Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on Army Modernization

McConville on Budget: ‘We Cannot Waste One Dollar’

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McConville on Budget: ‘We Cannot Waste One Dollar’

Balancing the Army’s current and future needs is a “delicate endeavor,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said. “We’re in a challenging time right now,” he said. 

Speaking May 13 during McAleese and Associates’ annual defense conference, McConville said the Army and its sister services must keep an eye on the future and prepare for an increasingly challenging operating environment.

Shrinking Budget, Growing Threats Challenge Army

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Shrinking Budget, Growing Threats Challenge Army

After a “dynamic and challenging” year, the Army continues to eye growing threats around the world while working to maintain soldier readiness and pursue its modernization priorities, the service’s senior leaders said.

“The list of what could happen in the next year is quite long, and it creates significant challenges that our men and women in uniform deal with so admirably each time they get faced with a problem,” Acting Army Secretary John Whitley said May 10 at a virtual event hosted by the Atlantic Council.

Army Faces ‘Challenging Year,’ Warns Panel Chairwoman

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Army Faces ‘Challenging Year,’ Warns Panel Chairwoman

The Army “is in a great place, but we still have significant work to do,” Acting Army Secretary John Whitley said in May 5 testimony before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

Soldier Readiness Remains High Despite Challenges

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Soldier Readiness Remains High Despite Challenges

The Army continues to have trained and ready troops and units despite cultural and fiscal challenges and busy operational requirements, the commander of Army Forces Command said.

Gen. Michael Garrett, who took command of Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, two years ago, said his top responsibility is to provide troops to “fight tonight,” but he and his team also have worked hard to create opportunities for important conversations between leaders and soldiers across the force and provide stable and predictable deployment cycles.

Growing Threats Challenge U.S. and Allies

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Growing Threats Challenge U.S. and Allies

A new unclassified global threat assessment from the U.S. intelligence community has the same old rivals: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. 

Big Expenses Ahead for Ground Combat Vehicles

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Big Expenses Ahead for Ground Combat Vehicles

Modernization and transformation of the Army’s fleet of ground combat vehicles will cost about $5 billion a year through 2050, an expense that includes research, development, test, evaluation and procurement, according to estimates prepared by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. 

This is just part of the Army’s financial burden for transformation that includes hypersonic missiles and vertical lift; advancements in air and missile defense, navigation, networks and communications; improved training methods and increased lethality for soldiers.  

‘Campaign of Learning’ Continues with Tech Gains

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‘Campaign of Learning’ Continues with Tech Gains

The Army is teaming up with the other services as it gears up for Project Convergence 21, the next big event in its ongoing effort to test new and developing technologies. 

Led by Army Futures Command and announced in 2020, Project Convergence is a series of demonstrations and experiments that Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Futures Command, has called the Army’s “campaign of learning.” 

The first event took place last fall at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

Hope for Larger Army Faces Fiscal Reality

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Hope for Larger Army Faces Fiscal Reality

While he'd like a bigger Army, Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said, troop levels are unlikely to grow in the face of flat or declining budgets.

Maintaining the current 485,000-person Regular Army is a satisfactory temporary measure to fund modernization and readiness programs when money is tight, McConville said March 30 during a virtual event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

“I would like to grow it more,” he said. 

Critical Requirements Come First at Army Depots

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Critical Requirements Come First at Army Depots

Depot-level maintenance and reporting are challenges for the Army, Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy Army chief of staff for logistics, told Congress. 

“We are executing our most critical requirements, but our critical requirements don’t always fulfill our core workload requirements,” Gamble told a House subcommittee at a hearing focused on the need for the military’s organic industrial base to support modernization efforts.