Army announces modernization and readiness exercise

By Evan Ochsner / April 1, 2022 at 11:47 AM

The Army's "premier training event for 2022" will include demonstrations of the modernized Abrams Tank and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Army announced Thursday.

Global Defender 22 will take place at multiple installations from April to September, according to the announcement.

“Global Defender 22 is designed to allow the Army to employ and assess multidomain concepts, demonstrate advanced future capabilities, and test future tactics, techniques and procedures as part of Army current and future readiness and modernization objectives,” the announcement states.

The exercise will be conducted in two phases, the Army said. The first phase will consist of three exercises to “demonstrate and assess specific modernization capabilities, formations, and strategic readiness.”

Phase one will involve about 20,000 personnel, according to the release, and part of it will highlight modernization efforts of the M1A2SEPv3 Abrams tank and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The Army is providing most of the personnel and units for phase one, according to the release, but the Air Force and Navy will also participate.

Project Convergence 22 will be part of the second phase, led by Army Futures Command and slated for August through September.