Army Backs Modernization Programs, Tests Industry Platforms for Future Battlefield

The U.S. Army has placed emphasis on readiness, end-strength and modernization requirements for the future battlefield to accommodate a $3.6 billion funding drop under the service branch’s $173 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2022.

“This budget puts people first, maintains force readiness and continues the irreversible modernization momentum to develop next-generation capabilities to fight and win now and in future Joint All-Domain Operations,” Christopher Lowman, senior official performing the duties of the Army undersecretary, said in May.

Gen, Mike Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command and two-time Wash100 awardee, previously emphasized the importance of decision dominance, speed, range, overmatch and convergence concepts in the branch’s modernization push.

“If we do not have the capability to fight and win, we also do not have the capability to provide effective deterrence,” Murray told his audience at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Next virtual symposium in March.

As part of efforts to fill capability gaps, the service worked with vendors to assess how emerging technologies from industry perform against threat-based scenarios within tactical environments.

The Army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center hosted Network Modernization Experiment 2021 from May 17 to July 30 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey to test converged communications systems intended to support multidomain lethality.

Lowman and Murray will participate in the Potomac Officers Club’s Annual Army Forum on Thursday, Aug. 12 as opening and closing keynote speakers, respectively. Join the virtual forum to hear from a group of service leaders and GovCon executives as they share insight on modernization efforts at the branch.

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