US Army shifting billions to priorities like better guns for soldiers

The US Army is shifting over $25 billion over the next five years to 6 major high priority projects like better guns for frontline soldiers.

The first phase of the better guns effort is the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW), which will replace the M249 SAW, a 5.56 mm light machinegun issued one or two per 10-man squad. The second will be a new Squad Automatic Rifle to replace the M16 and M4 — but only for frontline combat troops like infantry, special operations, and combat engineers. That’s about 100,000 people.

They will likely use new 6.8 caliber rounds that also have higher speed.