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Mark Esper: Army Could Free Up $25B to Support Six Modernization Priorities

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Army Secretary Mark Esper has said the service has evaluated every activity and program within the “equipping peg” and identified $25B in funds that could be shifted toward its top six priorities for modernization, Defense News reported Monday.

The service’s modernization priorities are the next-generation combat vehicle; long-range precision fires; network; soldier lethality; future vertical lift; and air and missile defense.

“That dollar figure is a low-end number over the Future Years Defense Program,” he said Monday at a press briefing at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.

“We had to make those trade-offs, and it resulted in, again, reductions and cancellations and consolidations, so that is our intent as we continue to go through the other pegs,” he noted.