By Mary Kate Aylward
Fort Belvoir, Va. (April 17, 2018)—Modernization is the talk of the Army. The latest issue of Army AL&T magazine will catch you up on the details of the conversation. We hope it will also provoke thought about how each member of the acquisition workforce can strive to meet the challenge. Our April – June issue brings you more than 20 articles exploring critical aspects of Army modernization.
We know you have questions about this huge undertaking.
So we took them straight to the source: one of the architects of the Army’s modernization plan, Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy. Read what he had to say in “One Roof.”
A CBRN reconnaissance sensor upgrade …
Before, Soldiers scanning the field for contamination had to compile the information available from sensors into pictures like the one above:
… is providing a much better picture
“All Together, Now!” describes an approach that moved money from redundant testing to technology development. It suggests ways to break out of a model that doesn’t always keep the Army up to speed with modern technology.
From your new Army acquisition executive
When Dr. Bruce D. Jette was the first director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, he brought some of the first robots to the Afghan battlefield in just under a month—an early example of rapid acquisition. In his first column as AAE, Jette argues that we can no longer afford “real acquisition” if it takes six or more years. Read “Advancing Acquisition” to learn more.
A not-too-distant future battlefield
On the future battlefield, it might not be medics or convoys delivering medical supplies to Soldiers. Army medicine is modernizing for the time when more Soldiers fight farther than ever from any support or medical facility, as “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow” describes.
Vertical lift doesn’t just mean a new helicopter
The Army needs a package of capabilities, including things like visual assistance so pilots can take off whether or not the skies are clear. In “Shifting Gears,” read how RDECOM has reorganized its efforts to better align research and development with the six modernization priorities.
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