April 12, 2018

Modernizing Army modernization

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: Army AL&T Magazine

Journalist Margaret C. Roth

The Army is at 'an inflection point,' and modernizing is job No. 1 and priority No. 1. But modernization will take every ounce of leaders' will and a massive culture change to the slowest, most hidebound acquisition system in DOD to make it a reality.

There's a new wave of change--a big one--cresting in Army acquisition, with the potential to fundamentally reorganize how the Army will accomplish its modernization priorities and a sense of urgency born of real-time, real-life threats to U.S. military prowess.

About a dozen acquisition reform initiatives aimed at getting needed battlefield solutions to the warfighter faster have washed over the Army since the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991. Now Pentagon leadership has called for DOD and the Army to take quick, dramatic action in modernization and acquisition to address irrefutable advances in military technology by four major potential threats--North Korea, Russia, China and Iran--in addition to nonstate adversaries. Indeed, in many respects, the Army leadership team seems to have been handpicked by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to do just that. 

Read the full article at Army AL&T Magazine


  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, which won the 201...