Breaking Defense:

Senior Army leaders have signed off on a new Project Convergence blueprint that will replace the once-a-year schedule centerpiece with a mix of persistent year-round experiments and larger capstone events thrown in, according to the three-star general leading the charge.

Word came earlier this year that the service would not be hosting Project Convergence in 2023, as part of a re-thinking of the effort. The kind of capstone, large-scale exercise previously held in the last three years will not return until the Spring of 2024, but when it does return, new ballistic missile defense tests are set to be folded in.

Convergence had previously been billed as an annual occasion to test out new weapons and reduce the amount of time between sensing a threat, targeting it and executing the launch sequence. Since the first event was held at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. in 2020, the service has hosted increasingly complicated scenarios with its sister services and foreign partners (the United Kingdom and Australia), but Army leaders have now determined this model is not ideal and changes are needed. 

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