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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, June 19 2012

Today's Focus:

The Army Equipment Modernization Plan 2013

Senior Leaders are Saying

[The history of the Army is ] 237 years of making a difference, 237 years of keeping not just America safe, but keeping this planet safe. We are so blessed to be a part of that history, that tradition. You epitomize not only our nation's ideals, but also our military values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. And tonight, as always, it's a pleasure to be -- no, it's an honor, to be with all of you here, so many members of that Army family.

- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, at the 2012 Army Birthday Ball, June 16, in Washington, D.C.

Army birthday ball a celebration of Soldiers, history

Visit the 237th Army Birthday site.

What They're Saying

Commanders now know almost everything that goes on in their battle space. We fly aircraft longer than enemies can stay awake.

- Staff Sergeant Catalina Avalos, a noncommissioned officer with the Washington National Guard, emphasizing that Unmanned Aircraft System have revolutionized combat in ways that are unbelievable.

Unmanned Aircraft System operators save lives in combat

A Culture of Engagement


Today's Focus

The Army Equipment Modernization Plan 2013

What is it?

The Army Equipment Modernization Plan 2013 (ModPlan13) describes the Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA) portion of our Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) President's Budget request. It is a unique document that breaks down the RDA investments into10 capability portfolio areas, highlights the portfolio accomplishments over the last two years, and provides the intent for FY13 investments as well as the way ahead.

What has the Army done?

The Army is using a balanced and affordable approach to continue to field the equipment necessary to maintain a credible and decisive force. We are aligning our equipment modernization communities to identify capability gaps and eliminate unnecessary redundancies making important choices for incremental modernization and Army force generation processes to ensure unit equipment readiness.

These emerging systems and processes represent a powerful new approach for implementing the Army's equipping priorities, policies and programs to meet new security demands of the 21st century. Equipment requested in the FY13 President's Budget strikes a balance between current and future needs, provides the basis for an affordable equipping plan over time, and takes into account Army requirements and priorities.

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

The Army will continue to develop and field a versatile and affordable mix of equipment to allow our Soldiers and units to succeed in the full range of missions today and tomorrow and to maintain our decisive advantage over any adversary we face. The Army is setting priorities and making prudent choices to provide the best possible force for the nation within the resources available.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army will modernize to meet the missions directed by the Defense Guidance, to address capability gaps in those mission sets, and reset/modernize to resource readiness, managing quantities to the pace of need expected in the future force readiness model.


The Army Equipment Modernization Plan 2013
Army 2012 Posture Statement
Army 2012 Posture Statement: Addendum Q - Equipment Modernization

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