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Ryan McCarthy: Funding Predictability Key to Maintain Army Readiness, Modernization Efforts

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the U.S. Army, has said the service branch requires a “sufficient” and “predictable” budget to maintain readiness and prepare for future operations.

“You don’t defend a country on a budget, you defend it on a strategy,” McCarthy said Wednesday during his visit to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

“We must look for rapid insertion of new technology in order to keep pace with both commercial trends and adversaries,” he added.

McCarthy also met with Army leaders at APG to discuss the facility’s science and technology, research, development, acquisition, testing and sustainment functions.

He examined various modernization projects at APG, such as secure wireless communications, radios and mission command platforms.

The Army facility showcased other platforms such as the Ultra Light Command Post Node prototype designed to provide communications and mission command support; the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will replace the Army’s Humvees; and the upgunned Stryker combat vehicle.

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