Test teams of soldiers will attempt to reduce the time it takes to see and hit targets to less than 20 seconds.
In comparing land-based capabilities, the Army found that its artillery was falling short of Russian and Chinese weaponry.
The Navy conducted a ground test of a precision-guided projectile the Army fires from cannons, manufacturer Raytheon said.
The extended-range artillery cannon could help eliminate threats for ground troops and other military assets, Esper said.
The service wants its extended-reach cannon to have lighter muzzle brakes.
In addition to U.S. and coalition strikes, Iraqi fighter aircraft have also attacked ISIS targets inside Syria recently.
The Extended Range Cannon Artillery weapon is designed to hit ranges greater than 70 kilometers.
Senior Army officials mapped out a plan to dramatically increase the range of the service's artillery and missile systems.
The Army's proposed 2019 budget would add 4K soldiers to the active force and purchase large quantities of missiles.
A new budget request features an increase in big guns and artillery rockets as well as a plus-up of some 1,100 Marines.
Maj. Gen. John Richardson IV has launched a yearlong effort to heal the base's deeply scarred image.
The Marine Corps is considering a plan in which it could funnel all recruits to a new base.
Congressman Dan Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL and the headliner in one of the most hyped-up joint campaign ads ever.
The mere possibility of the Marine Corps shaking up where it trains new recruits has drawn swift backlash.
The Army began creating this new approach to the beginning of BCT during the spring.