Jen Judson is the land warfare reporter for Defense News. She has covered defense in the Washington area for nearly a decade. She was previously a reporter at Politico and Inside Defense. She won the National Press Club's best analytical reporting award in 2014 and was named the Defense Media Awards' best young defense journalist in 2018.
Toxic fumes from overcharging batteries halted full operational testing of the Army's newest variant of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and has delayed its progression toward a materiel release decision by almost a year.
The second Initial Operational Test & Evaluation for the UH-60V won't be held this fiscal year, the Army Aviation program executive officer said, as the service awaits certification to fly in national airspace and irons out software issues.
A captive-carry test for the multimode seeker, that will be integrated into the U.S. Army's Precision Strike Munition, is coming soon, as the service looks to find ways to speed up mating the seeker into the new long-range missile.
If the Pentagon applies plans prescribed in its most recent Missile Defense Review, the cost of missile defense over the next decade could rise as much as 40 percent over 2017 projections, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.