Army Secretary Says Budget Disputes, Continuing Resolutions Harm Modernization Programs

Army Secretary Says Budget Disputes, Continuing Resolutions Harm Modernization Programs

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting that the Army’s modernization programs are at risk from ongoing congressional budget disputes, Military.com reported.

In his keynote address, McCarthy said the Army needs an immediate infusion of added funding to maintain progress in innovation, according to the report.

The Army’s legacy systems “have served us well for the last 40 years,” he said.  But he added they will not meet current challenges of achieving the balance between readiness for current conflicts while preparing for future battlefields.

McCarthy referred to the continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress and signed into law in September, keeping defense spending at the $716 billion fiscal 2019 level through Nov. 21 while lawmakers debate contentious issues, according to the report.

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