END OF THE M113 The Army has awarded BAE Systems contract modifications worth $575 million for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle. Plans are for the AMPV to replace the M113 armored personnel carrier, the Vietnam War-era “Aluminum Coffin” still in use in frontline combat brigades.
NGAUS HONORS NGAUS will honor two lawmakers this week for their support of the National Guard. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit on Monday for outstanding contributions to the Guard by an elected official. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., will receive the Montgomery Medal for outstanding support of NGAUS objectives later this week. Named for the late Rep. G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery of Mississippi, the medal is the association’s second highest honor.
NEW BODY ARMOR The Army is testing new, lighter body armor this year, according to Army Times. The kit will include protection for the torso, extremities, head and eyes, including a transitioning lens for sunglasses. Once approved, deploying units would be the first to receive the new gear.
HIGH DEMAND The Army has stopped taking orders for surplus M1911 .45 caliber pistols the service set aside for sale to the public. Officials said they have 19,000 requests for 8,000 pistols transferred to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for public sale. The process is taking longer than expected due to software issues and technical difficulties, according to the CMP website. Further details are available at the CMP website.
JLTV CONCERNS A Pentagon report is questioning the military’s newest ground vehicle, according to Military Times. A report published by the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation for the Defense Department cites a number of deficiencies with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, proclaiming that all variants are “not operationally suitable” due to issues in reliability, maintainability, training, manuals, crew situational awareness and safety. The report also found that the most heavily armed version is “not operationally effective.” The Army began fielding the JLTV earlier this year, beginning with a brigade at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
DRAFT UNCONSTITUTIONAL A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Selective Service System’s men-only draft unconstitutional due to changes that now allow women in combat roles in the military. The judge did not issue an injunction, meaning he did not order the government how to change the system to make it constitutional.