Ray Odierno Wants Army to Invest More In ICT, Fleet Upgrades

RayOdiernoGen. Ray Odierno has said the Army will continue efforts to modernize its existing fleet and invest in new equipment it deems necessary for conducting missions, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes the branch’s chief of staff described how the service is managing spending cuts set forth by the Budget Control Act during a speech at an Institute of Land Warfare event in Arlington, Va. last week.

“We’re going to have to make some difficult decisions and reduce the number of systems we have,” Odierno told his audience, the station reports.

“Is that what I want? No. But we have to do the best we can to mitigate our risks as we go forward and make sure the systems we have are the best systems possible.”

Odierno said he wants the service to invest in information and communications technology to help combat units operate from remote locations, Serbu writes.

He added the recently approved budget deal gives the Pentagon enough resources to support readiness programs during the next 10 months.

“It’s much better than we expected and it’s going to make a huge difference in 2014,” Odierno added.

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