Thursday June 3, 2010
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 first of three lines of effort laid out in the AMS focuses on developing and fielding new capabilities within the Army Force Generation model.
What has the Army done?
The first line of effort in the AMS allows the Army to field new capabilities to meet identified capability "gaps" through traditional and/or rapid acquisition processes. The AMS allows the Army to incorporate lessons learned from the past nine years of war and technological advances into the development process. The Ground Combat Vehicle is an example of how the AMS process includes feedback from the field when developing new weapons, equipment and vehicles. The Ground Combat Vehicle is being developed based on input from combat veterans. They requested a vehicle with increased protection, better all-terrain mobility, improved information networking capability, and the capacity to carry an entire Infantry squad.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As Soldiers in the field request new capabilities, the Army will ensure that the systems provided are versatile, tailorable, and networked so that they will remain dominant and relevant on the battlefield of tomorrow.
Why is this important to the Army?
The modern battlefield presents our Soldiers with constantly changing threats and challenges. The Army must be able to give Soldiers new capabilities faster than the traditional acquisition process allows. The first line of effort of the AMS helps ensure our Soldiers get what they need, when they need it.
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