William Crosby: Army Finds Aviation Sci-Tech Funding Environment Difficult

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Black HawkMaj. Gen. William Crosby will retire as the U.S. Army’s program executive officer of aviation at the end of January after five years of service, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Paul McLeary writes Crosby has asked his successor to continue investing in the Improved Turbine Engine Program and the L digital cockpit for the Black Hawk helicopter.

Crosby described the branch’s difficulty in using science and technology funds during his last press conference at the AUSA Army Aviation symposium on Jan. 14, McLeary reports.

“The hardest funds to defend in this environment are S&T, because we want gratification now,” Crosby told an Army Aviation conference in northern Virginia.

“When you reduce budgets there’s got to be a balance between sustainment, modernization, and S&T,” he added.

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