Modernization Programs See ‘Significant Gains’

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Modernization Programs See ‘Significant Gains’

Army modernization programs are gaining momentum as the service works to build the Army of 2030 and beyond, a senior Army leader said. 

“We are in the process of developing new systems we're now delivering today, like [Joint Light Tactical Vehicles] and Integrated Air and Missile Defense,” Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said during the 2023 Defense News Conference. “Now you see a lot of momentum with programs that are … making that transition to the next phase.” 

Recruiting is Army’s Biggest Challenge

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Hon Gabe Camarillo speaks at AUSA's Coffee Series
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Recruiting is Army’s Biggest Challenge

An almost flat 2024 Army budget will not prevent considerable progress in critical initiatives like improving recruiting and transforming capabilities, Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said April 11.

Speaking at an Association of the U.S. Army Coffee Series event, Camarillo talked about the challenge of introducing the Army as an “enduring employer of choice,” as well as about overdue efforts to improve installations, infrastructure and housing, and expanding warfighting capabilities, an area where much progress is being made.

Camarillo: Army is Reforming, Modernizing Recruiting

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Camarillo: Army is Reforming, Modernizing Recruiting

The Army is facing “significant challenges” with recruiting, but the service is working to “reform and modernize … for today’s landscape,” a senior leader said. 

Camarillo Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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Camarillo Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo will speak April 11 at a Coffee Series event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The in-person event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and networking. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media. All attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are optional.

Camarillo ‘Very Optimistic’ About Army Transformation

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Camarillo ‘Very Optimistic’ About Army Transformation

The Army has “a pretty good chance and a pretty good track record at success,” Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said in a keynote speech on the opening day of the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama.

In an upbeat message about the Army’s modernization efforts, Camarillo said that in fundamental ways, “we reorganized to tackle our system requirements and our ability to experiment with technology in a concerted way.”

Swift Response Helped Army Weather Pandemic

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Swift Response Helped Army Weather Pandemic

The Army met its mission requirements and kept its people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the service’s swift and efficient response to the crisis, a senior Army official said.

“The Army showed yet again that in times of crisis, we will answer the nation’s call,” Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo testified Feb. 28 before the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel during a hearing to explore the impact of COVID-19 on DoD and its service members.

Global Force Features Camarillo, Other Army Leaders

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Global Force Features Camarillo, Other Army Leaders

Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo and leaders from Army Materiel Command, Army Futures Command and Army Training and Doctrine Command will speak at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama.

Back in-person for the first time since 2019, the three-day event will take place March 28–30 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, just outside Redstone Arsenal, home to Materiel Command.

Underfunding Army Poses Big Risk

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Underfunding Army Poses Big Risk

In a new Association of the U.S. Army policy paper, former acting Army Secretary John Whitley highlights the dangers to the Army and the nation from ignoring ground warfare capabilities. 

He’s concerned that current planning and budgeting overlook the vital role ground forces, particularly the U.S. Army, have played in past conflicts and will likely play in the future. 

Camarillo: Work Remains to Combat Sexual Assault

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Camarillo: Work Remains to Combat Sexual Assault

While the Army has implemented 63 of 70 recommendations to combat sexual assault and harassment in the force, leaders remain “concerned” about the uptick in incidents in the past year. 

A DoD report using fiscal 2021 data showed a “significant increase” in the prevalence of sexual assault and a “decline in trust in the military system to deal with those problems,” Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said during a recent hearing before the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee. 

Camarillo: Army Gains Modernization Momentum

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Camarillo: Army Gains Modernization Momentum

The Army is hitting its stride when it comes to reaching its modernization goals, Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said.

“I think we've got a tremendous amount of momentum headed into our modernization portfolio,” Camarillo said Sept. 7 during a conference hosted by Defense News. “Many of our programs … are working their way through the process to achieve these critical milestones and getting to the next phase … where we can field capabilities that are relevant to our soldiers.”