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The U.S. Army plans to modernize its force structure to shift from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency to a focus on confronting China and Russia. A new pilot program aims to fill the current gaps in cavalry design.

  • MG John Richardson, commanding general in the First Cavalry Division in the Army, said the Army will restructure its divisions for large-scale combat operations to prepare against near-peer competitors.
  • Richardson said preparation for the fight of the future will be somewhat similar to the Cold War era but will take into consideration multi-domain operations and changes in technology.
  • He said the changes are mainly about organization and will focus on consolidating capabilities at the division level.

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Maj. Gen. John Richardson speaks to brigade command teams and staff during a two day on-site Jan. 13 at the Mission Training Complex in Fort Hood, Texas. This week the on-site focused on understanding the division’s role as the Army’s first penetration division within the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) construct which includes simultaneous air, land, maritime, space and cyberspace operations. (Photo by Master Sgt. Miriam Espinoza/DoD)

Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, Fort Hood, Texas, July 21, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Herman)

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