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White House wants $550M for new critical munitions acquisition fund

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President Biden is asking lawmakers for $550 million to establish a new Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund plus billions of dollars to replenish U.S. military stocks in the wake of multiple security assistance packages for Ukraine. The initiative is part of a broader request for $33 billion in supplemental funding request for security, economic and humanitarian aid that the White House submitted to Congress Thursday. The $550 million would help to…

Upgraded Stinger missile could be fielded in the next year or two, Army chief says

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An improved version of the iconic Stinger missile could be fielded in the next year or two, the Army’s top officer told FedScoop. The man-portable Stinger anti-aircraft system gained fame during the 1980s when U.S.-backed fighters used them to great effect against Soviet forces that had invaded Afghanistan. The weapons are back in the news as the Ukrainian military uses them to shoot down and deter Russian aircraft during the…

Army acquisition executive sees potential for greater investment in loitering munitions

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The Army’s top weapons buyer sees loitering munitions as a growing area of technology that could see increased investment from the Department of Defense in the coming years. These types of systems, sometimes referred to as suicide drones, are different than the larger unmanned platforms that gained fame during the post-9/11 wars such as the MQ-9 Reaper. The latter uses sensors onboard the aircraft to find targets and then launches…

Nominee for Pentagon’s top acquisition post intends to prioritize munitions

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President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment said expanding munitions stockpiles for the U.S. military and international partners will be a top priority if he’s confirmed by the Senate. The importance of advanced munitions has been highlighted in recent weeks during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the large-scale Russian attack kicked off on Feb. 24, Ukrainian forces have put up stiff resistance…

US sending slew of additional weapons to Ukraine to thwart Russian invaders

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President Joe Biden has authorized the transfer of $800 million worth of additional weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine to help local forces take on Russian invaders, the White House announced Wednesday. The package includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, as well as 2,000 Javelins, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems. The weapons are designed to destroy planes, helicopters, tanks and other vehicles. The security assistance also…