Army priorities in capability and modernization


Daniel Goure, senior vice president at the Lexington Institute, discusses the Army’s latest acquisition initiative, and how they could best make use of their time.

The U.S. Army Futures Command is the latest effort to streamline the acquisition process of the armed forces. Their first acquisition — a new headquarters. Thirty cities across the country are on the short list, and their selections are some of the most high-tech cities in America

“We needed access to academia and business, and those two kinds of key characteristics. Where the systems engineers, software engineers are,” Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy told the Army Times.

The modus operandi of the new office is to improve the way that the Army acquires new vehicles and technology, and augment their capabilities on the battlefield. These include developments like new VTOL aircraft and upgrades to tanks.

“The Army is taking a big leap forward in trying to speed up the process by which it defines the capabilities it wants for the future,” said Daniel Goure, senior vice president at the Lexington Institute. “That’s the front-end of the process that you’re seeing now, the long lead time is once you’ve made those decisions; actually going through the programs, producing and then deploying capabilities, and then sustaining it for decades.”

“[The] Army doesn’t do well, at least not in the last 34 years, on new starts and major new programs.” Goure told Government Matters. “It does incredibly well on upgrades, and we have programs that will be with us for at least 100 years… We ought to be maximizing, for the Army at least, what we do best.”