The chief of the Army Reserve said Thursday his component is “falling behind” the National Guard and active force in having up-to-date equipment.  Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley told an audience that his portion of the Army’s equipment modernization budget is less than half of what it was prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“Pre-9/11, the Army Reserve had about six percent of the equipment-modernization budget; I am less than three percent today,” he told an audience at a breakfast hosted by the Association of the United States Army, an advocacy group based in Arlington, Virginia.

“We are falling behind the other two components in equipment modernization,” he said.

This is important, Talley said, when talking about mission command systems.

“I need to plug and play with our Army National Guard and our regular Army, and I can’t because 75 percent of all our mission command systems aren’t interoperable because of a lack of modernization, whether it’s hardware, software — actually it’s a combination of both,” he said.


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