Army Equipment Modernization Strategy

It’s also teaming with of Maryland to implement the Army’s Global Force Information Management system, meant to provide service leaders with an automated and holistic view of manpower, equipment, training and readiness.
Isn't this basically just the XM1100 IMS aka M7 dug up from a premature grave?
sure appears that way.
Isn't this basically just the XM1100 IMS aka M7 dug up from a premature grave?
sure appears that way.

But inadequate Army funding and end strength are placing this necessary jointness at risk. Between FY2019 and FY2023, as a recent Association of the US Army study lays out, the Army has lost almost $40 billion in buying power through flat or declining budgets, while the other services have roughly broken even or experienced slight increases. What’s more, approximately 80 percent of the Army’s annual budget supports operations — often support operations that only the Army can provide the whole joint force, like logistics, communications, and medical support — leaving less money for modernization than the other services.

For one, require every American to serve with the AmeriCorps program to bring citizens together, with the option to serve through the military or an agency like the National Park Service.

once again the Joint Staff do not posses or are not exercising enough authority to tell the Svcs 'thou shalt execute x y and z to integrate these communications efforts or thoust corn flakes shall be poured into the the disposal'.

During the early days of the conflict, images of Russian tanks trapped in Ukrainian mud littered the internet and prompted a key question: What role do tanks have on today’s battlefield?

“You don’t need armor if you don’t want to win,” Army Chief of Staff Gen James McConville told reporters during an Oct. 10 press conference when asked about lessons learned from the war and future of the M1 Abrams tanks. Tanks aren’t past their use — after all the US and European nations recently committed to supplying Western tanks to Kyiv to much fanfare — but McConville suggested the question is more complicated.

“You never want to present your adversary with one dilemma… if you just push tanks at them,” those can be defeated just like Russian tanks inside of Ukraine, he said. “That’s why you want infantry, you want armor, you want attack aviation, you want [long-range] fires [and] intelligence. All those systems working together.”

In addition to studying battlefield tactics and weapon requirements, Army leaders are also grappling with ways to refill their dwindling weapon stockpiles that have been tapped to support Kyiv. Part of this effort has been to ink new deals with industry and look for ways to shore up the supply chain, but industry questions linger over just how long this heightened demand will remain and whether it’s worth the long-term investment.

“If there’s a policy decision to retain more production capacity for munitions both conventional and precision, there’s gonna be a lot of work that needs to be done. [The Office of the Secretary of Defense] will need to lead it,” Bush said.

“In terms of looking across the whole industrial base and the different conflicts we might be faced with: How do we prepare to mobilize rather than just assuming industry can do it with a bunch of money?”

One area the Army is especially interested in emphasizing: defending against drones. The Ukraine conflict is among the first major conflicts to feature a ubiquity of small drones making outsized contributions. That’s a danger for the Army, Wormuth said this summer. McConville has equated drones to the improvised explosive devices that killed US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army is the leading counter-drone efforts for the Defense Department.

“Drones and other unmanned systems are going to pose significant challenges for us, again, part of why we’re looking at modernizing our air and missile defense system,” Wormuth said.

Space Force chief Gen. Chance Salzman on Jan. 13 said that the war in Ukraine has above all else highlighted the centrality of space assets to winning a war.

I think it would be fair to say that what we’re observing is the criticality of space in modern warfare,” he told the Space Force Association.

The service, he said, already is taking away a number of insights from the use of satellites in the Ukrainian theater. These include the fact that it is easy for an adversary to shut down a single satellite, but proliferated systems such as SpaceX’s thousands of Starlink internet satellites, are much more resilient in the face of attacks.

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