U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn has said the military branch aims to divest its obsolete or redundant systems and modernize equipment of troops, Army Times reported Monday.
Michelle Tan writes the Army’s priorities include fielding new active protective systems for ground and aerial vehicles, upgrading its fleet of helicopters and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities across the service branch’s network.
Allyn estimated the Army spends 18 percent of its total budget on modernization efforts, invests another 22 percent in force readiness programs and allocates the remaining 60 percent for civilian employees and soldiers.
Sydney Freedberg of Breaking Defense reported Monday the branch is seeking funds from Congress to revive four National Guard AH-64 Apache battalions and multi-aircraft brigade that were cut as part of a downsizing proposal.
“We have begun to look at how do we prioritize delivery of capability to a smaller number of units, rather than spread the peanut butter over 35 years,” Allyn told the publication.