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James Barclay: Sequestration Affects Army’s 3-Year Modernization Plan

Lt. Gen. James Barclay
Lt. Gen. James Barclay

The U.S. Army‘s deputy chief of staff told Senate lawmakers Tuesday the branch has had to carry out its three-year modernization plan with less money than it expected due to sequestration, the Army News Service reports.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Lt. Gen. James Barclay testified before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on airland, saying the branch’s acquisition priorities and equipment modernization programs could see unexpected schedule or cost impacts because of the sequester.

Barclay told lawmakers he believes the Army is the best equipped and modernized it ever has been.

“Fiscal realities endanger the progress we have made in equipping,” Barclay said, according to Ferdinando’s story.

Lt. Gen. William Phillips — a principal military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology — told lawmakers the Army’s modernization efforts include connecting ground-based soldiers to tactical communications, among other areas.

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