The Army is carefully scrutinizing every aspect of itself to ensure it is ready to fight China if needed, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Monday at the Association of the United States Army’s conference.

“The future is a lot closer than some of us think,” Wormuth said, Defense One reported. “The stakes are high, but we are up to the challenge if we move decisively.”

Wormuth said the service will review everything it does, noting that “data and software will be as important as ammunition on the future battlefield.”

She said the review “will not be easy, but it is needed. And given the challenges ahead, we may have to accept some risk now to avoid greater risk in the future.”

Army photo by Anthony-Matthew Sualog