The U.S. Army is making progress to reach its 2022 readiness goals but still faces challenges on staffing, repairs, modernization and training for large-scale conflicts, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.
GAO analyzed the Army’s efforts to improve warfighting readiness since 2016 as part of the study. The government watchdog noted that the Army has advanced the efforts to increase its personnel, develop new warfighting concepts, update equipment and launch new training strategies such as the implementation of simulated technology.
However, GAO said the Army failed to progress on matters such as achieving recruitment targets, staffing new cyber and security force units, repairing Patriot missile systems, evaluating modernization costs and boosting unmanned aerial system training efforts. Other challenges detailed in the report include failing to hire and retain personnel for the service branch’s maintenance depots.
According to the report, the Army must continue to work on GAO’s 44 recommendations to support its transformation ahead of future warfare operations especially in the new cyber domain.