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The Army Modernization Strategy


"The goal of Army modernization is to develop and field the best equipment available to allow our Soldiers to be successful against our enemies. We must continue to transform into a force that is versatile, expeditionary, agile, lethal, sustainable and interoperable, so that our Soldiers will have a decisive advantage in any fight".

- Gen. George W. Casey, chief of staff of the Army

Army releases 2010 modernization strategy


"Technology that Soldiers have today didn't just get created overnight. In some cases, it took decades of research in order to produce a piece of material, or a kit that they have in the field. The work that goes on at Army labs and research centers is critical to Soldiers."

- Dr. Way Fountain, Ph.D., the senior research scientist for chemistry at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's chemical and biological center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and a former U.S. Military Academy professor

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The Army Modernization Strategy

What is it?

The 2010 Army Modernization Strategy (AMS) describes how the U.S. Army plans to modernize and transform to provide our Soldiers with an affordable mix of the best equipment available to succeed in both current and future full-spectrum military operations. The AMS explains how our modernization efforts will help bring the Army back into balance to meet our current and future challenges. The strategy focuses on three primary lines of effort: developing and fielding new capabilities; continuously modernizing current equipment; and fielding and distributing capabilities synchronized with the Army Force Generation model.

What has the Army done?

The AMS provides a formal and continuous process that allows the Army to modernize in a flexible, affordable and sustainable manner. It leverages lessons learned from current operations and maximizes the benefits of emerging technologies. Some of the systems already fielded or in development in accordance with AMS principles include: the Ground Combat Vehicle, which will overcome capability gaps in current systems; the Extended Range Mulit-Purpose Unmanned Aerial System, which gives commanders longer dwell time and increased Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability; and the Joint Light Tactical vehicle, which will provide both the Army and Marine Corps a multi-mission capable light tactical family of vehicles that will provide mission-dictated scalable protection.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The AMS is the foundation the Army will use to secure predictable fiscal support from Congress by demonstrating full transparency and strong fiscal stewardship throughout the acquisition and sustainment process. Army leaders will provide focused leadership and cost cultural awareness through frequent and open dialogue, fiscal stewardship to focus equipping priorities and objectives and risk-avoidance measures that are well defined and effectively communicated to maintain the trust of Congress and the American people. Our leaders will use operational analysis to balance current capability needs against projected future requirements. The Army will account for evolving threats, economic uncertainties and technological breakthroughs.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army must give Soldiers the capabilities and equipment they need to succeed. The AMS exemplifies the Army's commitment to that obligation. The AMS is flexible enough to capitalize on emerging technologies while also providing predictability in funding requirements. With it the Army can meet today's challenges and the threats of tomorrow.


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