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

Army Expanding Space Training

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Army Expanding Space Training

Army space leaders are trying to educate soldiers about how the force heavily relies on space-enabled capabilities.

Non-space soldiers may not realize how much of their equipment relies on space-enabled capabilities and how those capabilities enhance Army combat operations, said Robert Marquez, space training division chief for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Soldiers not in space jobs also may not realize how adversaries are already trying to take advance of space.

Army Acquisition Chief is Focused on Speed, Talent

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Army Acquisition Chief is Focused on Speed, Talent

The Army’s new acquisition chief wants to speed up the process of getting soldiers what they need, bolster software talent in the workforce and encourage innovation across the enterprise.

Doug Bush, the new assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said he plans to continue responsible use of the “new authorities we have” to enable a faster acquisition process. He said there is a demand from Army leadership and from Congress that soldiers get what they need as they confront the evolving demands of combat.

US Must Prepare for Irregular Warfare Threats

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US Must Prepare for Irregular Warfare Threats

Faced with rising threats from Russia, China and Iran, the U.S. must prepare to respond to irregular forms of warfare, a national security expert said.

Army Seeks Life-Saving Capabilities for Future Fight

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Army Seeks Life-Saving Capabilities for Future Fight

Army medical researchers are working to develop new capabilities as the force prepares for a more lethal but austere future battlefield, a senior medical officer said.

Working with the expectation that battlefield casualties will need life-saving care farther forward for longer periods of time, the Army is looking for new capabilities suited for use in austere environments and will leverage emerging capabilities such as unmanned vehicles. 

Compromise Bill Boosts Army Technology Funds

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Compromise Bill Boosts Army Technology Funds

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on the 2022 defense budget, finally pushing lawmakers to complete work on funding programs for the fiscal year that started last October.

Army Plans to Field 24 New Systems Next Year

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Army Plans to Field 24 New Systems Next Year

The Army is preparing to field 24 of its 35 signature modernization systems in 2023, as it pushes ahead with its largest transformation effort in decades.

“Being ready today is not good enough,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said March 8. “We must also make sure we’re ready tomorrow.”

More than four years ago, the Army established six modernization priorities, he said. 

Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

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Army Moves Out to Combat Climate Change Threats

Climate change is already affecting the Army’s mission and installations, a senior Army official said.

“Climate change is affecting the Army today,” said Paul Farnan, acting assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment. “It’s affecting how we operate, where we operate, what we do [and] how we train.”