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AUSA Focused on Budget, Modernization, Health

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Architect of the Capitol
Monday, March 25, 2019

The Association of the U.S. Army has unveiled its 10 focus areas for 2019 to fulfill its motto, “Voice for the Army—Support for the Soldier.”

The focus area list represents priorities for properly funding, maintaining, sustaining and modernizing America’s Army, including supporting soldiers and their families, retirees and their families, Department of the Army civilians and the Army’s many industry partners.

Funding tops the list, with special attention on having defense and veterans programs passed by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year and at adequate funding levels. This requires raising the defense funding caps in the Budget Control Act of 2011, avoiding sequestration cuts and supporting a fiscal 2020 budget that allows continued readiness improvements while also accelerating modernization.

AUSA, an educational nonprofit, also supports the U.S. Army Futures Command, established in 2018 and projected to reach full operational capability in August. The 2020 budget allocates about $30 billion to the Army’s top modernization priorities, which are being addressed by Futures Command.

The ongoing overhaul to the military health system is something that is getting close AUSA attention because of its implications on medical combat readiness and on patient care for soldiers, retirees and their families.

Competitive compensation and benefits for soldiers and Army civilians is another focus area, as well as talent management initiatives.

The full list is available here: https://www.ausa.org/2019-focus-areas