Army Secretary Describes Army of 2028

NGAUS Washington Report
March 27, 2018

In 10 years, the Army will require an active component of 500,000 with “associated growth” in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, the Army secretary said Monday.

“The Army of 2028 will be ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere, in a join, multidomain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining its ability to conduct irregular warfare,” Mark Esper said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium.

The speech, reported by Defense News, was his first major address in his position as the service’s top civilian and the first look at his vision for the future.

He said, “The Army will do this through the employment of modern manned and unmanned ground-combat vehicles, aircraft, sustainment systems and weapons, coupled with robust combined arms formations and tactics based on a modern warfighting doctrine and centered on exceptional leaders and soldiers of unmatched lethality.”

He said the Army’s formations in 2028 “must be more robust, agile and lethal. A decade from now, they must have overmatch in all battlefield operating systems.”

Training, he said, must be “tough, realistic and dynamic, and it must be frequent, with sufficient repetition to ensure the Army of 2028 will be ready for the battlefield of the future.”

That training, he added, will focus on high-intensity conflict and urban operations in electronically austere environments where communications and data transmission is limited, the publication reported.