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US Army anxious to transform with integrated technology, says chief of staff

Army Staff Sgt. Stetson Manuel, a Robotics and Autonomous Systems platoon sergeant and infantryman, assembles the Ghost-X Unmanned Aircraft System during the human machine integration experiment for Project Convergence Capstone 4 at Fort Irwin, California, 11 March 2024. Photo: Army Staff Sgt. LaShic Patterson

The United States Army is “anxious to transform” into a more efficient and lethal force by integrating advanced technology, according to Chief of Staff of the Army General Randy A George.

The United States Army is “anxious to transform” into a more efficient and lethal force by integrating advanced technology, according to Chief of Staff of the Army General Randy A George.

The US Army is moving towards a future where soldier formations will be integrated with advanced technology on the ground and in the air, according to GEN George, speaking to Defense One on 22 March.

“We’ve all seen how the battlefield is changing, (and) we know that you can’t have these big C2 (command and control) nodes that are out there,” he said.

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“We know that machines can do a lot of things right now much more effectively and much cheaper, and we’re going to have to incorporate them into our formations.”

The US military have recently held a series of innovation and advanced technology experiments under the US’ Project Convergence Capstone 4 (PC-C4) with forces taking part from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Space Force.

Dubbed PC-C4, the two-phase, joint and multination experiment was held at Camp Pendleton in California and the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, from 23 February through to 20 March.

Recent innovations with applications to the US Army include the use of robotic dogs, unmanned aircraft systems and other systems.

“Technology is moving really fast … and [PC-C4] kind of gave us an opportunity to see just how we could do that,” according to GEN George.

“That was all tied together by a very simple command and control network that was easy to use and intuitive. It was amazing.

“I think there’s nothing like testing … in the environments that you know you’re going to need to operate in; this isn’t about testing something in a showroom. This is actually getting to use (the technology) where they’re going to use it … and I think that’s where we do our best learning.

“We do have a sense of urgency. I think everybody is anxious to transform.”

Around 120 Australian soldiers also participated at this year’s iteration of the Project Convergence Capstone Four.

PC-C4 comprised more than 4,000 service members and civilians across the US military – including the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force and US Space Force – as well as like-minded international militaries, including the UK, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Japan. PC-C5 is set to be held in the United States in 2025.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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