Rhys McCormick

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The Army Modernization Challenge

During the most recent defense drawdown, the Army elected to prioritize funding for readiness and limit reductions in force structure, and it has been willing to trade off modernization funding in favor of these other priorities. As shown in Figure 1, since 2008, Army modernization ([1] Procurement; and [2] Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) accounts) funding has fallen precipitously. Since 2008, Army modernization total obligation authority (TOA) has fallen by 74 percent in real terms. As a result of both declining obligations for the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and the cancellation of several Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) prior to entering the production phase, Army  procurement has fallen 78 percent since 2008. Simultaneously, Army RDT&E funding has fallen ... Read more