The U.S. Army has proposed 12 mission-critical acquisition programs in the military branch’s $127 billion budget request for fiscal 2016, the Army News Service reported Monday.
“These are programs with high-dollar investment by the nation and they also provide very increased capability to the soldier and they nest within our broad priorities within the strategy as well,” said Col. Brian Halloran, Army’s G-8 force development division chief for plans, strategy and policy.
C. Todd Lopez writes the military service seeks funds to implement communications systems, including the Nett Warrior, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Joint Battle Command-Platform and Distributed Common Ground System.
The budget also includes the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle development initiative with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Col. Michel Russell, Army G-8 FD division chief for focused logistics, said the branch aims to award a JLTV production contract to one of three contractors pursuing the program in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year.
The Army also requested funds for its Maneuver Support Vessel, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, UH-60 Black Hawk, Patriot Missile and Paladin Integrated Management programs.
Lopez said the programs are intended to help soldiers in mission command, joint combined arms maneuver or broad joint mission support.