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US Army Releases 2008 Modernization Strategy

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(click to read) It’s a daunting task. Faced with a high operational tempo over the past 7 years, the US Army is trying to expand its size, fix or replace all the equipment it has worn out, recapitalize or modernize the 1980s-era equipment that still makes up the mainstay of its force, adapt to new doctrines like counterinsurgency, and leave itself ready to fight a peer power if future scenarios demand it. The range of equipment operated by the US Army matches that of some entire militaries, and includes ships, aircraft and UAVs, anti-air defenses including ballistic and cruise missile defense, electronic warfare, plus communications, vehicles, and infantry. If the Army’s task is daunting, so is the observer’s task of making sense of it all, and of placing ongoing contracts and programs in context. “Army Modernization Strategy 2008” is a valuable reference guide that explains concepts and programs for casual observers, and even provides useful timelines, while providing material that will improve even an experts’ base of knowledge. See also Appendix A, which provides more in-depth information concerning active programs of record and their current status. While the work is valuable, it is not perfect. In many ways, it is […]

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