The Army is launching the largest modernization plan since Raegan, but the effort’s expenses are almost guaranteed to exceed estimates. Though the Army has money from Night Courts, sympathetic Defense secretaries, and congressional committees, none will offer enough to fulfill the kind of budget required. Right now, Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette has been able to finance priority initiatives, but it is unclear if he will be able to keep up with increasing needs.
The Army is aiming to fund the Integrated Tactical Network to coordinate combat operations, counter weapons for armored vehicles, two batteries of Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense systems, and the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for improved targeting and night vision capabilities. By 2023, the Army has even more goals for modernization that will increase overall performance.