The Army Secretary America Needs
Beginning in 2013 when the transformation was complete, the Army started replacing the combat power it had previously removed, returning the organizations to their original configuration. While the U.S. Army has failed in all its major weapons development efforts and attempts to modernize how it organizes to fight, America’s potential enemies have advanced.
During the same period in which the Army failed to produce a single working prototype, Russia modernized its armored force, robotics, cyber-capabilities and also reorganized how it fights in the field. While the U.S. Army tried and failed to produce a system-of-systems with the Future Combat Systems, Russia designed, tested and began fielding a new family of armored vehicles known as the Armata. Additionally, China has continued to modernize its entire armed forces at a rapid pace.
America simply cannot afford to see the U.S. Army continue in strategic and organizational drift. It needs a strong secretary of the Army to provide the vision, experience and leadership necessary to modernize the service.
The president should select someone who has the passion and skills necessary to solve the Army’s current readiness problems, and once again make it the dominant land force around the globe. America’s potential enemies around the world have continued advancing their capabilities while the U.S. Army treads water. It is crucial, therefore, that the president swiftly nominate a quality, experienced leader who can quickly get confirmed by the Senate and get to work repairing the Army.
Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after twenty-one years, including four combat deployments.
Image: 2014 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. Flickr/U.S. Army