March 15, 2023

BUDGET 2024: Flat Army Request Signals Focus on Indo-Pacific Capabilities

Source: National Defense Magazine

Journalist: Josh Luckenbaugh

The significant investments into missiles — particularly long-range fires capabilities — and air and missile defense systems underscore the Army’s vision for “future Pacific operations and what sort of capabilities they can provide there,” said Andrew Metrick, a fellow in the Center for a New American Security’s defense program.

“When we say long-range, we're talking about stuff that can reach out from the first island chain,” capabilities such as the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon that would give the service “more meaningful operational reach” in the Indo-Pacific, he said in an interview.

“There's a lot of interesting things going on in non-traditional [areas],” he continued. “They've always been Army areas, but they're not sort of the infantry, helo, armor sort of core three when you think about Army procurement priorities. They’re more in things that … if I were a Joint Force Commander in INDOPACOM, I’d get pretty excited. I’d get excited about Army air and missile defense; I’d get excited about Army fires. It’s not going to win the war for me, but it’s another arrow in my proverbial quiver.”

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Authors

  • Andrew Metrick

    Fellow, Defense Program

    Andrew Metrick is a Fellow with Defense Program at CNAS. His research focuses on the linkages between strategic objectives and operational plans with a specific interest in un...