliver exemplary service."

Cubic said it is to continue to assist the JRTC with integrating U.S. and allied forces into rotational training exercises through scenarios focused on decisive action and theater-specific operational environments.

The exercises for units deploying overseas include situational training, live-fire, force-on-force and integrated training. Expanded role play, technical support for combat training instrumentation, battlefield effects, video and cultural role players are included.

U.S. Air Force Close Air Support and Air Mobility units will be fully integrated into the play of each exercise.

The contract, worth more than $42 million, includes Phase Out requirements from August 25 to October 23, 2017.

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force may soon cooperate on developing new capabilities to strengthen the ground force's air defenses.

The Army announced it is considering partnering with the Air Force just weeks after publishing an outline on future combat operations with the U.S. Marine Corps. According to the white paper, Russia and China are actively enhancing their own integrated defense systems, underlining a need for the U.S. to do the same.

Army officials say new air defenses are needed to free up air space for friendly aircraft to help infantry units to mobilize more easily.

"We would work on the air defense and the Air Force would be able to come in and conduct the missions that they need to conduct," Maj. Gen. Bo Dyess told an audience during the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium. "It's a symbiotic relationship and we all need to work together to achieve the mission."

Dyess went on to stress the urgency behind developing stronger air defenses, saying capability gaps could prove disastrous for the branch in the event of a major future conflict.

"We don't want to be surprised on the future battlefield," Dyess added. "If we're surprised on the future battlefield, that means Soldiers, Marines, Airmen are going to be killed. In order to not be surprised, we have to question the assumptions that we have."

Army leaders plan on meeting with industry partners to discuss current capability gaps in August.

Northrop Grumman providing targeting pods for Danish F-16s
Copenhagen (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Northrop Grumman has been contracted to provide LITENING advanced targeting pods for Denmark's F-16 fleet. In a statement announcing the deal, Northrop Grumman said the Danish air force was its first international customer to purchase the equipment, and that the branch plans to expand the product's use to additional aircraft. "As a key member of NATO, Denmark supports a wide rang ... read more

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