Last month, in an appearance before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley provided a notably upbeat assessment of the state of his service: “The Army is on the mend. I can report out to you today, after two and a half years as the chief of staff of the Army, we are in significantly better shape than we were just a short time ago.” Clearly, some of the credit for the Army’s improved state of affairs is a result of the recently passed two-year budget, which provided a much-needed increase in resources. But much of the credit goes to the Army chief of staff himself. The early signs are that the Army modernization is on the mend and the acquisition system is being changed. An important example of these improvements is the efforts by the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office to develop and deploy new capabilities in electronic warfare; positioning, navigation, and timing; and long-range fires. I have written about Army modernization successes for Defense News here.
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