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New Army Futures Command success hinges on relationship building, says McCarthy: A successful Futures Command very much depends on bringing in the right people, and then cementing personal relationships between them, said Under Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy.

If they succeed, modernization succeeds, and if modernization succeeds, so does the Army and the national security of the United States, he said.

McCarthy addressed Army modernization at the Brookings Institute, Feb. 8. Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of foreign policy research at Brookings, moderated the discussion.

Futures Command will work to advance the Army’s six modernization priorities, he said: long-range precision fires, a next-generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift platforms, a mobile and expeditionary Army network, air and missile defense capabilities, and Soldier lethality.

Asked which of those six priorities is the top priority, McCarthy said they could not be ranked-ordered most to least important because “we fight as a formation. Each affects the others.”

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New Army Futures Command success hinges on relationship building, says McCarthy: A successful Futures Command very much depends on bringing in the right people, and then cementing personal relationships between them, said Under Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy.If they succeed, modernization succeeds, and if modernization succeeds, so does the Army and the national security of the United States, he said.McCarthy addressed Army modernization at the Brookings Institute, Feb. 8. Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of foreign policy research at Brookings, moderated the discussion.Futures Command will work to advance the Army’s six modernization priorities, he said: long-range precision fires, a next-generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift platforms, a mobile and expeditionary Army network, air and missile defense capabilities, and Soldier lethality.Asked which of those six priorities is the top priority, McCarthy said they could not be ranked-ordered most to least important because “we fight as a formation. Each affects the others.”