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Army to Rank Equipment Programs Under Strategic Portfolio Analysis & Review

The U.S. Army intends to conduct a service-wide Strategic Portfolio Analysis and Review to rank approximately 820 equipment programs in order of importance to the service branch’s warfighting mission.

SPAR 20 seeks to evaluate the efficiency of the Army’s resource spending and cover assessments on all resource allocation programs including Army aircraft, combat vehicles and Soldier-worn equipment, the service branch said Wednesday.

The SPAR process will help the Army decide whether allocated limited modernization resources for each program should be accelerated, sustained, reallocated or divested to other projects.

The service branch noted it aims to prioritize programs that are eligible to receive allocations from the procurement and research, development, testing and evaluation budgets.

“Once again we will work through each portfolio to prioritize within that portfolio [and] look for opportunities where we can take risk to free up resources, by either cancelling programs [or] scaling down procurement objectives,” said Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff at the Army G-8.

“We will put together an ends, ways and means strategy for certain critical combat systems in order to make sure we understand exactly when we run out of physics… on incremental upgrades and when the Army must begin to invest in next-generation systems.”

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