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Army Plans Modernization Through Intell Tool Updates, New Procurements

army stock photoU.S. Army officials say that updates to the Distributed Common Ground System – Army intelligence tool will work to address identified challenges in complexity and ease of use, the Army News Service reported Wednesday.

C. Todd Lopez writes that Army leaders discussed DCGS-A among the service’s other modernization initiatives during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee’s airland panel Wednesday.

“[We] have tried to invest a lot of time, and we have also engaged with over 150 vendors through a series of industry days, to find out how we can improve the existing system,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

He noted that the new DCGS-A version will undergo evaluations in May.

The service also indicated plans to procure more than 49,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace the Humvee and field the vehicles for combat arms formations, the report said.

Lopez reports that the Aviation Restructure Initiative will also push forward to meet the Army’s aviation modernization needs and bolster readiness.

Lt. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, deputy chief of staff of the Army G-8, said the service will divest all OH-58 aircraft and update the AH-64 Apache as part of the initiative.

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