The Army’s current modernization strategy has one significant characteristic that will impact not only how that service will fight but also the conduct of joint and combined operations. That characteristic is weight. For program after program, whether they are to upgrade existing platforms or to replace systems that have reached the end of their useful lives, the new capability is almost universally heavier than its predecessor. The demands of modern warfare and the opportunities provided by technological advances have caused the Army to add capabilities and, hence, weight to its platforms and weapons systems. Facing the possibility of high-end conflicts with peer competitors, the U.S. Army not only will, but must grow heavier. Until new, lightweight and ultra-strong materials are developed, weight is the price that must be paid to field modern chariots of war. I have written more about the Army’ growing weight here.
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