2 avril 2024 | International, Aérospatial

Pentagon space strategy stresses need to protect commercial satellites

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    26 février 2020 | International, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    US Army wants $364 million for Defender Pacific in FY21

    By: Jen Judson WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is requesting $364 million to conduct a division-sized exercise in the Indo-Pacific region in fiscal 2021, the service confirmed to Defense News. Yet, the cost breakout details are classified, according to an Army spokeswoman. The exercise is fueled by a rising China, characterized in the National Defense Strategy as a long-term, strategic competitor of the United States. The NDS lays out a world where great power competition rather than counterterrorism will drive the Defense Department's decision-making and force structure. While the U.S. Army has 85,000 permanently stationed troops in the Indo-Pacific region and is already conducting exercises such as Pacific Pathways with allies and partners, the service is aiming to practice rapid deployment from the continental United States to the Pacific. In FY20, the Army will conduct a smaller version of Defender Pacific while Defender Europe will get more investment and focus. But then attention and dollars will swing over to the Pacific in FY21. Defender Europe will be scaled back in FY21. The Army is requesting just $150 million to conduct the exercise in Europe, according to the Army. This year it has been reported that Defender Europe, already underway with troops and equipment arriving at ports on the continent this month, will cost about $340 million, which is roughly in line with what the service is requesting in FY21 for the Pacific version. The only specific funding lines broken out for the FY21 Defender Pacific exercise is home station training; it's unclear if those numbers are included in the total cost. The Army is requesting $150,000 for home stationing training devoted specifically for Defender Pacific and is also asking for another $214,252 for an “expanded level deployment exercise that demonstrates employment of [Continental United States]-based forces into the Pacific Theater,” according to budget documents. The funds include additional transportation, maintenance and operations for the exercise. Defender Pacific will build upon the U.S. Army's expanding role in the region. The service is already growing its Pacific Pathways exercise series and plans to focus on reinforcing the Oceania region this year. The series began in 2014 and has supported training efforts that satisfy bilateral needs between the U.S. Army and its allies and partners in the region in roughly three rotations each year for about 10 months total. Last year, Pacific Pathways shifted from shorter rotations that involved more countries to longer visits that involve fewer countries as a way to improve bilateral relations. And participation has grown from a battalion-sized task force to roughly the size of a brigade. The Defender series is intended to be a regular exercise each year in the Pacific and Europe with the regions trading off being the larger exercise every other year. https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/02/25/army-wants-364-million-to-put-on-defender-pacific-in-fy21/

  • MCO : les contrats verticalisés augmentent la disponibilité des aéronefs des armées

    20 janvier 2022 | International, Aérospatial

    MCO : les contrats verticalisés augmentent la disponibilité des aéronefs des armées

    La nouvelle stratégie de soutien des matériels aéronautiques des armées « commence à porter ses fruits », relève La Tribune. Lors d'un point presse en ce début d'année, le ministère des Armées a communiqué sur les succès de la stratégie de contrats verticalisés. En 2017, pour le MCO d'un aéronef, le ministère pouvait passer jusqu'à 30 contrats de maintenance différents, là où il y a désormais pour chaque flotte un maître d'œuvre de la maintenance, avec un guichet unique pour la logistique, explique La Tribune. La durée des contrats a également été allongée (jusqu'à 14 ans pour la flotte Mirage 2000). « L'industriel a tous les leviers en main. Il dispose de la visibilité, de la durée, il a l'ensemble de la chaîne à sa responsabilité. Il peut donc planifier, il peut donc recruter, il peut investir, il peut innover, il peut anticiper les obsolescences techniques. Il a une rémunération incitative qui est fondée majoritairement sur le nombre d'heures de vol, ce qui lui donne une motivation à ce que nos forces puissent voler », a fait valoir Monique Legrand-Larroche, directrice de la DMAé (Direction de la Maintenance Aéronautique). La Tribune du 19 janvier

  • Air Force eyes contract for AWACS replacement in 2023

    11 février 2022 | International, Aérospatial

    Air Force eyes contract for AWACS replacement in 2023

    The Air Force wants to know how a potential contractor would provide at least two prototype replacements for the AWACS by 2028.

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