June 28, 2013

Army Modernization Plan

“The Army News Service reported July 5 on the Army’s Modernization Plan 2012, spelling out the branch’s budget request for 2012. The Army laid out how the budget fits into current conflicts as well as the Army’s long term plans, aiming to achieve their strategic objectives within the changing battlefield realities of the 21st century.


Army Modernization Plan

Brig. General Edward P. Donnelly, the Army’s director for Joint and Futures Development, laid out three priorities for the Army going forward: networking the force, protecting and empowering soldiers, and defeating and deterring hybrid threats.

Donnelly stressed that the Army expects future enemies will not be able to compete with the Army symmetrically — in traditional head-to-head conflicts — and the Army will need to be able to deal with asymmetrical threats, like localized terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare tactics.

Donnelly defined hybrid threats as enemies using well understood technologies in unconventional ways, such as cellphones used as bomb detonating devices.

According to the Army website, the goal of the Army’s Modernization Plan 2012 is to develop an affordable and flexible plan, providing the best equipment and training to succeed in both today’s operations and into the future.

In related news, the Washington Post reported July 6 on proposed spending cuts introduced in the House targeting money set aside for military bands in 2012. The overall budget for military bands was $320 million in 2011. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, wants that figure cut to $200 million. She noted that as cuts are being made domestically to health care and education, including music education in schools, military band spending has been rising.

Opposition was voiced by Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican, who called the reductions a threat to the morale of the armed forces. In a joint letter with Silvestre Reyes, a Democrat from Texas, he said that military bands “”uphold pride and morale through music at funerals, welcome-home celebrations, concerts, ceremonies and other esprit-de-corps events.

The military is the United States’ largest employer of musicians with approximately 4,000 musicians on active duty, along with a large number in the National Guard and Army Reserve. The Army has 32 active bands, the Air Force has 24 while the Navy and Marines have 14 each. The National Guard and Army Reserve have 51 and 17 bands, respectively.”

Find out more, visit:

Army.mil – Official Army Website

Will the House drum up support to cut spending on military bands? – Washington Post

The Army’s Next Big Fight – Slate Magazine

To Cut Budget, Concentrate on Growth, History Shows: Echoes – Bloomberg

What effect will US military cuts have on Pakistan? – BBC