USA — Army releases 2010 modernization strategy

WASHINGTON — The Depart­ment of the Army released Wednes­day the 2010 Army Mod­ern­iza­tion Strat­e­gy (AMS).
“The goal of Army mod­ern­iza­tion is to devel­op and field the best equip­ment avail­able to allow our Sol­diers to be suc­cess­ful against our ene­mies,” said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army. “We must con­tin­ue to trans­form into a force that is ver­sa­tile, expe­di­tionary, agile, lethal, sus­tain­able and inter­op­er­a­ble, so that our Sol­diers will have a deci­sive advan­tage in any fight.”

Modular Accessory Shotgun System, or MASS
A Sol­dier eval­u­ates the per­for­mance of the Mod­u­lar Acces­so­ry Shot­gun Sys­tem, or MASS. The MASS com­bines the fire­pow­er and fea­tures of the M‑4 rifle in an over/under design with a 12-gauge shot­gun. The MASS allows Sol­diers to engage far away tar­gets with the rifle while tak­ing advan­tage of the ver­sa­til­i­ty in shot­gun rounds for tar­gets up close. The MASS is sched­uled to be field­ed with­in the next two fis­cal years.
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The Army plans to achieve its 2010 mod­ern­iza­tion goals by devel­op­ing and field­ing new capa­bil­i­ties; con­tin­u­ous­ly mod­ern­iz­ing equip­ment to meet cur­rent and future capa­bil­i­ty needs through pro­cure­ment of upgrad­ed capa­bil­i­ties, reset, and recap­i­tal­iza­tion; and meet­ing con­tin­u­ous­ly evolv­ing force require­ments through Army pri­or­i­ties and the Army Force Gen­er­a­tion Mod­el.

Equip­ping indi­vid­ual Sol­diers and units is a core Army respon­si­bil­i­ty under Title 10, U.S. Code.

“Pro­vid­ing all of America’s sons and daugh­ters who serve in our Army with the most capa­ble equip­ment for the bat­tles they’re fight­ing today and are like­ly to face in the future are the respon­si­bil­i­ties that the Army takes seri­ous­ly and is com­mit­ted to accom­plish­ing,” said Lt. Gen. Robert P. Lennox, deputy chief of staff G‑8 and the Army’s chief mate­r­i­al inte­gra­tion offi­cer.

The com­plete 2010 AMS is avail­able at:

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)