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August 2015 AUSA News

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The Army must be able to logistically execute at the tactical, operational and strategic level anywhere in the world in support of the maneuver commander, said Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-4. "We have nothing else...
There is no doubt that communities will suffer under these reductions. (Army force reductions for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 will decrease the Army’s active component from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, and cuts Army civilian positions by 17,000.)...
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Reprinted by permission of The Hill Lasting scars to our nation’s national security are forming because of the continued political stalemate over spending priorities, including our financial commitment to defense. While some view the tug-of-war over...
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A senior Pentagon official is making the case for a massive overhaul of the military personnel system – from recruiting to promotions to tour length and duration of service – a move he describes as modernizing an aging set of rules and policies that...
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Far-reaching military retirement reforms proposed by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) in January 2015 have been largely adopted by Congress and DoD. The reforms include a pension reduction from 2.5 percent to...
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The U.S. faces a kaleidoscope of threats and needs a balanced, robust Army to address them, the president of the Association of the U.S. Army told the National Commission on the Future of the Army. "Not only must we immediately stop the precipitous...
The Army Chief of Staff’s Retired Soldier Council convened at the Pentagon from April 20-24 to review issues of concern to the retired community and advise the Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. During the council’s meeting, members...
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On March 18, the Army launched its new "White Pages," open to anyone with either a Common Access Card or Department of Defense Self-Service Logon account. Designed by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, the new "White Pages" are available through...
Kicking off a week of events for the Army’s 240th birthday, Army Secretary John M. McHugh laid a wreath at the tomb of George Washington, and honored the men and women who selflessly serve to protect the nation. As part of the events at the Mount...
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Secretary of the Army John McHugh officially approved the Army’s participation in the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held October 12-14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. McHugh’s...
There is a lot of uncertainty that exists in this world today, in spite of predictions by others that we are entering a period of peace," said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. Adding, "But even with declining budgets, I know this to be certain...
The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is adapting and preparing for an uncertain future by optimizing global sustainment, readiness and support for combatant commanders, said Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, AMC’s deputy commanding general. "Today, we are providing...
The Army needs to "adapt, plan, execute and assess faster than the enemy" in order to win in a complex world, the commanding general of the Army’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command said in early June. To accomplish this goal, the Army must develop "...
A biography in the Association of the U.S. Army’s Book Program has just won its fourth award. "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne" was written by Army Col. Douglas V. Mastriano, a military historian who teaches at the U.S. Army...
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It is summer in Washington and the perennial problem of authorizing and funding our Army is in full flower. As I have reported before, seemingly endlessly, defense authorization and appropriations legislation is moving forward in both houses of...
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The Association’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released two new publications. "Malaysia, Singapore and the United States: Harmony or Hegemony?" (National Security Watch 15-2, May 13, 2015), examines the complex relationship between...
A new report says that inconsistent education standards of K-12 schools in and around military bases could pose a serious retention issue for the Army. "Soldiers expect family care as part of the overall package of compensation provided in exchange...
Sustainment is not only an Army core competency, it is an Army competitive advantage that is unique among other armies around the world," said the Army director of strategy, plans and policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7. "We cannot...
Greetings from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), our Army’s and our soldiers’ professional organization. For all of us in and around our Army, there is no doubt we are all busy keeping pace with the events of a modern world. This...