Articles on the latest developments and innovations in technology affecting landpower, the Army, and its soldiers.

Soldier-led Software Factory Opens in Austin

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Soldier-led Software Factory Opens in Austin

Success on the future battlefield against a near-peer adversary lies with the young men and women serving today, the nation’s top general said.

Speaking at the new Army Software Factory in Austin, Texas, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said the coding and computer work being done there is closely tied to the military’s transformation and modernization efforts.

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.

Bipartisan Task Force Focuses on Future

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Bipartisan Task Force Focuses on Future

A bipartisan House Armed Services Committee task force that spent a year focused on the challenging strategic environment facing the U.S. sees a window of opportunity for progress.

Speaking at the Hudson Institute, task force leaders Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana said DoD faces a pivotal period as it confronts current and evolving threats that require new concepts in warfighting and new technologies at a time when money to pay for the improvements could be scarce.

IVAS is Prime Example of Moving Fast

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IVAS is Prime Example of Moving Fast

The Army’s speedy efforts to field augmented reality glasses is a prime example of how the military can move quickly on technology if it tries, said Ellen Lord, the defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.