The Army’s modernization priorities are proving helpful, Army leaders told House lawmakers Thursday, pointing to Ukraine’s capabilities against Russia, Army Times reported.

“Long-range precision fires are extremely important,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said, indirectly referencing Ukraine’s ability to translate battlefield intelligence into high-impact strikes on key Russian leaders and equipment. “We’re seeing the value of that – the ability to sink ships, the ability to hit command posts.”

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said the service is investing in the counter-drone technology that has played a role on the battlefield in Ukraine.

Some lawmakers said the Army’s fiscal year 2023 budget leans heavily toward modernization and away from urgent needs, as Roll Call reported.

“Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine highlights just how vital it is that we pass a robust budget that reduces both near-term and long-term risks,” House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said. “Unfortunately, this budget proposal makes those choices mutually exclusive.”

Army photo by Jorge Garcia