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U.S. Army leaders eye network modernization to improve situational awareness against near-peer adversaries

U.S. Army leaders plan to spend more than $8.4 billion over the next five years to modernize the service's battlefield networks, according to the Pentagon’s latest budget request and Army documents. C4ISRnet reports. 

22 April 2019 -- The Army's network modernization plan includes about $1.5 billion more for fiscal years 2020 to 2023 than Army leaders projected to spend on the network in last year’s budget request.

Network modernization is one of the top six modernization priorities for the Army’s chief of staff. These priorities seek to improve the Army's ability to fight and win against near-peer adversaries, and readying the service to be multidomain-capable by 2028.

Army leaders believe they will need hardened and resilient communications in the face of sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) jamming techniques. They also will need the ability to share data more rapidly for improved situational awareness, and to enable forces to be mobile and dispersed.