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Army to Launch JLTV Competition

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle - Photo Courtesy of the Army Times

Debt Crisis?  Bah!  The US Army has announced that it’s getting close to holding a full and open competition for its next generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  This ground pounding bad boy has brought out almost all of the stars in the prime contracting galaxy, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, AM General and General Dynamics; not to mention a huge network of subcontractors.

That the JLTV is nearly ready for prime time is not a huge surprise.  There has been plenty of coverage of the development phase here and elsewhere.  What is somewhat surprising is the timing of the announcement, what with all of the shenanigans  taking place in that big white building clearly visible across the Potomac from the Pentagon.   If the Army gets its way, the JLTV, along with the Humvee Recap and the upcoming Ground Combat Vehicle program, it would be making a huge investment in the ground vehicle inventory. We’ll just have to see what happens on Capitol Hill.

For a more in-depth analysis, check out Philip Ewing’s article on DoD Buzz.

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Joint Strike Fighter: The Map Says it All

Today’s modern weapons systems possess the most advanced features known to humanity: sophisticated avionics, advanced materials, high performance power plants, and most importantly… extremely well planned supply chains to ensure survivability.  To that end, take a look at Lockheed Martin’s newly released map of supply chain impacts of the F-35 around the United States.

Coming in at almost $150M annually, the 4 Northwest states didn’t do too badly, but given that the total life of the program is valued at $380B, you can imagine that a few states are doing pretty well (I’m looking at you CA, TX and, unexpectedly, NH.)  It doesn’t take a genius to understand how this map affects the political impact of the program.  While the F-35B may be on the proverbial hot seat, this shows you what an uphill battle opponents of the B-variant will have in killing it.

Take some time and enjoy the map in all of its glory here.

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