US Army to Scale Back, Eliminate 80 Programs to Fund Modernization Efforts

The US Army is planning to kill 41 programs and cut back on another 39 projects in fiscal year 2021 in an effort to free up funds for the five-year Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).

Military.com reported Friday that budget officials from the US Army had concluded a “night court” program review and identified a total of 80 programs that would either be eliminated from the service or reduced in size.

The savings that resulted from the proposed changes would be funneled into the FYDP, the service’s five-year modernization program.

According to the eliminations chart uploaded by the outlet, notable programs that will be abandoned by the Army include the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the Mobile Intermediate Range Missile and the service life extension of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). The total savings produced from killing all 41 programs amount to $324,153,000.

In the category of reductions, the Army was able to come up with some $868,866,000 in funds to be transferred to the FYDP. Of the programs targeted for downsizing by the service, those associated with the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and Joint Assault Bridge are expected to give the Army the most return and account for around $550 million of the total savings.

“Long-range precision fires is our number one modernization priority and in FY21 we are investing an over $800 million in hypersonics alone to support accelerated development,…

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