Out Gunned and Out Matched

Aug 11, 2017

The U.S. Army is short nearly $10 billion that it needs to begin modernizing its equipment. Several of its capabilities have been outmatched by Russia. It has had to rely on equipment purchased in the 1980s. Modernization has been slowed because of many issues including cancelled acquisition programs, an inability to decide on top modernization priorities, wars in the Middle East, and caps on spending imposed by Congress. In April 2016, the Army Chief of Staff said that the army had become “outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries.” Russian missile defenses threaten U.S. and NATO air space in parts of Europe. Andrew Hunter of Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group said, “The Army has some critical needs to modernized because of the evolving threat, driven largely by Russia.”