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Inside the Beltway
Army Announces Continued Investment
Decision for the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., October 3, 2014 - The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering
Center, in conjunction with the Program Executive Office, Aviation, announces the selection of two teams led by Bell Helicopter
Textron Inc. and Sikorsky-Boeing for continued investment under the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator Air Vehicle efforts.
These teams will build technology demonstration aircraft with flight tests starting in 2017. The two other JMR TD teams,
Karem Aircraft Inc. and AVX Aircraft Company, also offer technologies and configurations of interest. The Army will seek
to continue technology development efforts with those teams based on resources and opportunities. "The intent of the
JMR TD effort is to maximize the knowledge gain and risk reduction toward an anticipated Future Vertical Lift acquisition
program," said Dan Bailey, JMR/FVL Program Director. "The baseline strategy based on the current funding allocation
requires descope from the four initial designs to two for build and flight test."
Defense Systems Personnel
|Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, left, Adm. Bill Gortney, center, and Gen. John Campbell, right.
| Defense News notes that the Pentagon on recently announced a major change at the top of its training, counterterrorism and homeland security
efforts, naming new heads US Special Operations and Northern Command, along with a new leader of the NATO force in Afghanistan: -- Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to lead US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.
He would replace Army Gen. Charles Jacoby. -- Army Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, has been nominated to lead the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
He would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who has been nominated to be the next Marine Corps commandant. -- Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel has been nominated to receive a fourth star and to take over US Special Operations Command. He is the head of Joint
Special Operations Command (JSOC). He would replace Adm. William McRaven, who is retiring.
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