The U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA 2021) delivered several revelations on the Army’s procurement and modernization plans. Here are some highlights from the event, which concluded on October 13 in Washington, D.C.


Discussions about hypersonic capabilities occupied a large portion of the three-day event. Army officials said the military is prioritizing the fast, cost-efficient production of several hypersonic weapons systems.

Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space, and Rapid Acquisition, said the Army and Navy are moving at an unprecedented speed to acquire battle-ready hypersonic weapons technology. The Army’s Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic systems share the same booster stack and glide body, allowing for technical cooperation between the two services.  

Heidi Shyu, the new undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the…