Army acquisition chief, Doug Bush, said Abrams tanks could be produced at a faster rate should Congress decide to support a ramp-up and that the Pentagon and the Army were looking at options to possibly field Abrams tanks more quickly to Poland.
Due to issues building prototypes in the pandemic, the Army is seeing test schedules for its new air-and-missile defense radar slip. But the service believes it is still on track to reach a congressionally mandated urgent fielding goal by the end of 2023.
The Army is getting serious about a future interceptor for its next-generation Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense System that is more capable of defeating complex threats like hypersonic weapons, according to a review of FY23 budget documents.
The service's $24.5 billion fiscal 2022 budget request is weighted heavily in its research and development portfolio as it seeks to develop more resilient, capable architectures, particularly for space-based missile warning and tracking.
President Joe Biden will launch the annual budget and appropriations process Friday when he sends Congress his discretionary spending top line requests for fiscal 2022 ― but Pentagon spending, policy and nominations will be jostling for attention in a busy Congress.
The Army may have to reconsider its end-strength and global presence in addition to cuts to current fleet procurement accounts if it doesn't get a bigger budget in the next few years, the service's secretary said.