Defense News is reporting that the Pentagon has awarded contracts worth more than $28 million each to BAE Systems Land and Armaments and General Dynamics Land Systems as part of the FFV (Future Fighting Vehicle.) The article describes the FFV program as a design contract that could yield a Bradley replacement or technology spin-outs to upgrade the Bradley. The FFV program is being described as a more pragmatic approach, as opposed to the failed Ground Combat Vehicle and the Future Combat Systems programs of the last two decades. Commented Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odiemo, “One of the problems we’ve had in the past with our major programs is that we tried to build the perfect vehicle. The requirements were so high they were difficult, they took a lot of time, they were over-budget, and we couldn’t meet them.” The article notes that the work is due Nov. 28, 2016.