The success of the U.S. Army in modern times rests on twin pillars of training and technology. But training has taken a beating recently due to budget uncertainties, and now the service’s edge in warfighting technologies looks to be at risk. Army leaders can’t be blamed for turbulence in the readiness accounts supporting training programs, but they bear much of the responsibility for the eroding modernization plan. The Army is constantly changing its investment priorities and acquisition plans, and often installs officers in top acquisition jobs who don’t seem adequately prepared. As a result, programs important to the service’s future combat success are slipping away, with little to show for billions of dollars in investment. I have written a commentary on the subject for Forbes that you can read here.
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