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Army Could Reorganize to Push Modernization

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U.S. Army
Friday, October 06, 2017

Army leaders are considering a major reorganization that would consolidate all aspects of weapons and equipment modernization into a single command.

The initiative, aimed at streamlining a cumbersome process now spread across several commands, is expected to be a major topic of discussion during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, which gets underway Monday, Oct. 9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The command doesn’t have a name, it isn’t clear where it will be located and the rank of its commander and the exact number of people who’d be assigned hasn’t been determined.

But the purpose is clear. Army leaders hope that creating a single command that reports directly to senior leaders will be able to more directly incorporate warfighter requirements and reduce the time to takes to do the experiments, prototyping, acquisition and training needed to field vital systems.

“This strategy has one focus: make soldiers more lethal,” officials say in briefing papers prepared in advance of the expected Oct. 9 announcement.

The Army’s most immediate needs are well known. It has six modernization priorities: long-range precision fires, next generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift, Army network, air and missile defense, and soldier lethality.