Odierno will Speak at AUSA Mission Command Symposium 


  Chief of Staff will Address the ‘Art of Mission Command’

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) officials have announced that the Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, will address the attendees at the Association’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) professional development forum -- “Mission Command and the Network” – at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19.

The symposium will be held 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.”

Featured on the program will be a video presentation by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Ambassador Robert Loftis, interagency professional-in-residence, Institute of Peace; Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander, U.S Army Forces Command, and Gen.  Robert W. Cone, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Also participating will be: Maj. Gen. Oliver Tramond, head, French Army Doctrine Center; Dr. Eitan Shamir, author of “Transforming Command: The Pursuit of Mission Command,” and Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, chief information officer, G-6, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Defense industry representatives will participate in panel discussions and “TechTen” presentations – 10 minute briefings on their companies’ latest technological efforts, to include research and development programs.   

 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, 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 it is the commander’s responsibility to integrate all warfighting functions in time and space.

To operationalize mission command, the Army is 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 to enable leaders, units and the 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.

Symposium 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 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.

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.”

The “Mission Command” webpage also provides information on the complete two-day agenda, lodging and sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, contact: AUSA Industry Affairs, Diane FitzGerald at (800) 336-4570, Ext. 2661, or call Rand Meade, AUSA exhibits and sponsorship manager, at (703) 907-2678.

POC: Pete Murphy
Association of the United States Army