The Brigade combat team Modernization was the United States Army's principal modernization program for Brigade combat teams (BCTs) from 2009-2010. The program is the successor to Future Combat Systems (FCS) which was was the modernization program from 2003 to early 2009.The Army BCT Modernization strategy plans to build a versatile mix of tailorable, networked BCTs operating on a rotational scale that will leverage mobility, protection, information and precision fires to conduct effective operations to succeed in current and future full spectrum military operations.
A key goal for modernizing the Army BCTs is to enable soldiers with increased Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. Rather than making one modernization decision and then applying it across the Army over two or more decades as has been typical for the US army in the past, the BCT Modernization Plan aims to implement modernization decisions incrementally in order to stay ahead of the demands of the security environment and the needs of US soldiers. The Army’s Modernization plan "emphasizes the role of battle-tested soldiers in the development of new equipment, provides for the incremental delivery of networked capabilities, incorporates MRAP vehicles into our formations, accelerates the fielding of Network Capability Sets across all BCTs, and initiates a new Ground Combat Vehicle program as an element of combat vehicle modernization".