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US Army general says service modernisation coffers safe in FY 2020

07 December 2018
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Regardless of a proposed reduction to the Pentagon’s budget in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), the US Army is prepared to protect its modernisation portfolio by making cuts elsewhere, according to General John Murray, head of Army Futures Command.

Speaking with reporters on 7 December, Gen Murray said that Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley remain committed to funding the 31 initiatives under the service’s 6 modernisation priorities – Long-Range Precision Fires, the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, networking, air and missile defence, and soldier lethality.

“The modernisation priorities of the army are the modernisation priorities of the army, and they will get funded first before we fund anything else,” Gen Murray said.

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