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McMaster: Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy To Be Revealed at AUSA

McMaster: Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy To Be Revealed at AUSA by Jen Judson, Defense News

The head of the Army Capabilities Integration Center said yesterday the service will unveil its combat vehicle modernization strategy at the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington next month.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the champion of the Army's operating concept "Win in a Complex World" revealed at AUSA's main event last year, said the new vehicle strategy has taken shape through the lens of the concept and will take into account a new balance of mobility, protection and lethality in combat vehicle missions.

McMaster said in the past that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused the Army to rightfully focus on vehicle protection at the expense of mobility and lethality, but now it's time to focus on all three, although he acknowledged there will need to be tradeoffs.

The Army vice chief of staff already signed off on the strategy, McMaster said at an AUSA breakfast on Sept. 10 in Arlington, Va.

McMaster said one of the Army's current priorities for infantry brigade combat teams is to give them a high degree of mobility; capability that allows them to respond quickly, with low logistics demand and also the ability to operate in restricted and urban terrain…

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