Military Capabilities

AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

16 October 2019

US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything.

During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and uniformed leaders talked about ongoing plans to deliver on six modernisation priorities – Long-Range Precision Fires, Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV), Future Vertical Lift, networking, air and missile defence, and soldier lethality. Of the six, the head of US Army Futures Command General Mike Murray pinned the network as the most vulnerable.

“It’s not problems within the network, it’s that we’re relying on the network for so much,” Gen Murray told reporters during a 14 October media roundtable.

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