Army Acquisition Looks to Build Better Workforce

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Army Acquisition Looks to Build Better Workforce

The Army’s acquisition czar says his many priorities include recruiting top people into the workforce and addressing salary disparities that can cause some talented people to leave.

Bruce Jette, assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology since December 2017, told a House subcommittee that getting top minds to leave academic institutions to work for the Army may require some new solutions, such as creating partnerships that combine government and university employment. The Army also is looking at how much it should pay for partial jobs.

Future Army Manning Requires Recruiting Modernization

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Future Army Manning Requires Recruiting Modernization

The Army needs to modernize recruiting so that it has a competitive edge not just on the battlefield but also in finding and keeping the best talent, according to a new paper from the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

GAO: Army Is Rebuilding Readiness

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GAO: Army Is Rebuilding Readiness

The Army has made progress in rebuilding readiness lost during a period of declining end strength, but still faces challenges filling slots in cyber and electronic warfare units, maintenance depots and ballistic missile defense units, according to a new government report.

The February Government Accountability Office report also says unit manning shortages lead to longer periods away from home on official duties for soldiers, which negatively affects readiness.

$157.8 Billion Needed to Repair, Rebuild Army

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$157.8 Billion Needed to Repair, Rebuild Army

A new American Enterprise Institute report calls for a $672.1 billion increase in defense funding over the next five fiscal years to repair and rebuild the armed forces, with $157.8 billion earmarked for Army programs.

The Army needs the money to expand Total Force troop strength, create new armored cavalry regiments in Europe and increase lethality and survivability, according to the report by defense analyst Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies.

Troop Shortages, Skill Mismatch Hurt Readiness

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Troop Shortages, Skill Mismatch Hurt Readiness

A new report assessing deployment readiness reveals why Army leaders have made full unit manning their top budget priority, ahead of weapons modernization.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, testifying about the 2018 Army budget request, said the biggest “drag” on readiness is that “many of these units are not at the full manning level. We want to make the force structure that does exist complete, whole and fully ready before we move on to the next step, which is expanding the Army,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.