National Defense Magazine Grades Army Modernization In Special Report
ARLINGTON, VA – National Defense Magazine has ranked the progress of the Army’s effort to modernize its forces in a special report released Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
The report is based on a commitment made in October 2021 by then Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville to place 24 key technologies “in the hands of soldiers” by the end of fiscal year 2023. In the past, the Army has found it challenging to field new technologies in a timely manner, with some major programs having struggled to launch altogether.
With the end of the fiscal year now in hand, the magazine graded each of the 24 technologies based on how close they were to being fielded in sufficient quantities to make an impact if the Army were called into action on October 1. An ‘A” grade means that the technology has reached at least some units, or it has been delivered by a contractor for the test and evaluation phase.
“McConville’s vow was seen as a challenge to the Army’s acquisition corps to show that the service has turned things around,” said National Defense Editor in Chief Stew Magnuson. “The Army overall did very well,” he added. “Twelve of the 24 programs received an ‘A’ grade and only one was given a ‘D.’”
The report includes comments by Hon. Doug Bush, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisitions, logistics and technology; Gen. James Rainey, leader of Army Futures Command; and Undersecretary of the Army and its Chief Management Officer the Hon. Gabe Camarillo.
The report is featured in the October edition of the magazine and will also be posted online in a five-part series beginning October 4 at NationalDefenseMagazine.Org.
About National Defense Magazine
National Defense is published by the National Defense Industrial Association. The October edition is out now at Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Army and Air Force exchanges, and select Walmarts. The edition is also set to be available at the NDIA booth at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., booth No. 3229, Oct. 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
For inquiries, call Stew Magnuson at 703-247-2545.