Military Capabilities

US Army vows to maintain funding for modernisation programmes

18 September 2019

US Army leaders are proposing additional cuts to legacy weapons programmes in the forthcoming fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request to pay for new weapons but funding challenges could be on the horizon, according to Lieutenant General James Pasquarette, the deputy chief of staff in charge of programmes.

During an 18 September Association of the US Army breakfast, the three-star general told the audience that the service has delivered its FY 2021 budget proposal to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for further review, and the army's proposed budget "fully funds" its six modernisation priorities.

"The [army leadership] guidance was the same as it was the year before, 'Look for efficiencies in the equipping programmes in order to resource the modernisation priorities within a steady army top line.

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