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At the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges spoke with Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, director of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team. That team, part of the Army Futures Command, is a high priority for the Army’s modernization efforts.

  • Rafferty said Long Range Precision Fires, which enable multi-domain operations, emerged as the Army’s top modernization priority as a result of investment by adversaries in areas that offset the U.S. military’s advantage – fighting as a joint force and a combined arms team.
  • The Extended Range Cannon Artillery system and Precision Strike Missile will enable significantly farther shooting and more fire power and are on track to begin operational assessment in 2023, said Rafferty.
  • Rafferty said his team is using soldier-centered design and incorporating soldier touchpoints early and often.
  • He said machines and artificial intelligence will be essential for increasing speed in future large-scale ground combat, which the Artificial Intelligence Integration Center is helping with.

Watch the full interview:

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