AUSA Mission Command Symposium Focuses on LandWarNet 

4/9/2012 

          The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and its Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) will present a professional development forum titled “Mission Command and the Network” June 19 -- 20 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Mo.

          Participating in the symposium will be presentations and panel discussions with speakers from the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, the U.S. Army Mission Command Center of Excellence, the defense industry, allied nations, academia and “think tanks.”

         As America faces an uncertain national security environment, the U.S. Army remains central to the nation’s defense as part of the Joint Force.

         No major conflict has been won without “boots on the ground.”

         The U.S. Army engages in three essential roles: preventing conflict through credible readiness, sometimes requiring decisive action; shaping the international environment by engaging partners, fostering mutual understanding through military-to-military contacts and helping partners build the capacity to defend themselves; and finally, by winning decisively and dominantly.

         To succeed in these roles, the U.S. Army is reframing some of the key concepts of its warfighting doctrine.

         In support of the Joint Force and in acknowledgement of the complex nature of 21st century warfare,  the Army’s doctrine of unified land operations is guided by mission command -- the commander-centric conduct of military operations based on disciplined initiative, trust, intent and understanding among all echelons.

         It is the warfighting function that seeks to inform and influence leaders while achieving advantages through the application of conventional, cyber and electronic means.

         As a warfighting function, mission command is the first among equals because, at its essence, it is the commander’s responsibility to integrate all warfighting functions in time and space to accomplish the mission.

        To operationalize mission command for use by the force, the Army is heavily investing in the network, also known as LandWarNet, to be the core of a smaller but more capable Army.

        The foundation of the modernized network is a joint, secure and common architecture that will provide information from the cloud to enable leaders, units and the institutional Army to function more effectively.

         For the operational force, the Army is conducting a series of semi-annual field exercises known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) to evaluate, integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network.

         The exercises will assess network and non-network capabilities to determine implications across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities.

         This symposium will address a variety of significant topics which will be of great interest to industry, academia, the joint and international communities as well as the U.S. military.

          Topics include mission command enablers and the operationalization of mission command; techniques Army educational institutions can use to teach mission command; mission command training; and, last but certainly not least, technological advancements and investments in the network that not only have directly enhanced other warfighting functions, but have also potentially made the network a weapon as well.

           In addition to the senior military and civilian leaders discussing these critical issues, there will be an important video presentation from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.                   

Register for the AUSA symposium

          To register for the AUSA ILW Mission Command Symposium, go online to www.ausa.org, “Meetings” on the Tool Bar – then to “AUSA ILW Mission Command Symposium,” – “Attendee Registration.”  OR  Click here to register

           The “Mission Command” webpage also provides general information on lodging and sponsorship opportunities.

            For more information, contact: AUSA Industry Affairs, (800) 336-4570, Ext. 2416, or call Rand Meade, AUSA exhibits and sponsorship manager, at (703) 907-2678.