U.S. Army Starts Work On Transformation Strategy

Credit: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is taking the next year to craft a transformation strategy that builds off a modernization plan the service issued in 2016, according to the service’s acquisition executive.

The 2016 modernization plan assessed what the Army needed to do over the next 15 years to remain relevant, but now that four years have passed it’s time for a revision, Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette told reporters Oct. 13. For instance, the revised plan will assess how the Army can bring some of its supply chain back to the U.S. 

The Army has tasked Brig. Gen. Vincent Malone, joint program executive officer for armaments and ammunition and commanding general of Picatinny Arsenal, with revising the modernization strategy.

An example of a project that will be featured in the revised strategy is installing a new nitrocellulose line at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia, Malone said. Nitrocellulose is a chemical compound used in propellants and rockets.

“Some things have evolved in our strategy, some things have been reprioritized, some new requirements have come about so it’s time for us to republish a plan that address our modernization in the [program objective memorandum],” Malone said during the same Oct. 13 briefing.