For six straight years, the Obama Administration has kept Pentagon spending under control by slashing outlays for military technology. Army modernization has been hit especially hard. In fact, the conclusion to the Army’s fiscal 2016 budget briefing states flatly that, “the Army has no major new modernization programs until the next decade.” However, there’s a chance the service won’t be able to fund a robust modernization program even then, because current U.S. military strategy puts much more emphasis on air power and sea power than it does on ground combat. The Army faces the danger that rather than rebuilding its arsenal of cutting-edge technologies in the next decade, it may end up being a bill-payer for new bombers and warships. I have written a cover story for Army Magazine here.
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