New technology is being developed with stunning speed. A 2-year-old iPhone today is, well, obsolete and essentially unsupported. Computer software is updated virtually daily.
But the U.S. military still does research and development on weapons programs that takes years and billions.
That, according to federal reports, needs to change, explains a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Congressional Research Service is reporting now on an Army Futures Command, itself in the pipeline, that would take a leading role in visualizing, researching, building and installing new programs and weapons systems.
The problem has been defined by the Army as this: “The Army’s current requirements and capabilities development practices take too long. On average, the Army takes from 3 to 5 years to approve requirements and another 10 years to design, build, and test new weapon systems. The Army is losing near-peer competitive advantage in many areas: we are outranged, outgunned, and increasingly outdated.
“Private industry and some potential adversaries are fielding new capabilities much faster than we are. The speed of change in war fighting concepts, threats, and technology is outpacing current Army modernization constructs and processes.”
So result is that in just recent months the Army set up a Modernization Task Force that is assigned to look at options for an Army Futures Command.
There the goal is to consolidate all functions on modernizing the Army under “one roof.”
Right now, those decisions go through the Forces Command, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Material Command, Army Test and Evaluation Command and the Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-8.
That AFC was ordered to be set up in Austin starting this summer but it won’t reach operation capabilities until next year.