SecArmy highlights top priorities at AUSA opening
After a personal look at Soldiers who make up today’s Army, the service’s new secretary delved deeper Monday into what the force needs to compete against near-peer threats.
Less than a week after being sworn in as secretary, Ryan McCarthy, the previous undersecretary, touted recent efforts in the service’s top priorities – readiness, modernization and reform – to open this year’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Readiness, he said, has been restored across the Army, with over half of its brigade combat teams now at the highest levels of readiness. But he urged the need to modernize the force, such as developing cloud-based architecture, as Russia and China inject billions into their militaries and other adversaries grow their capabilities.
The Army has also drastically cut its requirements timelines from up to seven years to now just 18 months or less, he said, which has gotten newer equipment out quicker, like the Integrated Visual Augmentation System currently being tested by Soldiers.
“Our adversaries are investing in tomorrow today, unconstrained by a continuing resolution and singularly focused on shifting the current balance of power,” he said.