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McAleese & Associates: Army Officials Discuss Acquisition, Modernization Priorities at Congressional Hearings

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Consulting firm McAleese & Associates has released a report on the U.S. Army’s procurement and modernization plans as discussed by military officials at recent congressional hearings.

Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, both 2019 Wash100 winners, appeared Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the service branch’s acquisition priorities, Jim McAleese, founder and principal at McAleese & Associates, wrote in the report.

McAleese, a 2019 Wash100 recipient, noted the Army is committed to advancing the procurement of an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle; Extended Range Cannon Artillery; Iron Dome/Indirect Fire Protection Capability; and ground combat vehicle active protection systems.

Lt. Gen. Jim Richardson, deputy commander of Army Futures Command; Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology; and Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, deputy chief of staff of the Army G-8; discussed the service’s modernization plans at the Senate Armed Services air land subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

AFC plans to deploy its Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular in the fall and the Integrated Visual Augmentation System by 2022.

The Army expects three to five offerors for the OMFV program and plans to downselect in July for the Next-Generation Automatic Squad Weapon and Rifle initiative, which is expected to be fielded in late 2021, according to the report.

Other programs discussed at the Senate subpanel hearing include the Common Hypersonic Glide Body; Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft; Robotic Combat Vehicle Demonstration; and Stryker active protection system.

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