AUSA's Thought Leaders – Dr. James Helis

AUSA's Thought Leaders – Dr. James Helis

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AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast— focuses on senior military leaders and contemporary military authors, Thought Leaders seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy.

Please join us on Thursday, 8 April 2021 at 1400 to hear a presentation by Dr. James Helis, Director of the Army Resilience Directorate.

During this session, Dr. Helis will discuss the Army’s efforts to continuously improve sexual assault, sexual harassment, and associated retaliation prevention efforts. He will explain how eliminating sexual offenses promotes cohesion and ensures the readiness of Army formations. Dr. Helis will discuss how the Army ensures professional, compassionate, and comprehensive care and support to members of the Army team when sexual harassment or sexual assault incidents do occur.

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  • Thursday, 8 April 2021


  • Dr. James Helis
    Director, Army Resilience Directorate

    Dr. Helis was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on 3 March 2019. He is currently serving as the Director of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP), Ready and Resilient (SR2) Directorate. In this capacity, he establishes effective strategies, develops plans, and formulates policies for continued improvement of SR2 programs. Dr. Helis works with Army and Department of Defense Senior Leaders to develop and execute short-term strategies and long-term initiatives to satisfy changing needs in a dynamic, evolving environment supporting Soldiers and Army Families. Prior to this assignment, he served as the National Security Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Washington, DC. In this capacity he advised the Assistant Secretary on the role of the Department of Transportation pertaining to national security objectives Additionally, Dr. Helis served as the Superintendent to the United States Merchant Marine Academy for four years. As the Chief Executive Officer for one of America’s finest academies, he was responsible for the effective execution of a comprehensive four-year leadership program for cadets’ commission as an officer in one of the US Armed Forces.