The Army Modernization Strategy - Second Line of Effort

Tuesday June 15, 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 second of three lines of effort of the AMS focuses on continuously modernizing equipment through procuring upgraded capabilities, recapitalization of existing systems, and divestment of outdated equipment.

What has the Army done?

The second line of effort in the AMS allows the Army to conserve resources while providing Soldiers the capabilities they need to win. The Army constantly evaluates existing weapons, equipment, and vehicles to see if they can be refurbished to "like-new" condition or upgraded to fill capability gaps. Equipment that cannot be adapted to the new requirements at a reasonable cost is removed from the Army inventory. The Army may replace several older systems with limited capabilities with a newer, more versatile system. The AH-64 Apache Helicopter is an example of how the Army can modernize existing equipment and avoid the cost of developing a new system. The Camel water transport system is an example of one system that will replace two older systems, the M149 and M1112 water trailers.

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

The Army will continue to analyze all its weapons, vehicles, and equipment to determine if a system is still relevant and if it can be affordably upgraded, or if it needs to be divested.

Why is this important to the Army?

The second line of effort of the AMS will allow us affordably to provide our Soldiers the tools they need through upgraded capabilities, recapitalization and divestment.

Resources:

2010 Army Modernization Strategy

STAND-TO! edition, June 3, 2010: The Army Modernization Strategy - First Line of Effort

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