Oversight: Army Modernization: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 8, 2013 [open pdf - 228KB]
From the statement of James O. Barclay III: "The generous support of the American people and the Congress over the past eleven-plus years of conflict has provided us the resources necessary to defeat our Nation's enemies, while protecting our Soldiers and sustaining the Force. It has also allowed us to modernize the Army, while reducing pre-2001 equipment shortages. We have significantly increased modernization levels over the past 11 years in all of our Army Components. Equipment shortages have been reduced significantly, particularly in the Army National Guard (ARNG) and U.S. Army Reserve (USAR). In 2001, the Active Component (AC) had 85% of its equipment on hand, the ARNG had 81% on hand and the USAR had 75% on hand. As of 2012, AC equipment on hand stood at 91%, ARNG at 89% and USAR at 86%. The Army today is better modernized and equipped than at any time in recent memory. Yet today's fiscal realities endanger the progress we have made in equipping. If the reductions in discretionary caps from FY14 -- FY21 as outlined in current law--and known as sequestration--take effect, the Army may lose balance between end strength, readiness, and modernization resulting in a hollow force. To provide a guide for equipping our Army during these uncertain fiscal times, we have developed a flexible Army Equipment Modernization Strategy (AEMS). The AEMS is designed to account for normal cyclical downturns in defense spending that occur after every war. The reductions caused by sequestration however, are occurring much sooner and at a much steeper rate than anticipated. As a result, all acquisition priorities and many equipment modernization programs may face unanticipated schedule or cost impacts in the out years." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William N. Phillips and James O. Barclay III.
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