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Army secretary directs new team to speed up Next-Gen Combat Vehicle program: Two of the Army’s top leaders reviewed last week a new process to accelerate the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program amid a massive shift to modernize the entire Army.

Eight cross-functional teams, which cover six modernization priorities including future combat vehicles, were created in October to expedite the delivery of effective capabilities to Soldiers. The current plan is for the teams to fall under the U.S. Army Futures Command when it officially stands up this summer.

Dr. Mark T. Esper has made modernization one of his top priorities for his tenure as Army secretary, and has given Under Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Gen. James C. McConville, the vice chief of staff, the authority to continue to oversee progress of the newly-formed teams.

The teams are designed to bring end users together with experts from science and technology, acquisition, requirements, test and evaluation, resourcing, and other specialties across the Army to reduce the timeline to procure and field new equipment.

“Our job is to set the conditions and put them in the position to do what they do best,” McCarthy said Thursday after he toured the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC.

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Army secretary directs new team to speed up Next-Gen Combat Vehicle program: Two of the Army’s top leaders reviewed last week a new process to accelerate the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program amid a massive shift to modernize the entire Army.Eight cross-functional teams, which cover six modernization priorities including future combat vehicles, were created in October to expedite the delivery of effective capabilities to Soldiers. The current plan is for the teams to fall under the U.S. Army Futures Command when it officially stands up this summer. Dr. Mark T. Esper has made modernization one of his top priorities for his tenure as Army secretary, and has given Under Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Gen. James C. McConville, the vice chief of staff, the authority to continue to oversee progress of the newly-formed teams.The teams are designed to bring end users together with experts from science and technology, acquisition, requirements, test and evaluation, resourcing, and other specialties across the Army to reduce the timeline to procure and field new equipment.