The Army is about to see critical parts of its modernization effort come to fruition. Despite anxiety from within and criticism from the outside regarding its ability to bring its modernization agenda to fruition, the Service must press ahead. Without modernization, the Army could find itself irrelevant in future high-end conflicts. Army leaders acknowledge that their efforts to find savings for modernization by trimming existing programs are reaching an end. There is no more low-hanging fruit. Without more robust defense spending, any additional resources will have to come either from readiness or force structure. This will be an agonizing decision for Army leaders, but the choice is clear. Modernization must prevail, or the Army will lose its next major conflict regardless of size and readiness. I have written more on this subject here.
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