Friday, March 03, 2017

a.  NCO and Soldier Programs - “Why do veterans complete college courses at a higher rate than civilians?    

Statistical reports show veterans have a higher degree of completion of college level courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  For all of us who wear or have worn the uniform of our Nation, this is great news.  Researchers have not been able to pinpoint why veterans do better and have a higher completion rate from college versus non-veterans.  Why do you think veterans have a higher completion rate?

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b.  AUSA Five Things – “How does Austere Challenge 2017 boost readiness and deterrence?”

AUSA Five Things:  A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members, dated February 27, 2017: “Big Response to Austere Challenge.

“Thousands of troops from the U.S., Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom took part in Austere Challenge 2017, a five-month command post exercise aimed at coordinating speedy responses to a variety of threats. The computer-assisted command-and-control exercise involved about 5,000 troops.
What to watch: Overwhelming and decisive response, evidenced by speedy and coordinated deployment of forces, is viewed by Army leaders as a possible deterrent to aggression. Also, practicing speedy response is a way of boosting combat readiness.”

c.  AUSA Moderator – “Can the Army lose cyber battles but win the war?”

“Cyber warfare will only intensify in the future, with a strong possibility that the U.S. Army will not be able to completely defend itself from attacks, a new report warns.

The Army Cyber Institute report says the U.S. Army and the rest of the military ‘cannot defend all of the digital, individual, social, physical and kinetic domains.’ Called ‘A Widening Attack Plain,’ the report was written in collaboration with Arizona State University and represents the work of more than two dozen experts from the military, government, academia and industry. The Army Cyber Institute is located at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.”

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d.  AUSA Moderator – “Army’s first Muslim division-level chaplain.”

“This summer, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz will become the first Muslim to be a division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military, according to McClatchy.   As chaplain of the Army’s 7 thInfantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, Shabazz will be the spiritual leader for more than 14,000 soldiers, most of whom are Christian. Currently, there are just five Muslim chaplains in the Army and only 10 in the entire military.“

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Should the U.S. be prepared to use military force against North Korea?

  • Yes
  • No  
  • Not sure