The U.S. Army has largely ceased investing in new warfighting technology. In fact, the service actually said that in its fiscal 2016 budget briefing: “The Army has no major new modernization programs until the next decade.” Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of countries that the Army may one day find itself fighting. Even non-state actors are making strides in fielding better battlefield technology like explosively-formed penetrators, shoulder-fired missiles, and hand-held drones. So the fact that the Army’s entire annual budget for new warfighting technology amounts to barely two day’s worth of federal spending at current rates is worrisome, because America’s enemies usually attack where the joint force is weakest. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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