U.S Army Futures Command to highlight modernization efforts at AUSA 2019
Last year, the U.S. Army stood up the service’s newest command to drive innovation. Since that time, Army Futures Command, or AFC, has become fully operationally capable and complements the other Army commands, Forces Command, Training and Doctrine, and Army Materiel Command, as the cornerstone of the Army’s modernization efforts.
AFC has senior leaders from across the command scheduled to participate in several events throughout the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 14-19, in Washington.
“The Army must modernize today or we could lose the next war,” wrote the Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, in his first letter to the force, dated Sept. 27, 2019. “We will remain focused on delivering the 31 signature systems our cross-functional teams are developing in support of the six modernization priorities and ensure we can employ them the day they show up.”
The Army’s six modernization priorities are: Long-Range Precision Fires; Next Generation Combat Vehicles; Future Vertical Lift; The Network; Air & Missile Defense; and Soldier Lethality. To achieve this, AFC leads the following eight cross-functional teams: Air and Missile Defense (Fort Sill, Oklahoma); Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama); Future Vertical Lift (Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama); Long-Range Precision Fires (Fort Sill, Oklahoma); Network (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland); Next Generation Combat Vehicle (Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Michigan); Soldier Lethality (Fort Benning, Georgia); and Synthetic Training Environment (Orlando, Florida).
Gen. John M. Murray, AFC’s commanding general, is slated to join Dr. Bruce Jette, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, or ASA(ALT), in an AUSA Contemporary Military Forum titled, Delivering Force Modernization. Jette and Murray are expected to discuss how the Army is becoming a continually modernizing organization and the ways AFC and ASA(ALT) are working together to foster change and embrace accountability …read more
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