WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 30, 2010) -- The Army G-8 announced yesterday the release of the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy which sets forth Army plans to move back into balance through cost-effective development and rapid equipment fielding.

Speaking at the monthly Association of the U.S. Army Land Warfare breakfast in Arlington, Va., Lt. Gen. Robert Lennox, the Army G-8, outlined the 91-page document. The strategy sets overarching goals and objectives and then provides overviews of selected modernization efforts.

Lennox said the paper was the first AMS to explicitly address the changes the Army needs in order to continue with modernization and equipping programs that are cost beneficial and affordable. At the same time, he said, the strategy addresses how the Army can simultaneously continue to adapt to force generation.

Lennox added that the kind of things the Army was looking for were network investments in joint tactical radio systems, a ground combat vehicle capable of full-spectrum operations and UAVs such as the extended-range, multi-purpose unmanned aircraft system. He stressed whatever the system, it was imperative they be upgradeable.

Other issues included modernizing the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior for expected service over the next 10 or 15 years. He added that the Kiowa was presently being used in theater at a higher rate than any other aircraft the Army has.

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The breakdown of anticipated expenditures for the modernization strategy for the 2011 defense budget includes $10.3 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation. The Army has also planned for $5.5 billion for trucks and support equipment; $6 billion for aviation; $1.7 billion for weapons and tracked combat vehicles, $3.9 billion for missiles and ammunition, and $4.3 billion for communications.

The strategy report is posted at: www.G8.army.mil.