In both chambers of Congress, next year’s NDAA tells DoD it’s time to devote more energy toward understanding not just the cost of buying weapons, but the long-term cost of owning them.
That 4,000 soldier deficit came in April and May when the Army saw a dip of about 2,000 new enlistments per month.
The Pentagon plans to announce new contracts under the Defense Production Act to increase the domestic supply of critical N95 respirators over the next three months.
Back-end IT upgrades and more “virtual” recruiting are part of the Army’s plan to address recruiting shortfalls.
The Army is competing with a healthy economy and a small pool of eligible recruits to increase its ranks.
The Army is getting rid of its early retirement program as it ramps up its end strength.
After years of shrinking the force, the Army is suddenly in growth mode again, creating new challenges for recruiters.
The Army hasn’t achieved a number like that in the past 20 years without violating DoD’s quality standards.
The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
The Army is reexamining its recruitment process. The ultimate goal is to refine the recruiting process so the service still attains top-notch soldiers without ”industrial age” metrics that only measure raw numbers of recruits.