Tasked and Ready: The Armys Commitment to the Better Buying Power Program
Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Washington United States
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The Army is charged with maintaining readiness and technological overmatch in an era of increasing threats and decreasing budgets. Since 2011, the last full year of engagement in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the Armys Research, Development and Acquisition RDA base budget has decreased by one-third, with fiscal year 2015 funding now at 20 billion. This decrement has necessitated cancellation of certain programs, and has stretched other programs schedules. In addition, per-unit equipment costs have increased as procurement quantities have dropped. These funding reductions present a significant challenge to the Army. How does the Department of Defense DoD ensure its technological superiority while maintaining, sustaining and resetting equipment coming out of theaters of operations In addition, the Army must continue to support a diverse set of operations.