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)