Military Capabilities

US Army begins next round of programme cuts for FY 2021 budget

08 February 2019

With the first round of programme cuts and curtailments hovering just under the 200 mark, US Army Secretary Mark Esper said the service is going back in for round two.

Speaking on 8 February at the Center for Strategic and International Studies along with the other service secretaries, Esper said the army has started holding its second round of “night court” to determine which initiatives need to be cut or reduced to pay for the service’s six key modernisation priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF), the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, networking, air and missile defence, and soldier lethality.

“If we do not modernise the force now, we risk losing that future conflict against Russia or China.

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