Army Modernization in the 21st Century

Ghosts in the Machine

ABSTRACT: Harsh lessons from the failure of the US Army’s future

combat system a decade ago continue to haunt Army modernization

efforts today. The advent of Army Futures Command and changes

to the modernization and acquisitions process signal progress

toward exorcising these ghosts of the past, enabling the Army to

work with rather than against industry as it formulates its future

combat systems requirements.

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