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News | July 15, 2020

U.S.-U.K. Agree to Modernization Collaboration

Office of the Secretary of the Army

On June 13, the United States and the United Kingdom announced the formal launch of a defense modernization collaboration and planning framework.

Both countries agree that the development of a joint defense modernization initiative would contribute to the long-term resiliency of defense programs through enhanced capability, cost-sharing, and optimized sustainably.

"The United Kingdom, one of our strongest allies, has helped secure our shared interests and values since the World Wars of the last century, said Secretary of the U.S. Army Ryan D. McCarthy.

"Today, we continue to rely on our allies to posture ourselves for future threats, project power, deter and, if necessary, defeat our adversaries. This partnership allows costly and complex problems to be distributed and helps protect the industrial base by enabling faster innovation and cost-sharing to achieve our modernization priorities," added the secretary.

Potential joint modernization efforts include but are not limited to, networks Long Range Precision Fires; Future Vertical Lift; Soldier and Ground Lethality; and Precision Navigation and Timing.

In June, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke to U.K. Secretary for Defence Ben Wallace about ways to foster closer industrial cooperation.

“In an age of great power competition and constant conflict, there is an even greater onus on us to work together with our greatest allies, said U.K. Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey.

“This agreement signals our shared determination to develop the novel capabilities that will give us that battle-winning edge and opportunity for the defense industry on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a reminder that, in a more challenging and uncertain world, Global Britain remains the United States partner of choice.’

The U.S.-UK modernization framework will advance  U.S. and U.K. defense priorities. Both governments are committed to maintaining high levels of collaboration to serve as a model for Defense cooperation.