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‘Army Vision’ for 2028 Calls for Force Modernization Through Robotics, AI Development

The U.S. Army has issued a new vision statement for 2028 that details how the service intends to fight against Russia, China and other near-peer competitors in a joint multi-domain conflict.

The Army Vision calls for the use of weapons, sustainment systems, aircraft, manned and unmanned combat vehicles, arms formations and tactics to counter potential adversaries across all domains and cites several measures that should be implemented to achieve that vision.

The service branch should ramp up training efforts among military personnel through the expanded use of simulations systems and synthetic training environments and advance force modernization through acquisition reforms.

“This modernization includes experimenting with and developing autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and robotics to make our soldiers more effective and our units less logistically dependent,” according to the statement.

The Army needs to grow its force to at least 500,000 service personnel with related growth in the Army Reserve and National Guard through recruitment and retention efforts and should have the capability to perform electronic warfare, ground and air intelligence and cyber operations, the document noted.

Gen. Mark Milley, Army chief of staff, co-wrote the vision statement with Army Secretary Mark Esper, a 2018 Wash100 recipient.

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