“God fights on the side with the best artillery,” said Napoleon Bonaparte. This aphorism appears as true today as it did almost three centuries ago. What has changed over the past several decades is the capability of Army fires, artillery and rockets vis-a-vis potential adversaries. Simply put, the U.S. Army is out-gunned and out-ranged. The leadership of the U.S. Army is responding to the challenge by expending significant effort and resources to close these capability gaps. Long-range precision fires is the Army’s No. 1 modernization priority. The Army is looking to modernize virtually the entire suite of Army indirect fires systems as well as introduce an array of new capabilities and systems. It is pursuing a multi-phase program designed to first improve and then transform the capabilities of its artillery, rocket and missile systems. I have written about how the army is restoring its artillery to the position of King of Battle here.
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