Plans to upgrade the Army’s capabilities are slowly disintegrating, according to an article in Forbes. Cancelled projects since the release of the modernization plan 8 months ago? A bigger, better troop transport (can you say keep squeezing into the Bradley?), a more agile scout helicopter, a new communications network, an air defense system, new armored vehicles… the list goes on.
Since the Reagan era, things just “keep getting in the way” when it comes to updating the Army’s capabilities. Personnel reductions, shifting priorities, budget changes, politics, and indecisive leadership has paved the way for continuing degradation. Watch for the last General Dynamics tank plant to be mothballed soon. What’s next?